UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Roberts, David L

School of Medicine
(210) 562-5263

Dr. Roberts has scholarship strength in service and in teaching. His service to the department, school and profession has been demonstrated in multiple ways. First, he administers large, productive and profitable clinical services. He is Clinical Director of the Transitional Care Clinic (TCC), which provides post-hospitalization psychotherapy, medication and social work services to nearly 100 new patients each month. He developed and administers three novel treatment services at University Plaza: an early psychosis program, a trauma treatment program, and a crisis respite program called the Living Room. Working with the Practice Manager and Medical Director, Roberts has helped the University Plaza clinics? profitability expand substantially over the past five years. Roberts also is Director of a service contract under Texas HHS that collects approximately $10,000 per month in revenue providing case management services to support Medicaid-eligible individuals with serious mental illness living in Bexar County. Second, Roberts serves the department and community by spending approximately 30% of his time providing direct patient care, routinely outperforming his service goals and receiving high patient satisfaction ratings. Third, as an expert in social cognition, Roberts regularly serves the profession by participating on doctoral dissertation committees for students throughout the US and abroad, and by conducting peer reviews of research manuscripts. Fourth, Roberts serves the university through committee work and other voluntary service roles, including being an active member of the UTHSCSA IRB since 2011, the Psychology Internship Training Committee since 2012, and serving as Chair of the Psychiatry Residency Research Track. Finally, Roberts routinely provides invited educational presentations on mental health to community groups.

Roberts? strength in teaching is demonstrated by his international reputation and teaching activities as well as regional and local teaching and recognition at UTHSCSA. Roberts is the lead developer of Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT), a psychosocial intervention designed to improve social functioning among people with serious mental illness. Roberts has trained over 300 clinicians and researchers in nine countries to implement SCIT in routine clinical settings and as part of clinical trials. At the state level, Roberts works as a content expert under a contract with Texas HHS (PI: Maples), training clinicians at county mental health authorities throughout the state to provide evidence-based psychological interventions. At UTHSCSA, Roberts spends approximately six hours per week teaching psychological interventions to trainees. For this work, he has been recognized by awards from both the Psychology and Psychiatry residency training programs. Roberts also regularly mentors medical students, psychiatry residents, international visiting fellows, and other students in elective research rotations, most of which have resulted in peer-reviewed publications or poster presentations.

In addition to his strengths in service and teaching, Roberts has significant scholarly activity in research. Roberts is the lead author of the SCIT treatment manual, which is published in Oxford University Press`s prestigious "Treatments that Work" series and has been translated into eight languages. SCIT has been the subject of over 25 peer-reviewed publications, many of which Roberts has co-authored. Roberts regularly gives invited lectures at international conferences. Each of his years at UTHSCSA, Roberts has been PI or Co-I on at least one funded grant project and has published several peer reviewed articles.

10/2014 - Present Clinical Director University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
8/2010 - Present Assistant Professor The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX