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Education and Training

About the Program

Dr Harpers Welcome Video- Not provided.

Program Overview

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is housed in the School of Medicine within Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center. It was originally part of Family Medicine but then emerged as its own department. In August 2018 the Department was formally established. It is one of eight departments and currently the fastest growing department in the School of Medicine providing education, research, Telebehavioral health care and clinical experience for medical, graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Psychiatry Residency Program is a collaborative initiative promoting health services for the people in the state of Texas and beyond specifically addressing the mental health and treatment needs of the underserved residents in the rural counties.

The Psychiatry Residency Program is accredited by ACGME and is the newest residency program at Texas A&M University.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas A&M University School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Training Program is to develop outstanding psychiatrists well prepared to become excellent clinicians and leaders in all realms of psychiatry who are committed to provide evidence-based, compassionate, patient centered care, innovative discovery, advocacy and leadership. Program graduates will be prepared for any career opportunity and challenge providing care in the state of Texas and beyond. Residents training in the program will have particular experience with service in rural communities, telepsychiatry, integrated care, and treating the culturally diverse, under-served and military populations.

The Bryan-College Station campus serves as the headquarters for the Texas A&M University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and the Texas A&M Psychiatry Residency Program. Clinical care, education and research are conducted in the various locations within the Texas A&M Health domain. The psychiatry program director and program coordinator are based at the headquarters site.

The department has an outpatient psychiatry clinic based in Bryan, Texas, to provide the residents exposure in treating a diverse population with a focus on the rural and underserved patients. The Psychiatry Clinic sees patients ranging in age from childhood to the geriatric years. Core faculty of the department provide clinical care at this site and will supervise the resident outpatient experience in the PGY-3 year. The department's Telebehavioral Care provides mental health services to underserved individuals at rural clinics throughout the Brazos Valley as well as remote clinics located in Leon County (Centerville), Madison County (Madisonville), Washington County (Brenham) and Grimes County (Navasota).

Clinical training also takes place at the College's Family Care Clinic in Bryan. Psychiatry residents rotate through this clinic during the PGY-1 year as part of the required primary care experience. This clinic serves the Bryan/College Station, TX area as well as the surrounding counties in the Brazos Valley. The Family Care Clinic sees patients of all ages for a variety of issues ranging from colds and fractures to preventive primary care.

  • Texas A&M Family Primary Care – College Station, TX
  • Outpatient medicine
    • Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center - Killeen, TX
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
    • Cypress Creek Hospital - Houston, TX
  • Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry
  • ECT training
    • Olin E. Teague Veterans Affair Medical Center – Temple
  • Neurology
  • Consult/ Liaison
  • Addiction and substance abuse
    • Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affair Medical Center – Waco
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Residential Care Treatment
    • CHI St. Joseph Regional Health - Bryan, TX
  • Inpatient medicine
    • MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley – Bryan, TX
  • Outpatient psychiatry
    • Texas A&M Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Clinic – Bryan, TX
  • Outpatient psychiatry

 Additional info about Cypress Creek Hospital:

“Cypress Creek Hospital is a fully-accredited, 128-bed acute care psychiatric facility located in Houston, Texas. The hospital offers a broad range of inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient services (adult therapy program, electroconvulsive therapy, and substance abuse intensive outpatient program) for adolescents (ages 12 – 17) and adults suffering from mental illness or substance abuse.

The Texas A&M Psychiatry Residency Program recently began a partnership with Cypress Creek Hospital to provide an additional training site for the residency program. Residents will complete a 2-month rotation in the inpatient unit for their Geriatric Psychiatry experience.”


Texas A&M strives to prepare residents to become expert clinicians and agents of change in the healthcare system. The department’s educational experience for the residents includes clinical rotations, didactics, faculty mentorship and research opportunities. Residents are exposed to a diverse population at a wide array of training facilities. They also gain experience in interventional psychiatry, spending two months learning ECT during their geriatrics rotation.



Didactics are an integral part of resident education. They are a shared responsibility between the Texas A&M Psychiatry core faculty and the faculty at the partnering units. This shared experience enriches the educational involvement of the resident and provides exposure to a diversity of pathologies, therapies, and treatment modalities. The curriculum is also designed to prepare residents for a variety of leadership roles, including those of clinician, educator, and scholar.

Core didactics are held every Thursday morning from 8 AM to 1 PM. All residents are excused from clinical duties during this time. Texas A&M and its partners also recognize the importance of professional development.  Time is therefore allocated for learning through independent reading and research.

In addition, PGY-2 residents meet with faculty for an hour every third Wednesday of the month to discuss patient cases and relevant scholarly articles.




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