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Dr. Antonia Swink Leading the Geriatric Psychiatry Program

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Dr. Antonia Swink Leading the Geriatric Psychiatry Program

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2030 one in six people will be age 60 or older. That segment of the global population is expected to further double by 2050. Sometimes called the graying of America here in the US, every community must work to adapt to the increased proportion of elderly members.  

VCU Psychiatry is embracing the challenge with the Geriatric Psychiatry Program spearheaded by Assistant Professor Dr. Antonia Swink. 


VCU Psychiatry Ranked 14th in Nation for Funding

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VCU Psychiatry Ranked 14th in Nation for Funding

The VCU Department of Psychiatry ranked 14th in the nation for NIH funding in 2023, as compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research


Dr. Kendler Reaches #1 Rank

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Dr. Kendler Reaches #1 Rank

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Kendler on achieving the Number 1 lifetime ranking among all scholars worldwide in Psychiatry!

Dr. Kendler on ScholarGPS

2023 Partners in Healing Award

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2023 Partners in Healing Award

Congratulations to Dr. Allison Williams, Clinical Psychologist in our Child and Adolescent Division, for receiving a 2023 Partners in Healing Award. This award, presented by the VCU Health Spiritual Care and VCU Patient Counseling Department, honors Partners in Healing, for those that have gone above and beyond their job descriptions by joining with them to provide compassionate care for patients, families, and team members during Spiritual Care Week.

Dr. Gerry Moeller, MD, Featured in NEXT Article

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Dr. Gerry Moeller, MD, Featured in NEXT Article

Psychiatrist and addiction expert F. Gerard "Gerry" Moeller, M.D., was recently featured in a NEXT article published by the MCV Foundation regarding Fentanyl overdose.

"Fentanyl is really potent so if you're not tolerant to opioids, it's very easy to overdose," Dr. Moeller said. "Fentanyl can be put into other things in really small amounts and have a big effect."


2023 Canning Award Winners

Congratulations to Jason Boyce Draeger, Lead Clinical Social Worker on the adult inpatient units and Dr. Amy Soto, PGY-3 psychiatry resident.

Please join us in congratulating both awardees and in thanking our generous donors, the Cannings for their support of our inpatient service.

Faculty Member's Editorial Featured in Journal

Dr. Katy Maher's editorial "Reflection on Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic" was recently featured in the Journal of Radiology Nursing.
Read here: Katy Maher Editorial.


Dr. Abubaker Memorial Lecture

Click to view Dr. Kathleen Brady's Honorarium video 

Employee Spotlight

Please visit our new Employee Spotlight feature, where we will be featuring various employees across the department.

Free Groups at VTCC

Join us for "Conversations with CMHRC". This a series of free groups that we are providing at VTCC.
Upcoming topics, dates and times of the groups may be found here: CMHRC Schedule

Employee Spotlight

Alex Ambrose, M.D.

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Alex Ambrose, M.D.

Alex Ambrose, M.D.
Assistant Professor
C/L Psychiatry
Virginia Commonwealth University

In Your Own Words...

    Are you new to Richmond? Where were you previously?

    I've been in Richmond since graduating medical school in 2018. I am from a small town in South Carolina and then moved right outside of Atlanta for college. I love the small town feel that Richmond has plus the amenities of a city.

    Describe your role in your own words

    I see a combination of inpatients and outpatients and am based at a number of clinics including Hayes Willis, Jackson Center and the main hospital campus. I am trained in Consultation Liaison psychiatry, meaning I work with patients who have both medical and psychiatric illnesses. 

    Most exciting and/or challenging part of your position?

     I love seeing and identifying improvements in a patient's life when they are able to get quality medical and psychiatric care. I like being a part of a patient's care team to get them feeling like themselves again.

    What do you do for fun outside of work?

    Outside of work, I'm usually listening to a podcast about true crime or exploring area restaurants and events with my family and friends.