APPA’s 2023 Spring Conference
March 31 – April 2

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Baytowne Conference Center
9300 Grand Sandestin Blvd
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Reserve a room by calling 800-320-8115 and mention group 24I9SJ or book online at The deadline to reserve a room is Feb. 27, 2023.

APPA’s 2022 Fall Conference
October 7-8, 2022

Agenda/Presentations (click on the session title to download the PDF)
7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors; Poster Viewing

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Updates in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder
Edward Thomas Lewis III, MD, Assistant Professor, MUSC Institute of Psychiatry

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Prison Psychiatry in Alabama
Brian Gawronski, DO, Psychiatrist, Wexford Health Systems

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Break with Exhibitors; Poster Viewing

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Transgender Mental Health
Eric Yarbrough, MD, DFAPA, Private Practice Psychiatrist, New York, NY

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Advoacy for Psychiatrists
Brian S. Hart, MD, FAPA, Area Chief of Hospital Psychiatry Services, Eskenzai Health

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch with Exhibitors; Poster Viewing

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
UPDATE – Advanced ADHD Practice and Dispelling the Myth of the Effects of Expectancy on Cognitive Enhancement
Rachel Fargason, MD, Linton Professor and Medical Quality officer, Department of Psychiatry, UAB Heersink School of Medicine

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
First Episode Psychosis – A Clinical and Research Update
Nina Kraguljac, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UAB Heersink School of Medicine

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Understaning Spiritual and Religious Aspects of Trauma Recovery
Joseph M. Currier, PhD, Professor, Clinical Supervisor, Veterans Recovery Resources, University of South Alabama

4:15 p.m. Evaluation/Adjourn

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama through the joint providership of the Medical Foundation of Alabama and the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association. The Medical Foundation of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The Medical Foundation of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives
• Identify the effects of spiritual and religious beliefs on patients’ recovery from trauma.
• Review diagnosis, treatment and management of ADHD.
• Describe common mental health issues and subsequent treatment option that are needed to improve care in the Alabama prison system.
• Summarize treatment considerations in first episode psychosis.
• Recite the latest treatment approaches to alcohol use disorder.
• Describe gender diversity and how to provide gender-affirming care.
• Apply the mechanics of policy making to promote awareness of mental healthcare issues and reduce barriers to care.


Transcripts will be available for download from the Medical Association of the State of Alabama website eight (8) weeks after the date of the educational event. Go to and follow the instructions to print or download your CME transcript. For assistance, please call Lee Payne at (334) 954-2500.

Future APPA Meeting Dates and Locations

October 11-15, 2023 (In conjunction with the Southern Psychiatric Association)
The Westin, Huntsville

April 26-28, 2024
The Lodge at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores

October 11-13, 2024
The Battlehouse Hotel & Spa, Mobile

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