Amanda Helminiak, M.D. joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as an Assistant Professor in July 2015. She is a board-certified psychiatrist at UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC). In addition to providing patient care in a general adult acute unit, Dr. Helminiak is actively involved in both medical student and resident education. Her primary educational interests include acute psychiatry, mentorship, resident wellness, and quality improvement. She was recently awarded the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching and was named the outstanding teacher for first year medical students in 2016.

Originally from San Antonio, TX, Dr. