Lloyda Williamson, MD, DFAPA, received one of four Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grants allocated to the University of Alabama. The grant program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration among SEC universities.
Williamson is an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the College, which is also a regional campus of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, headquartered in Birmingham.
The grant gives faculty from an SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research or present lectures. Williamson plans to travel to Kentucky TeleCare at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, which has demonstrated success in providing clinical services and conducting research via telemedicine.
Williamson says the limitation of primary care services in rural Alabama has translated into greater health disparities for residents in these areas. She says the development of telemedicine services can help reduce these disparities.
The College currently provides telemedicine services in the areas of psychiatry and diabetes education and is preparing to expand its telemedicine program.
Williamson’s application was selected as one of four that would have the greatest impact on teaching and research. She hopes to eventually develop a foundation for the organizational structure and funding of the College’s telemedicine program.