Addiction Psychiatry

Substance use disorders are among today’s greatest public health problems, yet access to treatment is limited for many patients. The UT Southwestern Department of Psychiatry’s Addiction Psychiatry program is a comprehensive outpatient treatment program for adults with substance use disorders that aims to provide high-quality, evidence-based, collaborative, and multidisciplinary care.

About Our Program

Our Addiction Psychiatry Clinical Service at UT Southwestern Medical Center provides treatment utilizing medication management of addiction (including opioid use disorder), inpatient and outpatient withdrawal management, group therapy focused on addiction treatment, and individual psychotherapy.

The team comprises three psychiatrists with board certification in addiction psychiatry, one psychologist, three advanced practice providers and a therapist who is a licensed professional counselor. The group works closely with several other specialty clinics to provide optimal patient care, for example, with the Liver Transplant team at UT Southwestern to assist with pre- and post-transplant management in patients with a history of substance use disorders, as well as with the Sickle Cell Division, Weight Wellness/Endocrinology, McDermott Pain Clinic, and Palliative Care.

In addition to our clinical work, we are home to the Texas node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (CTN), headed by Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, and many of the Addiction Psychiatry faculty members are involved in research trials through the CTN.

About Our Fellowship

Inaugurated in July 2000, our Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship continues to expand and is currently the second largest program in the United States. Few subspecialties will be in greater demand than addictions psychiatry, and our fellowship program features an enriching educational experience that each year provides five fellows the opportunity to become certified in addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Our fellowship's mission is to educate psychiatrists dedicated to the advancement of medical science, education, and health care for persons with substance use disorders in order to increase the numbers of psychiatrists working with persons with substance use disorders and to collaborate with our other medical colleagues to improve the health of their patients.

We are using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for the next recruitment cycle.


Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the UT Southwestern Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship offers abundant opportunities for fellows to develop as an addiction psychiatrist, including collaborative learning opportunities with distinguished faculty in emergency medicine, family practice and other specialties.

Clinical Opportunities

With a variety of clinical opportunities available in the Dallas area, the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship offers an eclectic array of options.

Service rotations include inpatient, partial hospital, outpatient, and community psychiatry in private, public, and Veterans Administration settings.

  • Methadone/buprenorphine outpatient clinics
  • Consultation-liaison psychiatry
  • Specialized pain clinic for patients with addictions
  • Addiction treatment for women, including adolescents and patients who are pregnant
  • Substance use disorder treatment in professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, advance practice providers, lawyers)
  • Pre- and post-transplant evaluations
  • Partial hospital program
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Addiction research

Diverse Experience

Experiences include adult, adolescent, and family approaches to treatment.

Fellows benefit from didactic seminars and close, one-on-one supervision with key faculty.


Addiction fellows receive an annual pay of $72,800 and are granted 25 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) from July 1 to June 30 within the current academic year. Allotted days may be used at the fellows’ discretion to cover vacation, sick leave, and discretionary leave (fellows may request time off from the program at the discretion of the Program Director for special circumstances such as attendance at professional meetings and seminars, board and licensure exams, interview days, bereavement leave beyond what is already provided, or standard and elective rotations away from UT Southwestern Medical Center).