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Melissa DeFilippis, MD
Associate Professor
Departments: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Languages: English
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Dr. Melissa DeFilippis was born and raised in Abilene, Texas and completed her undergraduate training at Hardin-Simmons University, with a B.S. in Biology and Biochemistry. She completed all her medical training in the UT System, first in Houston for medical school, then at UTMB in Galveston for her general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry training.  She developed her love of teaching during her years in residency and fellowship training and enthusiastically accepted a faculty position in UTMB’s Department of Psychiatry, in the Child and Adolescent division.

During her time as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, she has been very involved in providing care to underserved children and adolescents both in North Texas and in Corpus Christi via telepsychiatry community mental health clinics.  She provided supervision of telepsychiatry services to youth in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department system.  She provides supervision of child and adolescent psychiatry fellows in their outpatient psychiatry clinics along with providing outpatient care to her own private patients.  She directs and supervises the Developmental Disorders clinic, assessing and treating patients with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders.  She is currently serving as the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, and she chairs the Quality Assurance Committee for her department, also sitting on the Hospital Quality Care Committee.  She is the Small Departments Representative for UTMB’s MSRDP Board of Directors and also serves on UTMB’s Credentials Committee.

Dr. DeFilippis is active in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She has written several peer reviewed articles on the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders in children and adolescents and has given an international talk on non-injurious self-injury in adolescents within the juvenile justice system.  She has been invited to speak on the management of autism spectrum disorders at regional meetings.  Dr. DeFilippis and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with their two children at their home in Friendswood, Texas.

Medical/Professional School:

University of Texas Medical School at Houston - Houston, TX, MD, 2011

Internships:

Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 2006

Residencies:

Adult Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 2009

Fellowships:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 2011


Certifications:

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General Psychiatry

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Eligible in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

UTMB Health Psychiatry - Webster
400 North Texas Avenue
Webster, TX 77598
Fax: (281) 557-2027

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Dr. Defilippis is very reliable and spends as much time with us as necessary. She respectfully listens to both parent and child and carefully assesses our needs as a whole before making her recommendations. She always returns phone calls in a timely manner. We are very thankful to have Dr. Defilippis as part of our child's medical team.Apr 19,2017
she is extremely knowledgeable and helpful with mental health concerns. good suggestions and she asks good questions to clarify she also is good at explaining.Apr 26,2017
*Dr. Defilippis is easy for teens to talk to and include them in the decision - making process. She does not talk down to them, nor does she talk over their needs. She makes them feel heard by coming out from behind her desk and making eye contact while they are talking.Apr 19,2017
Dr. D has become someone I trust immensely. she has made herself available whenever I need.Aug 23,2017