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Carol Alter, M.D.


The George Washington University


Internship/Residency, Psychiatry
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine

Residency, Psychiatry
New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College


Carol Alter, M.D., is the associate chair for clinical integration and operations and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School. She is an experienced consult-liaison psychiatrist and is an active member of the consult-liaison service at Dell Seton Medical Center. Prior to joining Dell Med, she served as the system lead for behavioral health at Baylor Scott and White and was responsible for the development of behavioral health services, including the collaborative care model, to be delivered to over 2 million primary care patients.

Alter received her medical degree from The George Washington University. She began her psychiatric training at the Mayo Clinic and completed her residency in psychiatry at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical College, which included training at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Alter has experience in diverse settings including academia, research, administration, health care innovation and health care delivery with a focus on psychiatric care of patients with medical illness. Her additional past professional experiences include serving as the chief medical officer of Mindoula Health, the first national provider of technology-enabled collaborative care model. She led efforts at Georgetown University to implement a collaborative care program in safety net clinics and partnered with the AIMS Center, the American Psychiatric Association and the Kennedy Forum to facilitate reimbursement for collaborative care model. Her work focusing on delivery of effective behavioral health services in primary care settings has expanded to include a focus on value-based delivery models. She is the chair of the APA Council on Quality Care and leads efforts with national employers and health policy makers to ensure that measurement based care is delivered across all behavioral health services. She also serves as a senior fellow at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Psychiatric Association, Council on Quality Care
    Chair, 2021-2023
  • American Psychiatric Association, Presidential Workgroup on Innovation
    Member, 2017-Present
  • Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
Awards & Honors
  • Special Presidential Commendation
    American Psychiatric Association, 2020
  • Distinguished Life Fellow
    American Psychiatric Association, 2020
  • Senior Fellow
    Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, 2019
  • Ziff Fellow
    Center for Advancing Health, 2010
  • Public Service Award
    American Psychosocial Oncology Society, 2009