Dr. Walter Meyer holds the Gladys Kempner and R. Lee Kempner Professor in Child Psychiatry. He is also Professor of Pediatrics and Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics.
After obtaining his medical degree (M.D.) from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed a Pediatric Internship and Residency at the Hospitals of the University of Minnesota, followed by a Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at The Johns' Hopkins University School of Medicine. Thereafter he completed his General Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UTMB.
Dr. Meyer holds four Board certifications: American Board of Pediatrics, Subspecialty Board in Pediatric Endocrinology, Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
His clinical and research interests encompass pediatrics, pediatric and adult burn patients, psychiatric patients, and transgender patients - adolescent and adult. He is a child psychiatrist at Shriner's Hospital for Children – Burns Hospital. Dr. Meyer has served in numerous leadership roles to include UTMB Scientific Integrity Officer and Head of the Department of Psychological and Psychiatric Services for Children and Families at Shriner's Hospital for Children.
Dr. Meyer's areas of research include: assessment of long-term psychological and psychiatric problems in burned children using standard psychological tests, i.e., Achenbach/Vineland; pain, anxiety, itch management in Pediatric burn survivors, use of Virtual reality in the treatment of pain in Pediatric burn survivors, assessment and therapy for adolescent gender identity disorder, incidence of major mental illness in persons with gender dysphoria, and assessment and treatment of Acute Stress D/O and Post-Traumatic Stress D/O. He and his team of researchers are often invited to present their research at national and international meetings (WPATH, ISBI, ABA, etc.).
Dr. Meyer currently serves on the following committees:
International: WPATH Policy and procedures Committee and the WPATH ICD committee
National: Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB); “Stimulant and Risperidone in Youth with Severe Physical Aggression” conducted by Ohio State University and Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB); “Treatment of Overweight Induced by Antipsychotic Medication in Young People with ASD' conducted by University of Pittsburg, is a member of the MSKTC National Advisory Committee; UTMB: Multidisciplinary Pain Committee, Department of Anesthesia; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Promotion and Tenure Committee, and Dr. Meyer volunteers at St. Vincent's Clinic on Galveston Island, a medical student operated free clinic for the underserved community.
Dr. Meyer is on the Editorial Board of several journals and serves as a reviewer for journals and grants. As an educator he is a mentor and a teacher to post graduates, residents, and medical students.
John Hopkins University School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD, MD, 1968
Pediatrics, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN, 1969
Pediatrics, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN, 1970
Rotating Medical, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 1988
Pediatric Endocrinology, John Hopkins University School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD, 1974
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 1990
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General Psychiatry
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry