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 the book Psychotherapy: A Practical Introduction and the articles “Listening: An Underlying Competency in Psychiatry Education” and “Training as a Psychiatrist When Having a Psychiatric Illness,” both published in the journal Academic Psychiatry. Dr. Brenner serves on the Steering Committee of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) as a Past 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.

A partial listing of Dr. Brenner's publications can be found below, and a more complete listing is available to interested readers at


Medical School
Harvard Medical School (1990)
Harvard Medical School - McLean Hospital (1994), Psychiatry

Research Interest

  • Psychiatric Education
  • Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

An Update on Trainee Wellness: Some Progress and a Long Way to Go.
Brenner AM, Coverdale J, Guerrero APS, Balon R, Beresin EV, Louie AK, Roberts LW, Acad Psychiatry 2019 Jun
A Winning Case? Assessing the Effectiveness of a Mock Trial in a General Psychiatry Residency Program.
Baker SE, Ogundipe K, Sterwald C, Van Enkevort EA, Brenner A, Acad Psychiatry 2019 Apr
Time to Teach: Addressing the Pressure on Faculty Time for Education.
Brenner AM, Beresin EV, Coverdale JH, Louie AK, Balon R, Guerrero APS, Roberts LW Acad Psychiatry 2017 Nov
Psychiatry Workforce and Psychiatry Recruitment: Two Intertwined Challenges.
Brenner AM, Balon R, Coverdale JH, Beresin EV, Guerrero AP, Louie AK, Roberts LW Acad Psychiatry 2017 Feb
Teaching Medical Students and Residents about Homelessness: Complex, Evidence-Based, and Imperative.
Brenner AM, Guerrero AP, Beresin EV, Coverdale JH, Balon R, Louie AK, Roberts LW Acad Psychiatry 2016 May
Revisiting the Biopsychosocial Formulation: Neuroscience, Social Science, and the Patient's Subjective Experience.
Brenner AM Acad Psychiatry 2016 Apr
Teaching Psychiatry Residents About Suicide Loss: Impact of an Educational Program.
Jefee-Bahloul H, Hanna RC, Brenner AM Acad Psychiatry 2014 Mar


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

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