Our Staff

Name, License and Title: Jody L. Brown, M.D., Medical Director, STRIVE, Division Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Degree/s: M.D.

Length of Time at UAMS: 4+ years

Experience: Research (2 years): Cystic Fibrosis (Univ. of Florida) Military (13 years): US Air Force: 9 years Active Duty; 4 years Inactive Reserve

Administration (9 years): Division Director; Medical Director (multiple sites); Program Director (multiple sites); Clinic Director (multiple sites); Fellowship Training Director (3 years); Associate Residency Training Director (1 year); Clinical Attending/Supervision/Mentor (multiple sites)

Clinical (9 years):  ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, PTSD, Anxiety Spectrum Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders, Academic Difficulties, Relational Difficulties, Family Issues, Medical Conditions with Psychiatric Manifestations

Ages:  3 years old – 21 years old

Types of therapy provided:  Individual Therapy (on occasion), in addition to my primary medication management and clinical supervisory duties

Name, License and Title: Paula McCarther, LCSW Director

Degree/s: BA,  Sociology;  MSW  Masters, Social Work

Length of Time at UAMS: 23 years (5 in Dept of Psychiatry-Research; 18 PRI as Director of STRIVE

Experience: Research  (5 years)

Administration (18 Years):  Program Development and Expansion; Administrative and Clinical Supervision

Clinical (18 years):  ADHD, Disruptive behavior/ODD/Conduct Disorder; Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder; Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Attachment Issues, Peer Relationship Issues; Behavior Issues, Family Issues, Marital Issues.

Ages:  4 years old – 21 years old

Types of therapy provided:  Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Case Management Services, On/Offsite Interventions, Collaterals, Crisis Intervention/Stabilization.

Name, License and Title: Nicki S. Kinley, LCSW –Program Manager/Consultant, Head Start

Degree/s: BA,  Psychology; MSW Masters, Social Work

Post Graduate Certification:  Marriage & Family Therapy

Length of Time at UAMS:  7 years (all at STRIVE)

Experience: Administration (4 Years) – UM Coordination;  Head Start Consulting and Program Development; Clinical Supervision

Clinical (7 years):  ADHD, Disruptive behavior/ODD/Conduct Disorder; Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder; Mood Disorder, Attachment Issues, Peer Relationship Issues; Behavior Issues, Family Issues, Marital Issues.

Ages: 1 year old – 21 years old  + Family

Types of therapy provided: Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Case Management Services, On/Offsite Interventions, Collaterals, Crisis Intervention/Stabilization.

Name, License and Title: Kym Palmer, LCSW Clinical Lead

Degree/sBA,  Sociology; MSW  Masters, Social Work

Length of Time at UAMS:  4 years (1 PRI at the Child Study Center and 3 at PRI Strive)

Experience: Clinical (18 years 1 year administrative experience):  School based services primarily for children and families, EAP services, Women’s advocacy,  Adoption/foster care related issues, Gay and lesbian related issues; Peer Relationship Issues; Behavior Issues, Family Issues, relationship and Marital Issues.

Ages:  3 years old – Adults

Types of therapy provided:  Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Case Management Services, On/Offsite Interventions, Collaterals, Crisis Intervention/Stabilization.

Name, License and Title: Kisha Boston, LMSW (Case Management Coordinator)

Degree/sBA, Sociology; MSW  Masters, Social Work

Length of Time at UAMS:  12 years (MSW 2nd yr Internship)/11 years as MHPP/Therapist

Experience: Administration (6.5 Years): Supervision of Administrative Support Staff (4 years) Supervision of Case Managers (2.5 years); Clinical (13 years):  ADHD, Disruptive behavior/ODD/Conduct Disorder; Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder; Attachment Issues, Peer Relationship Issues; Behavior Issues, Family Issues, Marital Issues.

Ages:  3 years old – 19 years old

Types of therapy provided:  Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Case Management Services, On/Offsite Interventions, Collaterals, Crisis Intervention/Stabilization.

Name, License and Title: Kate Hardage, LCSW Clinical Lead/ UM Coordinator

Degree/s: BA,  Social Work; MSW  Masters, Social Work

Length of Time at UAMS: 6 years ( 1 year as a MSW Social Work intern)

Experience: Research  (5 years); Administration (1 year):  Administrative and Clinical Supervision; Clinical (6 years):  ADHD, Disruptive behavior/ODD/Conduct Disorder; Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder; Borderline Personality Disorder, Attachment Issues, Peer Relationship Issues; Behavior Issues, Family Issues, Marital Issues.

Ages:  4 years old – 21 years old

Types of therapy provided: Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Case Management Services, On/Offsite Interventions, Collaterals, Crisis Intervention/Stabilization.