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M.D., Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

BSE, Engineering
University of Notre Dame


Residency, Adult Psychiatry
McLean Hospital

Categorical Internship
McLean Hospital


Stephen Strakowski is the associate vice president for regional mental health and the inaugural chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BSE in 1984 and Alpha Omega Alpha from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with an M.D. in 1988. He completed his residency training at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 1992. He then moved to the University of Cincinnati, where he served for 24 years before accepting his current position in 2016.

As founding chair, Strakowski is responsible for developing a new psychiatry department as part of the creation of the Dell Medical School. He leads the development of improved mental health care delivery, research and research strategies to improve access and quality of treatment for people suffering from mental illness in the region. He supervises the academic faculty and serves on Dell Med’s leadership teams. He is also guiding the development of a neuroscience institute and expanding University of Texas at Austin imaging research. He is mental health service line chief for Ascension Seton.

As the associate vice president for regional mental health, Strakowski is leading a $15.5 million redesign of the Austin State Hospital. He is working closely with state Sen. Kirk Watson, other legislators, public and community stakeholders and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to redesign the care delivery model for our local state hospital and its service area of approximately 55 counties.

Previously, Strakowski served as senior vice president and chief strategy officer for UC Health, a four-hospital health system affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He also served a chair of psychiatry and led the department from significant financial and structural disarray to being one of the stronger departments in the university. He also served as senior associate dean for research. He is recognized by Best Doctors, Castle Connolly and U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top psychiatrists.

Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Psychiatrists
  • International Society for Bipolar Disorders
  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • American Psychiatric Association
Awards & Honors
  • George N. Thompson Award
    Society of Biological Psychiatry, San Diego, 2017
  • The Irene Jakab Lectureship
    McLean Hospital & Harvard University, 2016
  • Distinguished Psychiatrist
    American Psychiatric Association, 2010