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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 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 foucsedo n 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.


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

    Cerebral perfusion differences in women currently with and recovered from anorexia nervosa.
    Sheng M, Lu H, Liu P, Thomas BP, McAdams CJ Psychiatry Res 2015 Feb
    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

    Honors & Awards

    • Klerman Prize Honorable Mention, Brain & Behavior Foundation
      Exceptional Research in Clinical Brain and Behavior Science (2015)
    • AED Research Fellowship
      Academy of Eating Disorders Research Training Award (2011)
    • American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium Fellowship
      Research Training Program for Residents and Fellows (2010)
    • UTSW Psychiatry Chairman's Research Award
      Awarded for research conducted in residency (2010)
    • Joanne Diamond Award, Duke University
      National award for excellence of neuroscience dissertation (1999)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

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