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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 in 1992. She received a PhD in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine in 1998 and her MD with honors in 2000. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and has published extensively in the field of attention and visual neurophysiology.  

In 2006, Dr. McAdams shifted her research focus to the neuroscience of mental illness and began 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 for outpatients with eating disorders. Her primary expertise is in the design of cognitive neuroimaging tasks to identify alterations in the neural circuits that mediate psychopathology. 

A committed physician scientist, Dr. McAdams has over 10 years of experience as a psychiatrist and 20 years as a neuroscientist. She currently leads the Brain-Body Perceptions Team. Her program focuses on determining how changes in the physical body alter the neural circuits that process self and other perception, and their relationship to women's mental health. Her research 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
Oxytocin Receptor Polymorphism Decreases Midline Neural Activations to Social Stimuli in Anorexia Nervosa.
Sala M, Han K, Acevedo S, Krawczyk DC, McAdams CJ Front Psychol 2018 9 2183
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)
  • Joanne Diamond Award, Duke University
    National award for excellence of neuroscience dissertation (1999)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

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