Toi Blakley Harris, M.D.
Assistant Dean, Offices of Student Affairs and Diversity & Community Outreach
Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
One Baylor Plaza, BCM 350
Houston, TX 77030
Texas Children’s Hospital
Psychiatry and Psychology Service
Clinical Care Center Suite 1740
6621 Fannin St CC1740.01
Houston, Texas 77030-2399
Forensic psychiatry, child maltreatment and trauma
Interface between culture, spirituality and mental illness
Psychological factors and neuropsychiatric conditions associated with acute and chronic illness in the pediatric population
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Protective factors associated with familial and extra-familial influences (i.e. culture, religion, etc.)
Psychosomatic disorders in the pediatric population
Academic Background and Distinctions:
Dr. Harris received a B.A. in Biology and Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed her Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Dr. Harris is board certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. After fellowship, she pursued a career in community psychiatry prior to her academic appointment at BCM.
Currently, Dr. Harris is working in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital’s Child Protection Team and with community partners such as the Children’s Assessment Center and Harris County Juvenile Probation Department to create a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic designed to meet the psychological and psychiatric needs of maltreated children within the custody of either child protective services or the legal system. As the former Director of Pediatric Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital, she participated in collaborative clinical, research and educational endeavors with the following departments: Adolescent Medicine, Hematology-Oncology, Rheumatology, Emergency Medicine, Faculty In-Service (FIS) and the Child Protection Team. Within the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Harris was appointed Director of Diversity and Cultural Competence Education.
Through the national, regional and local efforts of administration, faculty and trainees, she helped establish the Texas Regional Psychiatry-Psychology Minority Mentor Network (American Psychiatric Association’s national extension) and the first local chapter of the Association of Women Psychiatrists (Houston Association of Women Psychiatrists). Presently, Dr. Harris sits on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Committee on Diversity and Culture, is the chair of Career Development for the Association for Academic Psychiatry, secretary for the Association of Women Psychiatrists, and serves on the board for All Healers’ Mental Health Alliance and the Black Psychiatrists of America.
In the medical school, Dr. Harris has taught in a variety of venues including the Healer’s Art course, the Behavioral Sciences course and in Faculty Development workshops. For her dedication towards medical education, Dr. Harris has been the recipient of Fulbright and Jaworkski, L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Awards in Educational Leadership and Teaching and Evaluation. She was a faculty mentor to students within the first year medical school class, and most recently appointed Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity.
Throughout her career, Dr. Harris has been the recipient of national awards from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Medical Association (AMA): APA/CMHS Fellowship, APA Mead-Johnson Fellowship, APA Fellow, APA Transformational Leadership Fellow, AMA Burroughs-Wellcome Leadership Award, and AMA Glaxo Achievement Award. She was the first participant of the CIVITAS Child Trauma program. Previously, Dr. Harris has served on the APA’s National Committee of Family Violence and Sexual Abuse, the APA’s National Committee of Residents and Fellows, the APA’s corresponding committee for poverty and homelessness, and the editorial review board of the Jefferson Journal. At present, Dr. Harris is a board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a facilitator for the Association of American Medical Colleges Holistic Admissions Review Workshop.
In addition to her academic interests and responsibilities, Dr. Harris continues her dedication to community activities. Previously, she was the Director of Missouri City Baptist Church’s (MCBC) Support and Marriage Enrichment Ministry (S.A.M.E.). This group provides community-based psychoeducational programs targeting the areas of grief, loss, and trauma along with enrichment activities to improve communication, and marital intimacy. At present, she is the community liaison for the Total Person Ministry (which incorporates the activities of S.A.M.E.) and is the Assistant Director for the Marriage Ministry at MCBC.