Carrie McAdams, M.D., Ph.D.

  • The Fisher Family Distinguished Professorship in Women's Mental Health Studies
  • Psychiatry
  • Eating Disorders


Dr. Carrie McAdams is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. McAdams has been fascinated by the relationship between the mind and the brain for over 20 years. She received her BA, magna cum laude, with double majors in biochemistry and behavioral science from Rice University in 1992. She received an MD with honors and a PhD in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and has published extensively in the field of attention and visual neurophysiology.  Dr. McAdams became interested in understanding the neuroscience of mental illness, and completed her residency in psychiatry at UT Southwestern. During her residency at UT Southwestern, Dr. McAdams received the Chairman’s Research Award for her paper on neuroimaging of social identity in eating disorders.

Her current research examines the connections between biological and psychological aspects of eating disorders using functional neuroimaging. She has focused on understanding the neurodevelopmental changes related to identity formation and social cognition. These constructs are closely related to long-term psychotherapeutic interventions in eating disorders. She has received fellowships from both the American Psychiatric Association (2010) and the Academy for Eating Disorders (2011). She received an honorable mention for the 2015 Klerman prize, for her work in deciphering the neural traits related to adolescent anorexia nervosa. Dr. McAdams’ clinical and research expertise is in eating disorders, and she works closely with both the adult Eating Disorder Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and the Children's Medical Center Eating Disorder program.

Education & Training
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2006-2010), Psychiatry
  • Fellowship - Harvard University Medical School (2001-2006), Neurobiology
  • Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (1992-2000)
  • Graduate School - Baylor College of Medicine (1993-1998), Neuroscience
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Baylor College of Medicine (1993-1998)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society for Neuroscience (1994)
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (2009)
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (2006)
  • American Psychiatric Association (2006)
Honors & Awards
  • AED Research Fellowship 2011, Academy of Eating Disorders Research Training Award
  • Joanne Diamond Award, Duke University 1999, National award for excellence of neuroscience dissertation
  • Klerman Prize Honorable Mention, Brain & Behavior Foundation 2015, Exceptional Research in Clinical Brain and Behavior Science
  • American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium Fellowship 2010, Research Training Program for Residents and Fellows
  • UTSW Psychiatry Chairman's Research Award 2010, Awarded for research conducted in residency
Books & Publications
  • Visual Attention
  • Social Cognition and Identity
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Functional Neuroimaging
  • Eating Disorders

Clinical Focus

  • Eating Disorders

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