About the Psychiatry Department
With our large, unmatched faculty, the Department of Psychiatry has expertise in virtually all areas pertinent to modern psychiatric practice, ranging from psychoanalysis to neurobiology to psychiatric epidemiology and areas rarely found in psychiatry departments, such as medical ethics, health economics, family systems studies, psychotherapy research, neurogenesis, and psychoneuroendocrinology
Helping Our Colleagues During COVID-19
All UT Southwestern faculty and staff may access mental health support by calling 214-645-5686 or sending an behavioralhealthresponseteam@UTSouthwestern.edu to the Behavioral Health Response Team at UT Southwestern. The response team answers calls and emails daily between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m Central. The response team keeps calls and emails confidential, does not document the service in medical records or EPIC, and does not bill the employee. The response team refers any employee who wishes to undergo further mental health evaluation and treatment for a visit with a provider in the UT Southwestern Psychiatry Clinic for medical management or psychotherapy as appropriate or to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) office for further help. The Department of Psychiatry prioritizes scheduling employees for patient visits according to individual circumstances. If an employee is referred for treatment, that information will be entered into EPIC and billed as usual patient care.
A presentation on “COVID-19 Virus Pandemic Stress Management for Health Care Providers,” by Kipp Pietrantonio, Ph.D., Christopher Glowacki, Psy.D., and Reed J. Robinson, Ph.D., ABPP, is available as a pdf here and covers concerns and coping skills for social distancing, loss of routine, sharing fears that our patients have, putting on a “tough” face for patients, home life being disrupted, fear of contamination/contaminating others, feeling the impact of a fluctuating system/lack of information, impact of misinformation, overload of information, microaggressions and racism, loss of usual self-care activities (e.g., gym, going out to eat, time with friends), being a high-risk provider, having special events cancelled, and talking to kids about COVID-19.
Education and Training
Our educational programs give medical students, residents, fellows, and clinical psychology students the opportunity to participate in patient care in an array of settings that reflect all the economic, racial, and ethnic diversity of Dallas, as well as the full range of psychiatric diagnoses. The Department's Research Track for Psychiatry residents is supported by four NIH grants. Our Master Classes provide high-quality, hands-on continuing medical education using small classes and experts in the field. Grand Rounds are held weekly at noon on Wednesdays from September to May.
Perhaps the most exciting area in psychiatry is in the translational research between the basic sciences and the clinical domains. Our Department's work in the neuroendocrinology of mood, brain imaging of addictive disorders, the neurobiology of sleep and appetite, and the cognitive neuroscience of stress produces a picture of disorders and treatments that spans psychiatry's disparate domains.
The Department's outstanding patient care is carried out in diverse hospital and clinical service settings, including UT Southwestern University Hospitals, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Children's Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Terrell State Hospital. Outpatient and specialty clinics extend our services to the community. We also collaborate with several local community agencies to provide care for the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.