Nicholas H. M. Skefos, D.O., is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – Board Certified Psychiatrist. He is currently the Director of Student Counseling Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) and holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School. In Student Health, Dr. Skefos has the unique and rewarding opportunity to serve as the psychiatrist for the students in the six graduate schools: McGovern Medical School, School of Dentistry, Cizik School of Nursing, School of Biomedical Informatics, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and School of Public Health. In his role as Director, he has helped to develop and refine various protocols, policies, and procedures to improve clinic workflow and overall quality of patient care.
Prior to his time in Houston, Dr. Skefos completed a two-year Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School – Boston Children’s Hospital, where he served as the Chief Fellow for Inpatient Psychiatric Services. During this time, he gained valuable experience treating children with complex medical and psychiatric conditions, spanning the various clinical settings on the consultation/liaison, emergency, outpatient, and inpatient psychiatry services.
Dr. Skefos attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, where he received his undergraduate degree in psychology. Following his undergraduate training, he earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and later went on to complete his general adult residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology.
Dr. Skefos treats children, adolescents, and adults. He has particular interest and skillset in the diagnosis and treatment of complex ADHD, but has extensive knowledge and experience treating other neurodevelopmental disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, and psychosis. With his background in Student Health, Skefos enjoys treating young adults who function in high stress and high-pressure environments, including college and graduate school students, healthcare professionals, executives, and athletes who are experiencing concerns related to stress, burnout, mood disorders, life transitions, relationship issues, grief/loss, and chronic health issues.