Alice R. Mao, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
Director of Psychopharmacology, Research and Education
DePelchin Children’s Center
4950 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77007
Psychopharmacology interventions for mood disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders and disruptive behavior disorders in children, adolescents and adults; Impact on parents and families of raising children with autism spectrum disorders: Impact of videogame use on children and adolescents with pre-existing psychiatric disorders; Career path development for female psychiatry residents
Academic Background and Distinctions:
Alice R. Mao, MD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently the Director of Psychopharmacology, Research and Education at DePelchin Children’s Center. From 1992 to 2006, she was the Director of Residency education for the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County in Houston, Texas.
She is a cum laude graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas. After completing a double major in biology and psychology, she earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School-Houston. Her adult, adolescent and child psychiatry residency training was completed at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. She was the Chief Resident for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1991 to 1992 and received an American Psychiatric Association/ National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship Research Grant in 1990. Her teaching excellence was recognized when she was awarded the Nancy Roeske Award for outstanding medical student education.
Dr. Mao is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has lifetime certification in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Since 1995, she has served as an examiner in over 45 adult, child and adolescent ABPN oral examinations. She is a Senior Board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and was the Chair for the Organizational Committee for the ABPN Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Oral exams held in Houston, TX in November 2004. From 1998 to 2003 she served on the Program Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and was the Media theatre coordinator. Dr. Mao wrote a weekly column on psychopharmacology and mental health issues for the Houston Chronicle from 1999 -2003. She is currently serving on the written examination committee for the child and adolescent exams for the ABPN.
She has participated in multi-site clinical trials research on child, adolescent and adult mood disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. She is an invited presenter at numerous regional and national medical conferences and is well known for her ability to integrate evidence based psychopharmacological advances with clinical treatment issues. In, 2004, she was honored with the Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine award for outstanding child and adolescent faculty teacher. In 2005, she received the Baylor College of Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor.