About Dr. Richardson

Dr april richardson

Education

  • Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
    Palmetto Health and University of South Carolina
    Columbia, SC
    7/2011-6/2012
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
    Palmetto Health and University of South Carolina
    Columbia, SC
    7/2009-6/2011
  • General Psychiatry Residency
    Palmetto Health and University of South Carolina
    Columbia, SC
    7/2006-7/2009
  • Medical Degree
    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    8/2002-5/2006
  • Bachelor of Science
    University of Michigan Microbiology
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    8/1998-5/2002

Supplemental Training

  • Advanced Child First Training
    Child Law Center
    Columbia, SC
    April 2012
  • Child First Training
    Child Law Center
    Columbia, SC
    2009

Relevant Employment History

  • Medical Director
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Companion Benefits Alternatives
    4/2015-Present
  • Outpatient Psychiatrist
    Richardson Psychiatry
    4/2015-Present
  • Consulting Psychiatrist
    Southeastern Children’s Home
    1/2013-Present
  • Staff Psychiatrist
    Carolina Center for Behavioral Health
    Greer, SC
    11/2012-4/2015
  • Outpatient Psychiatrist
    Hope for Families Recovery
    Greer, SC
    10/2013-4/2015
  • Associate Professor
    VCOM School of Medicine
    Spartanburg, SC
    7/2013-4/2015
  • Medical Director and Psychiatric Hospitalist
    Springbrook Hospital System
    Travelers Rest, SC
    7/2012-10/2012
  • Chief Child Psychiatry Resident
    Palmetto Health
    Columbia, SC
    7/2010-2011
  • Resident Physician
    Palmetto Health
    Columbia, SC
    7/2006-6/2012
  • After Hours Physician
    Three Rivers Hospital System
    Lexington, SC
    7/2010-5/2012
  • After Hours Physician
    Springbrook Hospital System
    Travelers Rest, SC
    11/2011-6/2012
  • After Hours Physician
    Greenville Hospital System
    Greenville, SC
    2/2010-10/2011
  • After Hours Physician
    DMH Hospital System
    Columbia, SC
    10/2007-2010

Certifications and Licensure

  • The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Forensic Psychiatry
    Completed October 2013
  • The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Completed November 2013
  • The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry
    Completed November 2010
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination
    Completed 2006
  • South Carolina Medical License
    7/2006-Present
  • Basic and Advanced Life Support
    6/2006-Present
  • DEA License (Federal and SC State)
    7/2006-Present

Research Participation

  • “Attitudes Towards the Mentally Ill in the Department of Juvenile Justice Correctional Officers – A Survey” April Carpenter, M.D., Jennifer Pender, M.D., Jamae Campbell, M.D., and Richard Frierson, M.D., This research is in process with Dr. Pender and Dr. Frierson in which we are looking at the attitudes correctional officers in the DJJ system have toward the juveniles with mental illness, 2010-2012.
  • “Meeting Criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder in a Teenager without Conduct Disorder, A Case Report” April Carpenter, M.D and Craig Stuck, M.D., 2010-2011.
  • “Referral Bias in the Inpatient Adolescent Chemical Dependence Unit” April Carpenter, M.D., Jennifer Pender, M.D., Megan Howard, M.D., Christian Neal, M.D. This research is in process with Dr. Pender, in which we are looking at referral bias in the adolescent chemical dependence units, 2010-2011.

National Presentations

  • “Treating Adolescent Depression: Thinking Beyond the Black Box” April Richardson, M.D. Annual Meeting for the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatrists/International Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, New York, NY, 2015.
  • “Ecstasy on the Big and Small Screens: How Movies and TV Have Portrayed MDMA Over the Past Decade” Jesse Rayle, M.D., and April Carpenter Richardson, M.D. Annual Meeting for the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatrist, New York, NY, 2012.
  • “Therapy Bites: Promoting Competence in Psychotherapy Through an Exploration of Vampire Fiction” Ashley Jones, M.D., Leslie Frinks, M.D., Nioaka Campbell, M.D., Linda Hazlett, PhD, Rudolph Parish, PhD, April Carpenter, M.D., New Research in the Young Investigators Poster Session of the APA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2010.
  • “The Prevalence of Substance Abuse and Compliance to Treatment in Patients with Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome: A Retrospective Database Analysis” Kimberly B. Rudd, M.D., Rachel A. Houchins, M.D., David Henderson, M.D., April Carpenter, M.D., Ruskana Mirza, M.D., Meera Narasimhan, M.D., and Divya Ahuja, M.D. New Research in the Young Investigators Poster Session of the APA Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., 2008.

Regional Presentations

  • Depression in Adolescent Girls, April Richardson, M.D., Riverside High School, January 2015.
  • Suicide Education at the Warehouse Theater, April Richardson, M.D., Forum Before the Show – Romeo and Juliet, March 2013.
  • Education about Mental Health in the Workplace, April Richardson, M.D., Upstate Corporate Healthcare Seminar, March 2013.
  • “An Overview of Changes in the Criminal Personality in the DSM: A Case Report of Diagnostic Confusion in the Adolescent Offender” April Carpenter, M.D, Young Investigators Poster Session of the SCPA Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, 2011.

