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Dr. Carrie McAdams is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with Tenure at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. McAdams received her BA, magna cum laude, with double majors in biochemistry and behavioral science from Rice University. She received a PhD in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine in 1998 and her MD with honors in 2000, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. She has published extensively in the field of attention and visual neurophysiology.  

In 2006, Dr. McAdams shifted her research focus from basic animal models of cognition to the neuroscience of mental illness, concurrently beginning 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, and established a research program focused on understanding brain function in outpatients with eating disorders. Her primary expertise is in the utilization of cognitive neuroimaging to pinpoint neural circuits related to psychopathology, and applying this information to patient care.

A committed physician scientist, Dr. McAdams currently leads the Brain-Body Perceptions Team. Her program focuses on determining how changes in the physical body relate to the neural circuits that process self-perception and impact social behaviors, and their relationship to women's mental health. Her current research program considers the whole person: genetic factors, gut microbiome, neural circuits, and every patients' lived experiences. She believes that a mechanistic understanding of psychopathology will lead to precise neural targets, improving treatment for patients with mental illness.



Other Post Graduate Training
Baylor College of Medicine (1998)
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

Research Interest

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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Perspectives on Sexual Power, #MeToo.
McAdams CJ, Acad Psychiatry 2019 Dec
Psychosis in Anorexia Nervosa: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.
Brodrick BB, Jacobs MA, McAdams CJ, Psychosomatics 2019 Jun
Treatment Utilization and Medical Problems in a Community Sample of Adult Women With Anorexia Nervosa.
Brodrick B, Harper JA, Van Enkevort E, McAdams CJ, Front Psychol 2019 10 981
Orthorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorder Symptoms in Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in the United States.
Tremelling K, Sandon L, Vega GL, McAdams CJ J Acad Nutr Diet 2017 Jun

Honors & Awards

  • L.E.A.D, The Elisa Project
    Learn-Empower-Accept-Discover (2018)
  • 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)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Academy for Eating Disorders (2009)
  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2019)
  • American Psychiatric Association (2006)
  • Psychiatric Research Society (2015)
  • Society for Neuroscience (1994)
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (2006)