Harris County Psychiatric Center is operated by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. All of our psychiatrists and psychologists are on the faculty of the University of Texas Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. All of our staff are employed by UTHealth.
Jair C. Soares, MD, PhD
Executive Director, Harris County Psychiatric Center
Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
713-741-7870 or 713-486-2507
Dr. Jair C. Soares was appointed Executive Director of HCPC and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science on June 1, 2009. He joined the UT Medical School faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center of Excellence in Research and Treatment for Bipolar Disorders. Dr. Soares received his medical degree from the University of São Paulo Medical School and completed psychiatric residencies at the University of Sao Paulo and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh. He also completed a brain imaging fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. From 1999-2001, Dr. Soares was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Neurochemical Brain Imaging Laboratory, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Subsequently, he was with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he was promoted from Associate to Full Professor, and was Chief of the Division of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and later Vice-Chair for Research in the department, where he also held the Krus Endowed Chair in Psychiatry.
Dr. Soares has done extensive clinical research in the field of mood disorders, as well as brain imaging modalities and neurocognitive methods to investigate the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder and the mechanisms of action of pharmacological treatments. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in psychiatric literature. From 1998-2002, he co-edited the peer-review journal Bipolar Disorders: An International Journal of Psychiatry and Neurosciences. He has edited or co-edited three textbooks, Brain Imaging Investigations on Affective Disorders, Bipolar Disorders: Basic Mechanisms and Therapeutic Implications, and Handbook of Medical Psychiatry. He is currently co-editor-in-chief of Journal of Affective Disorders.
R. Andrew Harper, MD
Medical Director, Harris County Psychiatric Center
Professor & Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Dr. R Andrew Harper is the Medical Director of the University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he also serves as an Assistant Dean for Educational Programs. After completing his undergraduate studies at Baylor University, Dr. Harper received his MD from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he also completed residencies in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His clinical experience is primarily in the area of inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry. He is also involved in the education of medical students and psychiatry residents.
Dr. Harper’s clinical and research interests include child and adolescent care, tele-psychiatry, impulsivity and aggression, and mood disorders in children and adolescents.