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McGeary, Cindy A

School of Medicine
(210) 562-6700

Dr. McGeary is a cognitive-behavioral board certified psychologist who has been trained in multiple empirically-supported treatments for PTSD including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure. Dr. Cindy McGeary is former Active Duty Air Force Captain (2002-2006) and served as the Chief of Training and Research (2003-2008) within the largest mental health clinic in the Air Force where she developed instructional curriculum, oversaw clinical supervision, and collaborated in research and research education for over 100 military psychologists and psychiatrists (for which she was given the Air Force Commendation Medal and was recognized as the Company Grade Officer of the Quarter in 2004. She has extensive knowledge in the operations and management of an outpatient behavioral health clinic and has been able to use this knowledge to develop world-class mental health training and research using cutting-edge techniques. For example, she was trained to provide psychological treatment in primary care settings by Dr. Chris Hunter (DoD Program Manager for Behavioral Health in Primary Care at DoD Defense Health Agency) and used this training to help guide Wilford Hall Medical Center in its seminal efforts toward behavioral health integration. Dr. Cindy McGeary has experience working with Department of Defense (DoD) and NIH funded research, for which she is able to draw on her military experience, her mental health leadership experience, and her experience as a Master Trained Clinician in Prolonged Exposure treatment for PTSD (having trained under Dr. Edna Foa, Dr. Alan Peterson, and Dr. David Riggs). After leaving employment with the Department of Defense, she assumed an Associate Faculty role at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she helped develop and Coordinate research in chronic pain and PTSD comorbidity under Dr. Robert Gatchel, an internationally-recognized expert in chronic pain management. Dr. McGearys work under Dr. Gatchel expanded her trauma expertise to include chronic pain polytrauma and led to her role as a Co-PI in a NIH-funded trial of trauma-related polymorbid pain and her inclusion as a co-author on an invited manuscript about pain management in The American Psychologist (the official journal of the American Psychological Association with a circulation of over 100,000 Psychologists nationwide). Dr. McGeary assumed her current faculty position at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 2013, where she has continued to expand her role in research (as the Deputy Director of Operations for the STRONG STAR PTSD Research Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD), research regulation (as a sitting member of UTHSCSA IRB-2), and training (as part of the UTHSCSA Clinical Psychology Internship). In 2014, Dr. McGeary developed the first ever Behavioral Medicine Track in the history of the UTHSCSA Psychology Internship (accredited since 1970), which led to her appointment as the UTHSCSA Internship Training Director in 2015. Her current research examines military polytrauma and the implications of burnout on treatment effectiveness among military and VA mental health providers treating service members with trauma-related conditions. In the past two years, Dr. McGeary has published 8 peer-reviewed journal articles and 9 book chapters, with several more works in preparation or under review. She has prepared the UTHSCSA Internship for its first accreditation site visit since 2008 (using her experience as an APA site visitor to other Internship Programs in the U.S.) and is restructuring the Psychology Internship to address significant changes in competency assessment as mandated by the American Psychological Association to begin in 2016. Dr. McGeary provides supervision for UTHSCSA Psychology Interns and STRONG STAR Postdoctoral Fellows, and currently serves as the Co-Scientific Review Officer in charge of a portfolio of $9 million in research funds dispersed through the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD.

7/2016 - Present Assistant Professor and STRONG STAR Associate Postdoctoral Fellowship Director University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Department of Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
7/2015 - Present Assistant Professor and Psychology Residency Training Director University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Department of Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
9/2013 - Present Assistant Professor and Not Applicable The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX

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