Administrative Contacts: Telisha Green (BBSB Admin Assistant: 713-486-2507); Charlotte Gregg (UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus Senior Executive Assistant: 713-741-7851)

Jair C. Soares, MD, PhD, joined UTHealth Houston in 2009 and currently serves as professor and Pat R. Rutherford, Jr. Chair in Psychiatry at McGovern Medical School and as executive director of UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus. A Board-certified psychiatrist, he also serves as chief of Psychiatry Services at Memorial Hermann Hospital and LBJ Hospital. The sites provide patient care and serve as clinical training facilities for UTHealth medical students, psychiatry residents and psychiatry fellows.

Soares directs the Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders which focuses on the search for the causes and the development of new treatments for mood disorders. The center is comprised of an active research team who specializes in clinical neurosciences (neuroimaging, neurophysiology, cognitive neurosciences, and genetics), as well as clinical psychopharmacology and interventions research.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 1990, Soares accepted a psychiatric residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Sao Paulo and a research tract residency in general psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh. Subsequently, Soares received a brain imaging fellowship with the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.  He obtained a PhD in medical sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

Prior to joining UTHealth Houston, Soares served as the Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center of Excellence in Research and Treatment for Bipolar Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Deputy Chair for Research and Division Chief for Mood and Anxiety Disorders with the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Soares has received numerous honors and awards, including the National Plaque of Honor, Republic of Panama, the Devereux Clinic Emy Award, and the “Best Doctor Award.” He published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the psychiatric literature and has held editorial positions on a number of national and international medical journals. Since April 2015, he is also the co-editor in chief for the Journal of Affective Disorders.


Medical Degree
University of São Paulo Medical School, Brazil
Doctoral Degree
Federal University of Porto Alegre, Brazil
Adult Psychiatry, University of São Paulo, Institute of Psychiatry, Brazil
Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, UPMC Health System, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
General Psychiatry (Research Track), UPMC Health System, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Neuroimaging, Yale University School of Medicine

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Adult General Psychiatry
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Second Opinion

Research Interests

  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychopharmacology