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Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH

Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine - Permian Basin
Midland, TX

Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine - Permian Basin in Midland. He is also in private practice in Austin, TX.

Dr Jain attended medical school at the University of Calcutta in India. He then attended graduate school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health, where he was awarded a National Institute/Center for Disease Control Competitive Traineeship. His research thesis focused on the impact of substance abuse. He graduated from the School of Public Health in 1987 with a masters of public health degree. He served a 3-year residency in psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth Houston McGovern Medical School. He followed that by obtaining further specialty training, by undergoing a 2-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, Dr Jain completed a postdoctoral fellowship in research psychiatry at The University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute in Houston. He was awarded the National Research Service Award for the support of this postdoctoral fellowship.

Dr Jain has been involved with more than 100 research projects studying the effects of medications on the short- and long-term treatment of depression, anxiety, pain/mood overlap disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and psychosis in adult and child/adolescent populations. He has presented at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Prague and at the Depression and Pain Forum meetings in Costa Rica, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Greece, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, and Argentina. He is the author of 55 articles published in various journals and magazines, such as the Journal of Psychiatric Research  and The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,  among others, and he has presented more than 25 original research posters at meetings for various professional societies, including the American Psychological Association, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Psych Congress. He has also coauthored 6 books that range from patient education to cutting-edge neurobiologic findings in psychiatry and mental health.

He serves on several advisory boards that focus on drug development and disease state education. He also recently served as chair of the Psych Congress, held in Las Vegas, NV, and has served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Psych Congress for several years. He is a recipient of Public Citizen of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Gulf Coast Chapter, in recognition of his community and peer education and his championing of mental health issues. He was recently awarded the Extra Mile Award by the school district, in recognition of his service to the children of the school district and for his consultations with the teachers and counselors. He was also awarded the Teacher of the Year Award from the Psych Congress, held in San Diego, CA.