Aug. 9, 2006 |The Psychiatric Research Institute, which will see its new home open in 2008, has been named the sixth
The designation represents a convergence of a facility, faculty, staff and programs focused on a particular cause, said UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.
G. Richard Smith, M.D., as the Institute’s first director, will become a member of the Chancellor’s Administrative Cabinet, which includes the directors of each
“Dr. Smith is an outstanding leader and his perspective and experience will be welcomed,”
Teresa L. Kramer, Ph.D., chief psychologist and associate professor in the department’s Division of Health Services Research, has been appointed the PRI’s associate director.
The Centers of Excellence work in partnership with the
The PRI facility will consolidate the Department of Psychiatry’s resources under one roof. The department is currently scattered among 13 locations in central
“This designation demonstrates the dedication of UAMS to mental health issues in
“Further, the strategic value of the PRI is important given that the state’s only public psychiatric hospital, the Arkansas State Hospital, is just across the street and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, where our UAMS faculty are on staff, has one of the largest and most active psychiatric facilities in the nation,” Smith said.
The five-story, 100,000-square-foot PRI, located adjacent to the hospital expansion and new parking deck also under construction, will include outpatient and inpatient services as well as research and education space. Two floors have been named for donors: the Fred and Louise Dierks Research Laboratories and the Walker Family Clinic. Concrete work is now underway, and the building is scheduled to open in August 2008.