Psychiatry Residency Areas of Concentration

We intend for postgraduate years 3 and 4 to be a time when each of our residents will identify particular areas of interest and passion where they will develop their expertise and leadership. Many of our residents will use this elective time to craft individualized and eclectic programs. Others will apply for entry into one of our below established areas of concentration and achieve distinction:


Residents who aspire to a future as academic clinical psychiatrists may apply to the Educator concentration, where they will focus on identifying a clinical focus of expertise, developing their teaching and presenting skills, and learning how to turn clinical and teaching enthusiasms into scholarly productivity.

Global and Cultural Psychiatry

Residents who are interested in global and cultural psychiatry will have the opportunity to work in clinical settings both locally and abroad to gain experience working within various health systems while providing care to patients from different cultural backgrounds.

Interventional Psychiatry

The Interventional Psychiatry concentration provides the opportunity for residents to gain advanced education, mentorship, and research in the fields of electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and other neuromodulation techniques. This concentration takes advantage of the robust interventional psychiatry programs that already exist at UT Southwestern. The Interventional Psychiatry concentration stands as one of the few across the country and the first in the state of Texas to offer advanced training in this evolving field.

Mental Health, Policy, and Law

The Mental Health, Policy, and Law concentration is designed to prepare residents to become leaders in forensic psychiatry and mental health advocacy, using their clinical expertise and policy analysis skills to advocate for policies that address challenges facing people with mental illness within the legal system. Residents will work with faculty from UT Southwestern and Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute to gain an understanding of effective advocacy work. Residents will learn how to analyze health-related public policy problems and work toward developing solutions. They also will gain valuable forensic psychiatry experiences, which will both inform their advocacy efforts and help to prepare them for a career in forensic psychiatry.


The Psychotherapy concentration provides clinical and educational experiences for residents interested in developing advanced psychotherapy skills and scholarship. This track supplements our residency’s robust core psychotherapy curriculum training. Track residents can also focus on a specialty concentration, including beginning their certifications in cognitive behavioral therapy or psychoanalytic therapy.

Transitional Age Youth

The Transitional Age Youth concentration allows residents an opportunity to focus their training on working with adolescents and young adults and learn about the unique developmental tasks, social considerations, and neurobiological changes that are vital to understand caring for this population. 

Women’s Mental Health

The Women's Mental Health concentration includes rotations at Parkland Memorial Hospital, at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and in psychosocial research to develop expertise in psychiatric issues specific to women, with a strong emphasis on peripartum psychiatry and gender-specific, evidence-based interventions.