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Residency, General Psychiatry
The University of Arizona College of Medicine

Fellowship, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The University of Arizona College of Medicine


Jane Ripperger-Suhler, M.D., FAPA, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry and serves as the program director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.

Ripperger-Suhler received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, followed by a master’s degree in nutrition from The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her medical degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. Her psychiatry residency training was completed at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and she completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arizona, Tucson, as well. She is board-certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Prior to her work in Austin, Ripperger-Suhler was the program director for both the general and child and adolescent psychiatry programs at Scott and White/Texas A&M University in Temple and served as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, heading the Central Texas autism spectrum disorders clinic at the Scott and White Mental Health Clinic.

A former high school teacher, Ripperger-Suhler is a passionate educator of doctors learning the art and science of child and adolescent psychiatry and has been invited to present on educational topics at regional and national meetings. In addition to directing the program, she provides clinical teaching for all levels of learners and has received several teaching awards. She also serves on the PRITE Editorial Board of the American College of Psychiatrists writing items for the in-service exams in psychiatry training.

Ripperger-Suhler’s clinical work at the Texas Child Study Center, housed at Dell Children’s Medical Center, includes the assessment and treatment of children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, thought or social problems with a focus on youth with autism spectrum disorders, a topic on which she has been invited to present at regional meetings, as well.

Ripperger-Suhler is an active member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, serving on both the Schools Committee and the Committee for Quality Insurance, and is a co-author of the academy’s Clinical Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Anxiety Disorders.

Ripperger-Suhler is a native Austinite who enjoys a multitude of outdoor activities as well as being an avid supporter of Longhorn sports.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    Committee Member
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American College of Psychiatrists
    PRITE Editorial Board
  • Texas Society for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians
Awards & Honors
  • Child & Adolescent Faculty of the Year
    Dell Medical School, 2019
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Attending of the Year
    Dell Medical School, 2015