Monday, June 26, 2017

Jennifer Hayes
Executive Director
JHancockIn 2001, Mrs. Hayes created Digital Wireless Communications, LLC, in Eufaula, Alabama. In 2008, she sold the company and joined Electric Cities of Alabama, a public power association in Montgomery, as the Marketing and Communications Director.

In 2010, Mrs. Hayes was offered a position as the Director of Membership and Member Services at the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. Currently, she oversees all residents, students and young physicians statewide, while continuously working on recruiting. Mrs. Hayes is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Troy University.

In November 2010, she served as the executive director for the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association.




Tarak Vasavada, MD

Vasavada_Tarak_webTarak Vasavada, MD is a professor and regional chair of psychiatry at UAB Huntsville campus. He is also medical director of Behavior services at Huntsville hospital. After obtaining MBBS and MD in Psychiatry from Baroda Medical College, India Dr. Vasavada did his residency from SUNY Upstate Medical College Syracuse. He has won numerous teaching awards and is also a distinguished fellow of American Psychiatric Association. He was a president of Alabama association of Indian Physician in 2009-10.  Later he served as regional director of AAPI SE central region. Currently he is president elect of Albama Psychiatrist Physician’s Association.  His areas of interest include Medical teaching, psychopharmacology, consultation psychiatry and serious mental illness and enjoys giving presentations on those topics.




J. Luke Engeriser, MD
engeriser_webDr. Engeriser is the program director for the University of South Alabama Psychiatry Residency and is an assistant professor at the USA College of Medicine. He attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill., and completed psychiatry residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Engeriser served in the Army at Fort Benning, Ga., where he held the position of Chief, Department of Behavioral Health. After separating from the Army, Dr. Engeriser was medical director of Mid-Coast Mental Health Center in Rockland, Maine. Prior to attending medical school, he completed a Master of Arts in Divinity at the University of Chicago and taught English at the Teacher Training College in Torun, Poland.




Godehard Oepen, MD, PhD

Oepen_webDr. Godehard Oepen was born and raised in West-Germany. He studied Medicine in Marburg, Fribourg/Switzerland, and Freiburg. After his term in the military, he completed a Residency Training in Neurology, obtained a PH.D. degree in Clinical Neurophysiology, and a second Residency Training in Psychiatry at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, where he then served as Senior Clinician and Associate Professor.

In 1989, Dr. Oepen continued his research and clinical activities in Boston at Harvard University, where he underwent another required residency training in American Psychiatry at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School (HMS), including a rotation in Behavioral Neurology at Beth Israel Hospital, HMS.




Mark Haygood, DO

haygood_webDr. Mark Alan Haygood was born in Decatur, and has lived most of his life in Gadsden. He transitioned to the Mobile area during residency and joined the faculty of AltaPointe Health Systems and the University of South Alabama Department of Psychiatry after residency completion. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in 2004 and Master’s degree in 2006 from Jacksonville State University.

Dr. Haygood achieved his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in 2010 and completed psychiatry residency at the University of South Alabama in 2014.  During residency, Dr. Haygood served the American Psychiatric Association  (APA) Assembly for Area 5 as the Resident and Fellow Member (RFM) Deputy Representative and Representative. While engaged in the APA leadership, he was elected as RFM Chair to the APA Assembly Executive Committee. He also served as the RFM Representative for the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association during his APA Assembly tenure.

Dr. Haygood was recently elected to the APA Assembly for Area 5 as the Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Deputy Representative. He was also recently elected to serve on the Alumni Board of VCOM and was invited to serve as a founding faculty member to the VCOM branch campus located in Auburn, Alabama. Dr. Haygood’s professional interests include consultation/liaison psychiatry. When not working, he enjoys traveling, exotic restaurants, attending plays and musicals, going to movies, and spending time with his family.


Sandra K. Parker, MD
Immediate Past President
SParkerDr. Parker graduated from the University of Alabama with an Honors degree in Biology. She attended medical school and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. She completed her fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for the Health Sciences in Little Rock. As a second year resident, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Resident Award, and as a fellow, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Child Fellow Award.

In addition to her current role as vice-chair for the Department of Psychiatry at the Univeristy of South Alabama, Dr. Parker also serves as chief medical officer for AltaPointe Health Systems. She is an adjunct faculty member in the USA College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and in the USA College of Nursing.

Dr. Parker and her family do mission work in Ecuador and participate in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Dr. Parker was presented with the American Psychiatric Association’s 2012 Bruno Lima Award in Disaster Psychiatry for her continuing work with victims of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast region.


Daniel Dahl, MD
APA Region 5 Representative










Paul O’Leary, MD
APA Region 5 Deputy Representative

POLeary1Dr. O’Leary graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama Birmingham and completed his medical training at UAB and Emory University. Dr. O’Leary is certified in general psychiatry and eligible for certification in child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

He is an active member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Physicians Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Society of Psychiatry and the Law and other professional organizations. He is currently a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates, Alabama Deputy Representative to the APA Assembly, and a member of the AACAP Juvenile Justice Reform Committee and AAPL Ethics Council.

Dr. O’Leary provides clinical and forensic psychiatric services at Psychiatry Associates, PC and forensic consultation at Emory University’s jail restoration program. He is also a psychiatric consultant at the Jefferson-Blount-St. Clair Counties’ Mental Health Authority.