UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Roberts, David L

School of Medicine
(210) 562-5263

Dr. Roberts develops, studies, teaches and disseminates psychosocial treatments for mental illness. He is the lead developer of Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT), which is designed to improve social functioning by way of improved social cognition 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. Roberts has trained hundreds of clinicians and researchers in the US and abroad to implement SCIT in routine clinical settings and as part of clinical trials. He donates all income from this consultation work to UTHSCSA to support patient care projects. At UTHSCSA, he is active in teaching psychosocial treatment, community mental health, and psychopathology to psychology and psychiatry residents. He oversees an interdisciplinary training curriculum at the Department of Psychiatrys Transitional Care Clinic (TCC). Each year, over twenty trainees from seven disciplines and four affiliated universities train at the TCC. He also is 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, he has expanded TCC clinical services to include three long-term programs with staff and trainees providing specialty care in the areas of early psychosis, chronic psychosis, and psychological trauma. He regularly mentors graduate and post-graduate students locally, as well as international students who visit UTHSCSA to train with him on topics in social cognition and psychosocial treatment delivery. To help meet the mental health needs of the San Antonio community, he provides regular educational presentations for local patient, family and stakeholder groups, and leads a patient-centered treatment development initiative in which he uses patient and community stakeholder input to develop patient-centered clinical models and funding opportunities for clinical service expansion. He also serves 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