A United Voice for Texas Psychiatry

The Federation of Texas Psychiatry was established in 2004 with the following purposes:

A. to promote the common professional interests of psychiatrists by encouraging their participation as members of state professional psychiatric associations, including the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and the Texas Academy of Psychiatry and state professional subspecialty psychiatric associations including organizations for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry;

B. to facilitate the coordination of and work in concert with state professional psychiatric associations and state professional subspecialty psychiatric associations, to unify programs that advance public and professional education and advocacy for psychiatry and persons with psychiatric illnesses;

C. to provide centralized services to state professional psychiatric associations and state professional subspecialty psychiatric associations;

D. to make psychiatric knowledge available to other practitioners of medicine, to scientists, and to the public; and,

E. to promote the best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of mental health services.



The Federation currently represents 56,423 physicians and is governed by a Delegate Assembly composed of representatives from each member organization. Currently, the representatives to the Delegate Assembly include the following:



CategoryTexas Society of Psychiatric PhysiciansTexas Academy of PsychiatryTexas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Officer- PresidentTimothy Wolff, MDDaryl K. Knox, MDSusan Wynne, MD
Officer- Pres-ElectMichael Arambula, MDDanial Pearson, III, MDMelissa DeFilippis, MD
Officer- Sec/TreasKaren Dineen Wagner, MD, PhDTushar Desai, MDPhilip Balfanz, MD
Past PresidentMark Jacobs, MDMartha Leatherman, MDCatherine Karni, MD
Past PresidentDaryl K. Knox, MDJ. Clay Sawyer, MDNakia Scott, MD
Past PresidentRichard L. Noel, MDR. Sanford Kiser, MDBrigitte Y. Bailey, MD
At-LargeA. David Axelrad, MDGary L. Etter, MDBenigno J. Fernandez, MD
At-largeR. Andrew Harper, MDTushar Desai, MDRene L. Olvera, MD
At-LargeMelissa Eshelman, MDConway McDanald, MDSteven R. Pliszka, MD


Texas Foundation for
Psychiatric Education and Research
Texas Medical AssociationTexas Osteopathic Medical Association
J. Clay Sawyer, MDMichael J DarrouzetBrent Sanderlin, DO, FACOFP



ChairmanJ. Clay Sawyer, MD
Vice Chairman for EducationMichael Arambula, MD
Vice Chairman for Public PolicyDebra Atkisson, MD
Secretary-TreasurerLynda Parker, MD
DelegateLeslie H. Secrest, MD
DelegateDaniel Pearson, III, MD