Adam Brenner, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of Adult Psychiatry Residency Training, and Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry. He is a graduate of Emory University, Magna Cum Laude in Philosophy. He attended Harvard Medical School and then completed his psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital. Dr. Brenner’s clinical focus is in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders with a combination of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. His recent publications include “Listening: An Underlying Competency in Psychiatry Education” and “Training as a Psychiatrist When Having a Psychiatric Illness,” both published in Academic Psychiatry. Dr. Brenner serves on the Steering Committee of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) as President.  Among his educational honors, he has been elected to the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Educators, and he received the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award and the Association for Academic Psychiatry’s Roberts Award for Inspirational Mentorship. A graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, Dr. Brenner is on the faculty of the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center. Dr. Brenner is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Academic Psychiatry.


Medical School
Harvard University (1990)

Research Interest

  • Psychiatric Education
  • Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Teaching Psychiatry Residents About Suicide Loss: Impact of an Educational Program.
Jefee-Bahloul H, Hanna RC, Brenner AM Acad Psychiatry 2014 Mar
Availability and Attitudes Toward Correctional Psychiatry Training: Results of a National Survey of Training Directors.
Fuehrlein BS, Jha MK, Brenner AM, North CS J Behav Health Serv Res 2013 Apr
The training of psychodynamic psychiatrists: the concept of "psychodynamic virtue".
Brenner A, Khan F Psychodyn Psychiatry 2013 41 1 57-74
Can we address the shortage of psychiatrists in the correctional setting with exposure during residency training?
Fuehrlein BS, Jha MK, Brenner AM, North CS Community Ment Health J 2012 Dec 48 6 756-60
Teaching supportive psychotherapy in the twenty-first century.
Brenner AM Harv Rev Psychiatry 2012 Sep-Oct 20 5 259-67
What medical students say about psychiatry: results of a reflection exercise.
Brenner AM Acad Psychiatry 2011 May-Jun 35 3 196-8

Honors & Awards

  • Roberts Award for Inspirational Mentorship in the Field of Academic Psychiatry
  • University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Elected to membership in The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Science Education
  • Nancy C. A. Roeske Certificate for Recognition of Excellence in Medical Student Education, American Psychiatric Association
  • Elected to membership University of Texas Southwestern Academy of Teachers
  • Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, American Psychiatric Association

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Editor-in-Chief, Academic Psychiatry (2019)
  • President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (2019-2020)
  • Member, North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (2007)
  • Member, Dallas Psychoanalytic Center (2006)
  • Member, Association for Academic Psychiatry (2005)
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association (1996)