Robert McCarron, D.O
Director, Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Robert McCarron, D.O. completed a dual residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University and received board certification in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and internal medicine. While on faculty at the University of California, Davis and Irvine Schools of Medicine, he started the only two California based combined internal medicine / psychiatry residency programs. In these roles, he received grant support to create and implement a “Med Psych” curriculum that can be used in the public mental health system by psychiatry residency training programs. Dr. McCarron served as Director of the only Sacramento County Crisis Stabilization Unit and was the founding Director of Pain Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, within the UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine. Dr. McCarron is the Founding Director for the UC Davis Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) Fellowship, which is a one-year program designed to train primary care providers in the essentials of psychiatry and pediatric behavioral health. Dr. McCarron now serves as Professor and Vice Chair at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. He serves on the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry and is Medical Director for Mind OC.
Dr. McCarron has numerous publications in the areas of medical education, unexplained physical complaints; pain management; depression and anxiety in the primary care setting; preventive medicine; medical / psychiatric cross-disciplinary education and psychiatric integrated care. He has edited six textbooks on clinical education: three with a focus on teaching the essentials of primary care-based psychiatry, one on primary care-based pain management and the other two providing an innovative approach to teaching psychiatrists the essentials of preventive and collaborative care medicine. He spends much of his time consulting on how best to provide “cross disciplinary training” at the interface of primary care medicine, chronic pain management and psychiatry, and is a national thought leader in psychiatric integrated education care. Dr. McCarron served as Co-Chair for a statewide project that supported the integration of primary care and behavioral health for several counties in California and currently serves as an appointed member of the California Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. Dr. McCarron also has extensive clinical and research experience in tele-psychiatry consultation.
Dr. McCarron is a past president for the Central California Psychiatric Society, California Psychiatric Association and the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry. He is the Medicine / Psychiatry Section editor for Current Psychiatry; an Associate Editor for The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders; and serves on the editorial board the journal of Mental Illness. Dr. McCarron has received recognition for his national leadership and expertise in cross disciplinary medical / psychiatric integrated education from the UC Davis School of Medicine Vice Chancellor; the American College of Physicians; the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry; the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry; The American College of
Psychiatrists; the American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).