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Christopher Thomas

Christopher R. Thomas MD

Robert L. Stubblefield Professor of Child Psychiatry; Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education; Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas

Christopher R. Thomas, MD is the Robert L. Stubblefield Professor of Child Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Previously at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, he has been a member of UTMB faculty since 1992. His undergraduate training was at Rice University, Houston and he graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. His residency in both General and Child Psychiatry was at McLean Hospital, Harvard University, Boston.

He holds several leadership positions on national committees including Chair, Rights and Legal Matters Committee for the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Chair of the Review Committee for Psychiatry of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education. He currently chairs both the Working and Advisory Groups for development of the ACGME Psychiatry Milestones Project.

He has received numerous honors including the Sandoz Award, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Catcher in the Rye Award for child advocacy. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists.

His research has focused on forensic child psychiatry, gangs and antisocial behavior in youth, psychiatric care for pediatric burn survivors, child mental health care and innovative treatment for children, using community based and telemedicine approaches.

Recent Contributions to PracticeUpdate:

  1. Prognosis of Common Mental Disorders in Adolescents