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

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

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


Carrie McAdams, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with Tenure at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. McAdams received her BA, magna cum laude, with double majors in biochemistry and behavioral science from Rice University. She received a PhD in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine in 1998 and her MD with honors in 2000, then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. She has published extensively in the field of attention and visual neurophysiology.  

In 2006, Dr. McAdams shifted her research focus from basic animal models of cognition to the neuroscience of mental illness, beginning residency in psychiatry at UT Southwestern. Dr. McAdams began focusing on understanding the neurobiological features of eating disorders. Her primary expertise is in the utilization of cognitive neuroimaging to pinpoint neural circuits related to psychopathology, and applying this information to the care of patients with eating, somatic, and functional neurological disorders.

A committed physician scientist, Dr. McAdams currently leads the Brain-Body Perceptions Team as well as the Eating Disorders Subspecialty Clinic. Her program focuses on determining how changes in the physical body relate to the neural circuits that process self-perception and impact social behaviors, and their relationship to women's mental health. Her current research program considers the whole person: genetic factors, gut microbiome, neural circuits, and every patients' lived experiences. She believes that a mechanistic understanding of psychopathology will lead to precise neural targets, improving treatment for patients with mental illness.

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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