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 more than 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 focused on 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
- Eating Disorders
- Functional Neuroimaging
- Social Cognition and Identity
- Visual Attention
- Neural responses to kindness and malevolence differ in illness and recovery in women with anorexia nervosa.
- McAdams CJ, Lohrenz T, Montague PR Hum Brain Mapp 2015 Sep
- Severity of eating disorder symptoms related to oxytocin receptor polymorphisms in anorexia nervosa.
- Acevedo SF, Valencia C, Lutter M, McAdams CJ Psychiatry Res 2015 Jun
- 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
- 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
- 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 orientation-tuning functions of single neurons in macaque cortical area V4.
- McAdams CJ, Maunsell JH J. Neurosci. 1999 Jan 19 1 431-41
- 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)
- Academy for Eating Disorders (2009)
- American Psychiatric Association (2006)
- Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (2006)
- Society for Neuroscience (1994)