Dr. Nelson M. Handal, MD, DFAPA, Psychiatrist
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Dr. Nelson M. Handal, MD, DFAPA

Psychiatrist | Psychiatry

4/5(34)
408 Healthwest Dr Dothan AL, 36303
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4/5

About

Dr. Nelson M. Handal, MD, DFAPA, is a distinguished child and adolescent psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. He is the Founder, Chairman, and Medical Director of Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic in Dothan, Alabama, where he provides care for patients with autism, ADHD, OCD, depression, and bipolar disorder. Additionally, Dr. Handal serves as Medical Director at Flowers Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility. An expert in his field, Dr. Handal has contributed extensively to clinical research and is a renowned national consultant and speaker. He has developed the CliniCom Psychiatric Assessment Software to enhance mental health care quality, showcasing his dedication to integrating technology with clinical practice. Dr. Handal's innovative work has been featured in Business Week and recognized by the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Education and Training

University of Miami School of Medicine

Universidad Mayor De San Andres MD

Greater Bolivian University of San Andres Medicine

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Certified in Psychiatry

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Provider Details

Male English, Spanish, German
Dr. Nelson M. Handal, MD, DFAPA
Dr. Nelson M. Handal, MD, DFAPA's Expert Contributions
  • Understanding the Overlap of ADHD with Depression and Anxiety

    Nelson M. Handal, MD, DFAPAJune 28th, 2024Depression and Anxiety in the Context of ADHDDepression and anxiety disorders often occur alongside attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at significant rates. Estimates suggest that about 18% of adults with ADHD also experience major depressive...

Areas of expertise and specialization

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Holds the patent for the CliniCom Psychiatric Assessment Software -
  • Local and Regional Public Speaking in Association with Pharmaceutical Companies for Peers -
  • Founder, Chairman and Medical Director Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic (DBMC) & Harmonex Neuroscience Research (HRX) -
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine -

Awards

  • o Child and Adolescent Clinical Scholar Award, University of Miami School of Medicine 6/22/96.   
  • o National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – National, Excellence in Mental Public Mental Health Award 2008   
  • o Guide to America’s Top Psychiatrists 2007 Edition, Consumers’ Research Council of America   
  • o Guide to America’s Top Psychiatrists 2009 Edition, Consumers’ Research Council of America   
  • o Guide to America’s Top Psychiatrists 2008 Edition, Consumers’ Research Council of America   
  • o Mental Health America Award, Heroes in the Fight, 2009   
  • o Humanitarian Award, VOCAL (Victims of Crime and Clemency) Southern Region, 2010   
  • o Fellow American Psychiatric Association, 2009.   

Professional Memberships

  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (DFAPA)  

Fellowships

  • University of Miami School of Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  1994

Internships

  • General Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in Syracuse, New York

Fellowships

  • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida 1994

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Articles and Publications

  • Dr. Handal participates in extensive clinical research and has been primary investigator in over 70 clinical trials. He is a national consultant and speaker.
  • Validation, reliability, and specificity of CliniCom Psychiatric Assessment Software. Nelson Handal, James P. LePage, Philip Dayley, Barbara Baldwin, Amellia Roeser, Joni Kay, Heather Ann Theobald
  • A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Phase II Study to Determine the Efficacy, Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics of a Controlled Release (CR) Formulation of Mazindol in Adults with DSM-5 Attent

What do you attribute your success to?

  • -Support of family -Perseverance

Areas of research

  • Extensive experience in clinical trials with psychotropic medications. Dr. Handal has been the Primary Investigator in over 30 studies since 2002. Research interest includes: Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Schizophrenia.

Areas of research

Extensive experience in clinical trials with psychotropic medications. Dr. Handal has been the Primary Investigator in over 30 studies since 2002. Research interest includes: Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Schizophrenia.

Dr. Nelson M. Handal, MD, DFAPA's Practice location

Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic (DBMC)

408 Healthwest Dr -
Dothan, AL 36303
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Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic (DBMC)

101 Medical Drive -
Dothan, Alabama 36303
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New patients: 334-702-7222
Fax: 334-702-1944

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Dr. Nelson M. Handal, MD, DFAPA has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on the reviews from 34 patients. FindaTopDoc has aggregated the experiences from real patients to help give you more insights and information on how to choose the best Psychiatrist in your area. These reviews do not reflect a providers level of clinical care, but are a compilation of quality indicators such as bedside manner, wait time, staff friendliness, ease of appointment, and knowledge of conditions and treatments.

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Get to know Psychiatrist Dr. Nelson M. Handal, who serves patients in Dothan, Alabama.

A seasoned psychiatrist, Dr. Handal is the Founder, Chairman and Medical Director of Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic (DBMC) & Harmonex Neuroscience Research (HRX). His career has been marked by a steadfast commitment to improving patient care by incorporating cutting-edge technologies into clinical practices.

After years of dedicated work, his vision for advancing mental health care took shape at DBMC, focusing on refining a clinical model that seamlessly integrates technology with sensible, practical, and modern approaches. DBMC, under his leadership, has evolved into a large and modern mental health clinic, catering to approximately 160 patients daily, half of whom travel considerable distances for the specialized care it offers.

Academically, Dr. Handal’s journey began at Ruprecht Karl University in Heidelberg, Germany, and he later graduated from Universidad Mayor de San Andres in Laz Bolivia, his hometown. Completing his internship and residency training in psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, he went on to pursue a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

In recognition of his contributions, he holds the distinction of being a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (DFAPA) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Currently serving as a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, Alabama, he continues to shape the landscape of mental health care through his dedication, innovation, and exemplary leadership.

An avid researcher, Dr. Handal has served as the primary investigator in over 70 clinical trials. Notably, in the late 1980s, he presided over one of the pioneering telemedicine referral services globally, a system featured in Business Week. His ongoing commitment to innovation is exemplified by CliniCom®, an online psychiatric assessment tool he has developed over the past decade, benefiting over 25,000 patients.

Recognized on a national level, he has shared his expertise as a consultant and speaker. His testimony before the United States House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in May 2009 highlighted his insights on innovative technologies and treatments for veterans, specifically discussing CliniCom®.
Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders. These include various maladaptations related to mood, behavior, cognition, and perceptions. Psychiatrists evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. They conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations, develop treatment plans, prescribe medication, and evaluate treatment results.

The accolades Dr. Handal has received underscore his exceptional contributions. Awards such as the 2009 Heroes in the Fight Award from Mental Health America and The Excellence in Public Mental Health Award for 2008 from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) acknowledge his dedication. He has been honored as one of America’s Top Psychiatrists for 2008 and 2007 by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, while his private practice, DBMC, earned the 2008 Best of Dothan Award in the Physicians category from the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). Finally, he was the recipient of the 2008 Patient’s Choice Award and the 2007 Mental Health Professional of the Year Award for Alabama.

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