Honors and Awards

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident of the Year, June 1, 2010-June 30, 2011
    • Awarded for Outstanding Work Clinical Work with Children and Families
  • USC School of Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program Training Director’s Medical Examiner Student Educator Award, July 1, 2010- June 20, 2011
    • For the Year’s Most Exemplary Resident Service as a Medical Student Educator
  • REAP Award, Resident Excellence Action Program, General Psychiatry Residency, 2007
    • Departmental Award Given to Residents to Recognize Outstanding Achievement
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2006-Present
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, 2001-Present

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Secretary
  • South Carolina Psychiatric Association

Lectures and Didactics

  • “Stop… Don’t Shoot: School Violence and the Role of Mental Health Practitioners in Violence Risk Assessments” April Carpenter Richardson, M.D., Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, June 2012
  • “Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy” April Carpenter Richardson, M.D., Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, May 2012.
  • “Neurobiology of Depression” April Carpenter, M.D., Pharmacology and Physiology Graduate School at USC, August 2011.
  • “Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Jeopardy” April Carpenter, M.D., Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, July 2010-June2011.
  • “Child and Adolescent PRITE Review” April Carpenter, M.D., Palmetto Health, 2010.
  • “Child and Adolescent PRITE Review” April Carpenter, M.D., Palmetto Health, 2010.
  • “Childhood and Adolescent Disorders as a Predicator of Young Adult Disorders” Child and Adolescent Journal Club, University of South Carolina Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2010.
  • “Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children and Adolescents” April Carpenter, M.D., 2011.
  • “Teens and Texting: The Good the Bad and the Downright Dangerous” April Carpenter, M.D., and Nioaka Campbell, M.D., Grand Rounds, Medical University of Georgia Department of Neuropsychiatry, 2010.
  • “The ABC’s of Behavior Management” April Carpenter, M.D., Palmetto Health, 2010.
  • “Oxytocin Increases Retention of Social Cognition in Autism” Child and Adolescent Journal Club. University of South Carolina Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2010.
  • “A Case of Bipolar Disorder in a Multiple Sclerosis Patient” April Carpenter, M.D., and Ashley Jones, M.D., Chairman’s Rounds, University of South Carolina Department of Neuropsychiatry, 2009.
  • “Evidenced Based Medicine of Treatment Advances in Bipolar Disorder” Brian Dundas, M.D., April Carpenter, M.D., Shaw Wendi Woods, M.D., Laurie Harden, M.D., Juliet Glover, M.D., Kara Sieverdes, M.D., University of South Carolina Department of Neuropsychiatry, 2009.
  • “A Case of Capgras Syndrome” Rukhsans Mirza, M.D., and April Carpenter, M.D., Chairman’s Rounds, University of South Carolina Department of Neuropsychiatry, 2008.
  • “The Frequency of Cognitive Impairment in Patients with Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder: An Unaccounted Source of variance in Clinical Trials” April Carpenter, M.D., and Christian Neal, M.D., Journal Club, University of South Carolina Department of Neuropsychiatry, 2008.
  • “Practical Based Learning: Does a Reminder Phone Call Increase Attendance in the Outpatient Clinic?” April Carpenter, M.D., Gariane Gunter, M.D., Ashley Jones, M.D., April Morcigilio, M.D., Christian Neal, M.D., Wendi Woods, M.D., University of South Carolina Department of Neuropsychiatry, 2008.
  • “Evidence Based Medicine of Body Dysmorphic Disorder” David Henderson, M.D., Brian Dundas, M.D., Rukhsana, Mirza, M.D., April Carpenter, M.D., Ashley Jones., M.D., Christian Neal, M.D., University of South Carolina Department of Neuropsychiatry, 2007.
  • “A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Panic Disorder” April Carpenter, M.D., and Nicole Paier-Mullan, M.D., Journal Club, University of South Carolina Department of Neuropsychiatry, 2006.
  • “Booze, Drugs, and Crime: The Missing Link in Substance Abuse Treatment” April Carpenter, M.D., Richland Springs Hospital Faculty and Staff, November, 2006.

Legal Teaching Experience/Mock Trials/Testimony

  • National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), childproof: Advanced Trial Advocacy for Child Abuse Prosecutors at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) in Columbia, SC on 4.6.2011. Participated in training as an Expert in Battered Wife Syndrome.
  • Expert Witness in Orangeburg and Charleston County in Criminal Court

Extracurricular Activities

  • Mentor to a First Year General Resident, July 2010-June2011
  • Child Caseload Supervisor to a Second Year General Resident, July 2010-June2011
  • Curriculum Committee, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, 2009-2011
  • Resident Selection Committee, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, 2009-2011
  • OSCE Participant and Medical Student Psychiatry Clerkship, 2007-2011
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine Preceptor, Medical Student Education, 2008-2009
  • Residency Selection Committee, General Psychiatry Residency, 2007-2009