Division of Education

Focus

Understanding psychiatric illness requires a complex multimodal approach that includes:

  • Genetics.
  • Molecular neurobiology
  • Child development
  • Individual psychology and personal narrative
  • Community and social stressors
  • Evidence based treatment
  • Critical analysis of systems of care

Translational work bridges the gaps between all these approaches. 

The Education Division provides teaching and training in this integrative approach to psychiatry for clinicians at all levels of professional development—medical students, residents, fellows, faculty, and the practitioners in the surrounding community.

Leadership

Adam Brenner, M.D., directs the Adult Psychiatry Residency. Dr. Brenner serves on the Dallas County Behavioral Health Leadership Team and on the board of Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. Dr. Brenner is also on the faculty of the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center and Assistant Head of the Education Department of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Involvement in Education and Training

The Education Division directly oversees all courses related to psychiatry in the medical student curriculum, provides 40 psychiatry teaching consultants to the Colleges program for medical students, administers the Adult Psychiatry residency as well as the Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Sleep Medicine Fellowships, and provides Continuing Medical Education in Psychiatry. In addition, the Education Division closely partners with other divisions in the department (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Mood Disorders, etc.) to foster postdoctoral training and outreach programs to undergraduate students interested in research opportunities in psychiatry and neuroscience.

Involvement in Research

Our Resident Research Track provides rigorous training in research methodology and a strong track record of scholarly productivity by residents, national recognition of their achievements, and successful launching of careers in research.

Along with scholarship in their specific areas of subspecialty interest, Education Division faculty engage in research on topics in psychiatric education.

Recent projects include studies of: 

  • Attitudes of residency directors and residents regarding training in jail and prison facilities.
  • Career satisfaction and development among early career psychiatry educators.
  • Approaches to teaching an evidence base for psychoanalytic theories of the unconscious.
  • Best practices for teaching residents to assess spirituality. 

Involvement in Patient Care

Medical students, residents, and fellows participate in patient care in an array of settings that reflects all the economic, racial, and ethnic diversity of Dallas, as well as the full range of psychiatric diagnoses. As the only academic psychiatry program in Dallas, the Education Division can choose among a wealth of clinical settings for trainings including programs at Parkland Memorial Hospital, the UT Southwestern University Hospitals, the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, the University of Texas at Dallas Student Mental Health Center, Metrocare Services at the Bridge Center for Homelessness, and many others.

In addition, Adam Brenner, M.D., Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry, would welcome an opportunity to meet with you. Dr. Brenner organizes a MS-4 "recruitment" luncheon each fall to give overviews of psychiatric careers and research.