Department of Psychiatry

Behavioral Medicine


Behavioral medicine, often referred to as clinical health psychology, is a multidisciplinary specialty dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment. Programs in this specialty help individuals to cope with and manage physical and psychological conditions and to maintain healthy lifestyle habits.

Faculty in the Division of Behavioral Medicine at UT Health San Antonio have expertise in a wide range of areas, including:
  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Weight management and eating disorders
  • Cancer
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Tourette’s disorder and persistent tic disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Suicide risk
The division has a particular focus on research related to the mental health needs of military service members and veterans, with tremendous expertise and an array of programs on risk for, resilience against, and recovery from the psychological wounds of war.

Drawing on this expertise, the division leads the world’s largest research group working to advance diagnostic, prevention, and treatment programs for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. It performs this urgently needed work via two federally funded research consortia, the STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP).

Through STRONG STAR, the CAP, and affiliated projects, top researchers from across the country are working together to find the best ways to help service members and veterans fully recover from their psychological wounds and maintain or resume full, productive lives.

Learn more at www.strongstar.org