Spring 2024 Conference
April 26-28, 2024

Friday, April 26
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Elevating Psychiatry in Alabama: Navigating Challenges and Seizing Opportunities
Amanda Williams, MD, Gardenia Cove Mental Health

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
An Overview of Dance/Movement Therapy and the Power of Movement
Rita Brown, LPC, BC-DTR, AltaPointe Health

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Resistant Major Depression
Matthew Macaluso, DO, UAB Heersink School of Medicine

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Is Retirement Good for Us?
W. Bogan Brooks, MD, DLFAPA, Cheshire, CT

Saturday, April 27
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Management of Mood Disorders in the Perinatal Patient
Jessica Coker, MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Self-medication: Historical and Practical Perspectives
Rahul Malhotra, MD, Partners in Psychiatry

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Autism from a Pediatric Primary Care Provider’s Perspective
Nina Ford-Johnson, MD, FAAP, Infirmary Pediatrics

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Potential Benefits, Risks and the Mental Health Impact of Social Media Use on Children and Adolescents
Tanuja Gandhi, MD, Lifespan and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Sunday, April 28
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Benzodiazepines in Outpatient Practice
Bradley Sadler, MD, DFAPA, Southern Psychiatry

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
The Importance of Empathy: Using Motivational Interviewing to Build Healthy Patient Relationships
Robert Layzod, LPC, New South Psychiatry

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Policy Updates, Procedures and Proficiencies for Collaborative Practice and Supervisory Agreements
Kimie Buley, BS, Alabama Board of Medical Examiners

Call for Abstracts – closed

In conjunction with the Spring Conference, APPA will host a Resident/Medical Student Poster Contest. Residents and students who are interested in participating are asked to coordinate with a faculty member in preparing a poster for the meeting. The posters are assigned abstract numbers and are published on the APPA website so count as “Published Abstracts” on your CV.  This is a very easy way to build your academic portfolio! 

The posters will be judged at the conference and awards given to the highest-ranking posters. Click here to see this year’s entries.


Transcripts will be available for download from the Medical Association of the State of Alabama website six (6) weeks after the date of the educational event. Go to www.alamedical.org/CMEtranscript and follow the instructions to print or download your CME transcript. For assistance, please call Lee Payne at (334) 954-2519.

Future APPA Meeting Dates and Locations

October 11-13, 2024
The Battlehouse Hotel & Spa, Mobile
Online link to book a room

April 25-27, 2025
The Lodge at Gulf State Park

The Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association is proudly managed by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.