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Olvera, Rene L. Sr.

School of Medicine


Dr. Olvera MD, MPH graduated from Harvard University with a major in Biology. He completed his medical degree and his psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He then completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UTHSCSA. In 1995 he joined the faculty in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 1996 Dr. Olvera received a Faculty Development Award from the Department of Health and Resource Service Administration and the UTHSCSA Hispanic Center of Excellence. This award allowed Dr. Olvera to obtain a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health - San Antonio campus, in 1999. Dr. Olvera divides his time between research, clinical practice and teaching. His primary research interest is in studying mood disorders in particular, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, and Aggression. Dr. Olvera has an interest in the clinical, biological, and phenomenological research of mood instability.
His primary focus is on integrating the clinical expression of mood disorders with potential biomarkers of risk ascertained and moderated by genetic risk, neuroimaging, inflammation, obesity and stress. He is a collaborator on a number of nationally funded research projects with a focus on adult and pediatric mood disorders. Dr. Olvera is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles on bipolar disorder, depression, and impulse control disorders. He has been an invited speaker on a local, state and national level. Dr. Olvera is actively involved in the training of the next-generation of physicians and psychiatrists through his teaching and supervision of medical students, psychiatry, and child psychiatry residents. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award for Child Psychiatry on a number of occasions. Dr. Olvera has a busy clinical practice within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, and with the Bexar County Juvenile Probation system. His principal area of expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders and co-occurring conditions such as: Attention Deficit Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. While Dr. Olvera does not practice psychotherapy, he collaborates with several psychologists in the department as well as therapist in the community.

3/2015 - Present Division Chief Child and Adolescent Psychiatry The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
3/2015 - Present Outpatient Medical Director Clarity Child Guidance Center, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
9/2004 - Present Associate Professor with tenure The University of Texas Health Science Center, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
7/2002 - Present Medical Staff The Brown Schools at Laurel Ridge, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
7/1995 - Present Medical Staff Christus Santa Rosa Childrens Hospital, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
7/1995 - Present Medical Staff University Hospital System, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
7/1995 - Present Medical Staff The Child Guidance Center, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX

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