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Karen Wagner, MD, PhD
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Languages: English
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Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D. is the Titus H. Harris Chair, Harry K Davis Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Dr. Wagner received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia.  She completed her residency in psychiatry with Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Hospital and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry with Harvard Medical School at McLean Hospital. 

Dr. Wagner is an internationally recognized expert in the pharmacological treatment of childhood mood disorders.  Her work has led to the development of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with major depression and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Wagner is the recipient of numerous honors, including receipt of an Honorary Doctorate from State University of New York; Distinguished Alumnus, State University of New York School of Medicine at Stony Brook; Psychiatric Excellence Award from Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians; the Klerman Senior Investigator Award from Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance; the Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association; the Colvin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation; and the Mood Disorders Research Award from the American College of Psychiatrists.

Dr. Wagner has served in leadership positions in professional organizations and has been a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institutes of Health.  She is editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Section. Dr. Wagner is past President, American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and President-Elect of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Medical/Professional School:

State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine - Stony Brook, NY, MD, 1984


Rotating, Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital - Boston, MA, 1985


Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital - Boston, MA, 1987


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School McLean Hospital - Belmont, MA, 1989


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General Psychiatry

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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