Stephen Strakowski, M.D.
Vice Dean of Research
Associate Vice President for Regional Mental Health
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Courtesy Professor, Department of Psychology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
University of Notre Dame
Residency, Adult Psychiatry
Stephen Strakowski is the vice dean of research and associate vice president for regional mental health. Strakowski 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 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. Strakowski is mental health service line chief for Ascension Seton.
In his first role at Dell Medical School, Strakowski served as inaugural chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, leading the development of improved mental health care delivery and research to improve access and quality of treatment for people suffering from mental illness in the region. He continues to guide the development of a neuroscience institute and expand imaging research at The University of Texas at Austin.
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 served as 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.
American College of Psychiatrists
International Society for Bipolar Disorders
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Society of Biological Psychiatry
American Psychiatric Association
George N. Thompson Award
Society of Biological Psychiatry, San Diego, 2017
The Irene Jakab Lectureship
McLean Hospital & Harvard University, 2016
American Psychiatric Association, 2010