Psychiatry

Appointments

Call (205) 348-8262 for a psychiatric appointment. If there is no answer, leave a message on the confidential voice mail system and you will receive a call back. If your call is more urgent, please call the Student Health Center at (205) 348-6262.

Location

The University’s psychiatry clinic (Betty Shirley Clinic) is located in the University Medical Center, which is adjacent and adjoined to the Student Health Center. The address is 850 5th Avenue East, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401.

Services

  • Psychiatry Evaluations: Your first visit with the provider will focus on the reason you were referred. If medications are prescribed, follow-up appointments are needed in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Coordination of Care: Students benefit greatly from the combination of medication and counseling. If you have not already been seen by a counselor at the UA Counseling Center, your psychiatrist may recommend that you wok with a counselor in conjunction with medication treatment.
  • Transfer of Care: If you are currently taking psychiatric medications, you need to begin the process as soon as possible. Records from your previous treating physician will need to be obtained. A release-of-information form can be obtained and completed at the Student Health Center. We will fax this request promptly to your previous treating physician. Please note that the process may sometimes takes weeks; therefore, it is very important to initiate this process early so you do not run out of medications. If you run out of medication before your scheduled appointment here, call your previous provider and ask for a refill.

Fees

Bring your insurance plan card with you to the initial appointment. Because of the many insurance plans and varying coverage, we will provide billing services that will process your insurance claims. If you do not have health insurance, the University of Alabama offers several payment options. We will work with each student individually to assure access to psychiatric care. Any charges for visits will be applied directly to your student account. It is important that each student communicate his or her financial situation, if needed.

ADHD Testing and Treatment Services

The UA Psychology Clinic provides initial screening for students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the SHC provides on-going medication management. For more information, please visit the ADHD page, and see our ADHD Policy below.

ADHD Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide evidence-supported treatment for ADHD to reduce the possibility of misuse/abuse of stimulants.

Diagnosis of ADHD may be complicated by the overlap of symptoms with other common psychiatric conditions that commonly present during the college years. If a student is unsure of a diagnosis of ADHD, he or she will need a diagnostic evaluation by a psychiatrist or other qualified professional. The student is often sent for psychological testing to further establish this diagnosis.

If a student has already been evaluated by another provider and is currently taking stimulant medications, his or her records must be forwarded to the University of Alabama Student Health Center before the initial appointment. If there is sufficient documentation of a prior ADHD assessment, treatment may be continued by one of the staff psychiatrists. If this documentation is not provided, we will not be able to provide stimulant medications.

Stimulant medications are Class II narcotics and may be used in the treatment of ADHD. These medications are governed by federal and state laws and regulations. Due to the high rate of misuse and abuse on college campuses (with particular concern to the stimulant adderall), we have established strict guidelines for prescriptions written.