Nodes

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock (TTHSC-Lubbock)

Psychiatry

TTHSC-Lubbock’s Department of Psychiatry serves as the leading provider of child and adolescent psychiatry services in the West Texas region. TTUHSC-Lubbock is an active member of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium and provides tertiary child mental health services to 558 primary care physicians across 100 clinics in West Texas through the Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) program and is attending to mental health needs of more than 159,000 children located in 91 school districts in West Texas through the Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) program. TTUHSC also started an ACGME-accredited Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recently in 2021.

Through the Clinical Research Institute of TTUHSC, the Department has access to the service of multiple clinical research coordinators trained specifically to manage data collection in studies on mental health. Dr. Regina Baronia, Research Director of the TTUHSC Department of Psychiatry serves as Node Lead. Dr. Sarah Mallard Wakefield, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services at TTUHSC serves as the Clinical Lead for the entire TX-YDSRN network, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services for TTHSC-Lubbock and also plays a leadership role in the Measurement-based Care Committee of TX-YDSRN.

Regina Baronia, MD, M.Ed
Regina Baronia, MD, M.Ed
Node Lead

Regina Baronia, MD, M.Ed is the Research Director of the Psychiatry Department at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Lubbock. She has a diplomate in psychiatry in the Philippines and has fellowship training in developmental disabilities from Queens University in Canada. She also has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavioral Analysis.

She is the current Co-Editor of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, a peer-reviewed, interprofessional journal for individual, group, family, and community treatment and recovery.

She has led and mentored psychiatry residents and medical students in research studies on burnout and experiential avoidance, suicidality, mood disorders, alcohol and substance use disorders. She has also published articles and book chapters on these as well as on topics of spirituality, internalized homophobia, sex trafficking, autism, and positive psychology.

Dr. Baronia believes that TX-YDSRN will immensely inform the aim of early diagnosis and intervention to address the needs of children and adolescents with depression and suicidal ideation, and guide the efforts of advocates for mental health among mental health professionals and in the community.

Sarah Mallard Wakefield, MD
Sarah Mallard Wakefield, MD
Node Co-Lead

Sarah Mallard Wakefield, MD: Dr. Wakefield certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry and has additional fellowship training and board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Wakefield is the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Lubbock.

Under Dr. Wakefield’s leadership, TTUHSC Department of Psychiatry has seen immense growth and expansion to become the leading mental health care provider for children living in the entire West Texas region.

In addition to being a busy clinician and a Department Chair, Dr. Wakefield has actively committed herself to mentor the next generation of child and adolescent psychiatrists and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters in child and adolescent psychiatry, particularly on ADHD, autism, youth depression and suicidal ideation.

She also plays a vital role in introducing and implementing measurement-based care in the primary healthcare settings in the entire West Texas region as the Chair of the Transforming Mental Health Care committee of the TTUHSC Clinical Affairs Council.

Dr. Wakefield’s leadership role in TX-YDSRN as the Clinical Co-Lead for the network, Chair of the Measurement-based Care Committee and TTUHSC Lubbock Node Co-Lead complements her life’s work aimed at prevention and early intervention of behavioral health symptoms and sequalae, especially of children and adolescents.

Node Team
Amanda Romero
Ami Knox
Anu Lokubandara
Chris Scott-Johson
Elizabeth Sharp
Erin Smith
Isha Shura
Jean Dai
Kimberly Brown
Leni Varghese
Lori Thompson
Mariana Fiori
Mariana Fiori
Nadia Jimenez
Nazura Chowdury
Rylee Law