Biography

James Baker, M.D., M.B.A., serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is a pediatric psychiatrist with over 25 years of academic and public-sector administrative experience in behavioral health, including service as Systems Chief Medical Officer of the community mental health center in Austin, Texas, Chief Executive Officer of the community center for Dallas County, and Medical Director for Behavioral Health with the Texas Department of State Health Services. He also served as Associate Chair in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.

Dr. Baker is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a recipient of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, as well as of the Mental Health America of Greater Dallas Pamela Blumenthal Memorial Award for long-term commitment to quality of care and delivery of services to people with mental illnesses.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (1978-1982)
  • Residency - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (1982-1985), Psychiatry
  • Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine (1985-1987), Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Medical Association (1986)
  • Texas Medical Association (1986)
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1985)
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (1984)
Honors & Awards
  • Pamela Blumenthal Memorial Award 2008, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
  • Exemplary Psychiatrist Award 1999, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Distinguished Fellow 1998, American College of Psychiatry and Neurology
Books & Publications