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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address SC 961 Zip 0017
Phone  (205) 934-7359
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Pathology   Neuropathology Professor
Secondary  Neurology   Neurology Chair Office Professor Clinical
Secondary  Psychiatry   Psych - Geriatric Professor
Center  Neurology   Alzheimer's Disease Center Professor
Center  Neurology   Ctr Neurodegeneration & Exp Ther (CNET) Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Molecular and Cellular Pathology Program 

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Powers is a geriatric psychiatrist and a neuropathologist. He was trained in pathology at the University of Kentucky as well as psychiatry and neuropathology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and general pathology. Dr. Powers is currently the Medical Director for the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry  Member   
American Association of Neuropathologists

Research/Clinical Interest
Neuropathology of Alzheimer's Disease: Dr. Powers participates in clinical and pathological research in the Alzheimer's Center and the Alzheimer's Program Project at UAB. He performs neuropathological assessments of brains from patients in the UAB Alzheimer's Disease Research Center study group. His area of expertise is the pathological alterations of lateral temporal lobe structures such as the supratemporal plane. Neuropathology of Schizophrenia: Dr. Powers performs neuropathological assessments on brains of patients with schizophrenia. His area of expertise is in the chemical anatomy and cytoarchitectonic abnormalities of the supratemporal plane. Dr. Powers is actively involved in teaching the pathological correlates of psychiatric disorders. He provides brain cutting experience and microscopic teaching to pathology and neurology residents at UAB. Health Policy: Dr. Powers is involved in the assesment of public health interventions such as health care work force education or screening for dementia.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Davis GG, Carroll JL, Barber D, and Powers RE. Investigation of long-term care deaths within a medical examiner system. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging 2003;11(11):29-32   
Gruszecki AC, Edwards J, Powers, RE, Davis GG. Investigation of Elderly Deaths in Nursing Homes by the Medical Examiner Over a Year. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2004,25:209-212.   
Santo-Novak DA, Duncan JW, Grisson KR, and Powers RE. MSHAKE: A tool for measuring staff knowledge related to geriatric mental health. J Gerontological Nursing 2001;27(2):29-30.