UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Talley, Brenda J. MD

School of Medicine
(210) 567-0085

Brenda J. Talley, M.D. is a Tenured Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Talley completed her medical school, psychiatry residency, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Texas of Health Science Center. Dr. Talley is board certified in General Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She was selected for the Mary Avis Weir Endowed Chair and Mary Avis Weir Lectureship endowment in Psychiatry in 2010. Dr. Talley serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry. She is actively involved in the training of the next-generation of physicians, including psychiatrists, through her teaching and supervision of medical students and psychiatry residents. In addition, Dr. Talley was the Course Director for Psychopathology which was part of the curriculum for second year medical students. The curriculum included a web-based program created by Dr. Talley to develop psychiatric interviewing skills. The medical school transitioned recently to a new, integrated curriculum. Part of the transition included the integration of Psychopathology, Neurology, and Neuroanatomy into one consolidated second year medical school course called Mind, Brain, Behavior. Dr. Talley is one of the Course Co-Directors. The course includes various innovative educational methods including team-based learning, small group interviews with actual and standardized patients, audience response systems, and use of ?WIKI?-a computer based student/faculty interactive program utilized in the classroom. In addition, Dr. Talley is the Clerkship Director for third year medical students. This curriculum provides core clinical experience for all medical students at UTHSCSA. She served as the Program Director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency from 2010-2012, before she became Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry. Furthermore, Dr. Talley developed, implemented, and became Program Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Program which received ACGME approval in November 2008. She was also a member of the Clinical Education Reform Task Force, a committee selected by the School of Medicine Dean to analyze and implement changes for the Medical School Curriculum. She engaged in an active role in serving on other School of Medicine committees that restructured and launched the CIRCLE curriculum-a new, integrated medical curriculum that was introduced in 2013. She continues to serve in the medical school education curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation process. She is a member of several professional organizations both locally and nationally. She chairs the Adjunct Faculty Review Committee in the Department of Psychiatry and is a member of the UTHSCSA Medical School Curriculum Committee, Medical School Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee, as well as the Clerkship Directors Committee. Dr. Talley is a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Women and Minorities at UTHSCSA. Nationally, she is a fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Talley is a member of the Association for Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry and the Association for Academic Psychiatry. She has received several educational awards that recognize her dedication to medical students and psychiatry residents. In 2007 she received the Barbara Sanford Memorial Award for Teaching and Excellence in Medical Education. Dr. Talley was chosen for the Outstanding Faculty Award at UTHSCSA in 2009. In 2010 she was recognized by the UT system by receiving the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award. In addition, Dr. Talley developed an out-patient psycho-oncology clinic in collaboration with the Cancer Treatment and Research Center (CTRC) where she provided comprehensive psychiatric services. She is active state-wide with a grant project where she works in association with other medical school clerkship directors in adding team-based learning activities to the clerkship curriculum, with focus on the transition of the students from DSM IV to DSM5 (American Psychiatric Association diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders). She is active nationally, where she chairs the ADMSEP (Association of Directors in Medical Student Education in Psychiatry) Awards Committee and is a member of the Clerkship Objectives Committee.