Dr. Carrie McAdams is an Assistant 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 served as the Head Research Track Resident and she also 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 examines the developmental biology that underlies identity formation and social cognition, two constructs closely related to long-term psychotherapeutic interventions. She has received fellowships from both the American Psychiatric Association (2010) and the Academy for Eating Disorders (2011).

Dr. McAdams’ clinical 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.


Graduate School
Baylor College of Medicine (1998), Neuroscience
Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine (2000)
Harvard University Medical School (2006), Neurobiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2010), Psychiatry

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Psychiatry

Research Interest

  • Eating Disorders
  • Functional Neuroimaging
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Social Cognition and Identity
  • Visual Attention


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Age-related increase of resting metabolic rate in the human brain.
Peng SL, Dumas JA, Park DC, Liu P, Filbey FM, McAdams CJ, Pinkham AE, Adinoff B, Zhang R, Lu H Neuroimage 2014 May
Automatic and reproducible positioning of phase-contrast MRI for the quantification of global cerebral blood flow.
Liu P, Lu H, Filbey FM, Pinkham AE, McAdams CJ, Adinoff B, Daliparthi V, Cao Y PLoS ONE 2014 9 5 e95721
Eating disorder predisposition is associated with ESRRA and HDAC4 mutations.
Cui H, Moore J, Ashimi SS, Mason BL, Drawbridge JN, Han S, Hing B, Matthews A, McAdams CJ, Darbro BW, Pieper AA, Waller DA, Xing C, Lutter M J. Clin. Invest. 2013 Nov 123 11 4706-13
Neural Responses during Social and Self-Knowledge Tasks in Bulimia Nervosa.
McAdams CJ, Krawczyk DC Front Psychiatry 2013 4 103
Who am I? How do I look? Neural differences in self-identity in anorexia nervosa.
McAdams CJ, Krawczyk DC Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 2012 Sep
Impaired neural processing of social attribution in anorexia nervosa.
McAdams CJ, Krawczyk DC Psychiatry Res 2011 Oct 194 1 54-63
Spatial modulation of primate inferotemporal responses by eye position.
Lehky SR, Peng X, McAdams CJ, Sereno AB PLoS ONE 2008 3 10 e3492
Attention modulates the responses of simple cells in monkey primary visual cortex.
McAdams CJ, Reid RC J. Neurosci. 2005 Nov 25 47 11023-33
Attention to both space and feature modulates neuronal responses in macaque area V4.
McAdams CJ, Maunsell JH J. Neurophysiol. 2000 Mar 83 3 1751-5
Effects of attention on the reliability of individual neurons in monkey visual cortex.
McAdams CJ, Maunsell JH Neuron 1999 Aug 23 4 765-73

Honors & Awards

  • AED Research Fellowship
  • American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium Fellowship
  • UTSW Psychiatry Chairman's Research Award
  • Joanne Diamond Award, Duke University

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Academy for Eating Disorders (2009)
  • American Psychiatric Association (2006)
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (2006)
  • Society for Neuroscience (1994)