The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center

Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center is the only academic medical center in Northeast Texas and serves a region of 23 rural counties. The region is characterized by 1) low income and below state average education level, 2) older average age, 3) high rates of chronic illness, 4) high rates of mental health problems, and 5) underutilization/limited access to mental health resources. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine serves the community not only by providing quality, affordable mental health care, but also by training the next generation of providers in culturally competent services.

UTHSC Tyler's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is a newer facility, with two accredited training programs, the Psychiatry Residency Program and the Psychology Internship Program, as well as a Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship. Additionally, the new Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship will host its inaugural class in July 2022. Comprehensive mental health services are provided through an outpatient program staffed by an interdisciplinary team of mental health professional of psychiatrists and psychologists, as well as specialists and nurses.

The Youth Depression and Suicide Research Network is the first behavioral health research program implemented at UTHSC Tyler. Dr. Jamon Blood will serve as the Node Lead, in collaboration with Dr. Kiley Schneider, Node Co-Lead, for this Node representing Northeast Texas. Through the research network, we have been able to partner with community mental health providers to better address the ever-changing needs of the youth in our community.

UTHSC Tyler is rapidly growing and officially aligned with The University of Texas at Tyler in December 2020. The Health Science Center at UT Tyler now stronger than ever. Together as one university system, these entities have been unified to serve Northeast Texas and beyond through innovative medical research, medical education and excellent patient care. The new Department Chair, Dr. Beverly Bryant MD, is excited and dedicated to build up this research program as well as many other child and adolescent mental health services.

dr jamon blood
Jamon Blood, DO
Node Lead

Jamon Blood DO, is a native to rural North East Texas. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing medical school, he returned to Texas to do residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and then completed his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas where he was the Chief Fellow.

He is currently board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. He came to UT Health East Texas in 2020 to be an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Working in conjunction with other mental health providers on a project to draft standardized screening questions for non-suicidal self-injury in a clinical setting.

Kiley Schneider
Kiley Schneider, PsyD
Node Co-Lead

Dr. Schneider is a clinical psychologist currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at the University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center. She graduated from the Doctor of Psychology graduate program at Baylor University. Dr. Schneider’s training has allowed her to work with children, adolescents, and their families in community mental health, integrated care clinics, and residential settings. Her clinical and research interests include trauma-informed care, parent management training, psychological assessment, child-caregiver relationships, and preventative care.

Node Team
Kaleigh Boesel
Pamela Thurman