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

Assistant Professor

Department: Psychiatry


Dr. Carrie McAdams is an Assistant Instructor of Psychiatry in the Physician Scientist Training Program 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 outpatient psychiatry of young adults, and she is currently a staff psychiatrist for the Student Mental Health services at UT Southwestern.


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

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interests

  • Psychiatry

Research Interests

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


Featured Publications Legend

Featured Publications

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

Visual response latencies of magnocellular and parvocellular LGN neurons in macaque monkeys.

Maunsell JH, Ghose GM, Assad JA, McAdams CJ, Boudreau CE, Noerager BD Vis. Neurosci. 1999 Jan-Feb 16 1 1-14

Effects of attention on orientation-tuning functions of single neurons in macaque cortical area V4.

McAdams CJ, Maunsell JH J. Neurosci. 1999 Jan 19 1 431-41

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  • 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)