UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Olvera, Rene L. Sr.

School of Medicine

Dr. Rene Olvera MD, MPH graduated from Harvard University with a major in Biology. He completed his medical degree and his psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He then completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UTHSCSA. In 1995 he joined the faculty in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 1996 Dr. Olvera received a Faculty Development Award from the Department of Health and Resource Service Administration and the UTHSCSA Hispanic Center of Excellence. This award allowed Dr. Olvera to obtain a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health-San Antonio campus, in 1999. Dr. Olvera divides his time between administration, research, clinical practice research, and teaching. His primary research focus is on integrating the clinical expression of mood disorders with potential biomarkers of risk ascertained and moderated by genetic risk, neuroimaging, inflammation, obesity and stress. Dr. Olvera is the author of numerous peer reviewed publications on and has been an invited speaker on a local, state and national level based on his research and expertise. He is a collaborator on a number of nationally funded research projects with adult and pediatric populations. Dr. Olvera is actively involved in the training of the next-generation of physicians and psychiatrists through his teaching and supervision of medical students, psychiatry, and child psychiatry residents. He currently serves as the Division Chief of the UTHSCSA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Medical Director of the Clarity Child Guidance Center outpatient clinic. Dr. Olvera continues to serve as the Psychiatry Clerkship Director for the Regional Academic Health Center where he has been active in the foundation of the UT-RGV Medical School. Dr. Olvera formerly served as the Director of Child Psychiatric services in a collaborative effort between UTHSCSA and the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department. This expertise resulted in an appointment by the Texas Governor to a leadership position on the Texas Juvenile Justice Board of Directors. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award for Child Psychiatry on a number of occasions and is the START Center Genetic Research Endowed Professor. Dr. Olvera has a busy clinical practice within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, and Clarity Child Guidance Center. His principal area of expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders and co-occurring conditions such as: Attention Deficit Disorder and Conduct Disorder, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. While Dr. Olvera does not practice psychotherapy, he collaborates with several psychologists in the department as well as therapist in the community.

3/2015 - Present Division Chief Child and Adolescent Psychiatry The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
3/2015 - Present Outpatient Medical Director Clarity Child Guidance Center, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
9/2004 - Present Associate Professor with tenure The University of Texas Health Science Center, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
7/2002 - Present Medical Staff The Brown Schools at Laurel Ridge, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
7/1995 - Present Medical Staff The Child Guidance Center, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
7/1995 - Present Medical Staff University Hospital System, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX