Wagner, Karen, MD, PhD

Marie B. Gale Centennial Professor & Vice Chair
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston


Dr. Wagner is the Marie B. Gale Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Dr. Wagner received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She performed her residency in psychiatry with Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry with Harvard Medical School at McLean Hospital. 
Dr. Wagner is an internationally recognized expert in the pharmacological treatment of childhood mood disorders. Her work has led to the development of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with major depression and bipolar disorder. 
Dr. Wagner is the recipient of numerous honors, including receipt of an honorary doctorate from State University of New York, Distinguished Alumnus from the State University of New York School of Medicine at Stony Brook, the Psychiatric Excellence Award from Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, and the Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. 
Dr. Wagner has served in leadership positions in professional organizations and has been a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Wagner is editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Section.