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Pliszka, Steven R M.D

School of Medicine

Steven R. Pliszka, M.D. has been a faculty member at UTHSCSA since 1986, joining the Department of Psychiatry after completing his general and child adolescent psychiatry residencies at UTHSCSA. Throughout his career he has been involved in a wide range of administrative, research, clinical and educational activities. As Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 1995 he has built up a diverse faculty with interests in both biological and psychosocial interventions.

His research has focused on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related disorders. Early in his career he researched the effect of anxiety on ADHD and studied the role of neurotransmitters in both disorders. He has been involved with clinical trials of the most medications used for ADHD. He currently uses functional magnetic imaging to try to understand the mechanisms of action of medications for ADHD.

Dr. Pliszka teaches the psychopharmacology of child and adolescent disorders to residents and medical students, as well as neuroscience. He is the author of Neuroscience for the Mental Health Clinician and Treating ADHD and Comorbid Disorders (Guilford Press). He has been very active in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, authoring the academys practice parameters for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. From 2008-2012, he directed Services Uniting Pediatrics and Psychiatry Outreaching to Texas (SUPPORT) a major state-funded initiative to integrate mental health services into pediatric primary care.

Dr. Pliszka has an active clinical practice, caring for many children and adolescents with ADHD and other psychiatric disorders; he also serves as the attending psychiatrist for two residential facilities for children with severe behavioral and emotional disorders.

9/2003 - Present Professor The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX

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