University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Children’s Medical Center (UT Austin DCMC)

Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health

The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Children’s Medical Center (UT Austin DCMC) Dr. Ryan Brown, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Dell Medical School, serves as Node Lead for UT Austin DCMC. Jacquelyn LaGrone, MD as Node Co-Lead.

We have expanded our MHU to a census of 18 and anticipate expanding to 24 in the next 2-4 months We have launched a new PHP that is DBT based that allows us to offer a full continuum of care from inpatient to PHP to IOP to outpatient We have embedded psychiatry in Adolescent Medicine, Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCC), Endocrinology, and Children's Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) We have embedded psychology (with psychiatric consultation available through TCSC) in CBCC, Cardiology, ENT (The Hearing Center), Cystic Fibrosis, Rheumatology, Neurology (specific to the Concussion/ Headache program and the PNEE program), GI, Nephrology (including our developing transplant service), and Endocrinology. We are also creating a psychosocial team to support the newly opened Comprehensive Fetal Care Center, Special Delivery Unit, and NICU.

All of this growth is just in the past 2.5 years.

Ryan Brown, MD
Ryan Brown, MD
Node Lead

Dr. Ryan Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Dell Medical School in Austin. He is board certified in both General Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is currently the assistant medical director for Pediatric Psychiatry and the director of Pediatric Consult Liaison Psychiatry at Dell Children's Hospital. Dr. Brown specializes in management of acute complex psychiatric needs (consult-liaison psychiatry) and developmental disorders.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and then went on to complete a general psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He then completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, with a special focus on Consult Liaison Psychiatry and Developmental Disorders. After completing fellowship he joined the faculty at the University of Texas and at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, TX.

Dr. Brown currently provides services for children and adolescents on the Consultation-Liaison team, Mental Health Unit, and Outpatient Clinics at Texas Child Study Center. He is the creator of the Texas Child Study Center Bridge Clinic, a rapid follow-up clinic for patients coming from Dell Children's Hospital as a means to address the great need for rapid outpatient psychiatric follow-up. He is also the primary psychiatrist for the Dell Children's Comprehensive Care Clinic, an outpatient pediatrics specialty clinic focusing on the care of medically, developmentally, and genetically complex patients. He is passionate about increasing access to mental health care in the community where he lives and works.

Jacquelyn Michele LaGrone
Jacquelyn Michele LaGrone, MD
Node Co-Lead

Dr. Lagrone has worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist for five and a half years.  Following a brief foray into emergency telepsychiatry, most of that time has been spent at Dell Children’s and the Dell Medical School teaching and doing clinical work as an assistant professor. 

"I like to focus on operational improvements, such as creating a cost-benefit analysis to justify the need for a medical assistant in our clinic, which we hired this year.  Sometimes looking at what is not working is the first step to creating a process that does work (in this case, improving recruitment). 

I was named Teacher of the Year for the child and adolescent fellowship program in 2020.  I hope that means that I can encourage our residents and fellows to participate in research efforts and improve our recruitment numbers.

Depending on the results, TX-YDSRN will allow us to create the evidence base for Measurement-Based Care in treatment of child and adolescent depression and suicidality, thus improving outcomes throughout the state and hopefully globally as well."

Node Team
Daisie Pham
Emma Ableman
Lexi Hughes
Olivia Askew
Sarah Sakellaris
Sophia Syed
Tyler Wilson