UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Roberts, David L

School of Medicine
(210) 562-5263

I develop, study, implement, teach and disseminate psychosocial interventions for mental illness. I am the lead developer of Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT), which is designed to improve social functioning by way of improved social interaction among people with serious mental illness. SCIT has been the subject of over 25 peer-reviewed publications and has been implemented in 11 countries. The SCIT treatment manual is published in Oxford University Presss prestigious "Treatments that Work" series and has been translated into eight languages. I have trained hundreds of clinicians and researchers in the US and abroad to implement SCIT in routine clinical settings and as part of clinical research projects. I donate consultation fees for this work to UTHSCSA and use the funds to support training and clinical research initiatives in San Antonio. At UTHSCSA, I am active in teaching psychosocial treatment, community mental health, and psychopathology to psychiatry and psychology residents. I oversee an interdisciplinary training curriculum at the Department of Psychiatrys Transitional Care Clinic (TCC). Each year, nearly twenty trainees from seven disciplines and four affiliated universities train at the TCC. I am also Clinical Director of the TCC, which provides post-hospitalization medication, psychotherapy and social work services for 100 new patients each month. Since taking on this role in 2014, I have expanded TCC clinical services to include three long-term programs with staff and trainees providing specialty care in the areas of early psychosis, psychological trauma, and chronic psychosis. I regularly mentor graduate and post-graduate students locally, as well as international students who visit UTHSCSA to train with me on topics in social cognition and psychosocial treatment delivery. To meet the mental health needs of the San Antonio community, I provide regular educational presentations for local patient, family and stakeholder groups, and lead a patient-centered treatment development initiative in which I record patient and community stakeholder input to develop patient-centered clinical models and funding opportunities for clinical service expansion. I also serve the university through active participation on the UTHSCSA IRB committee and other committees.

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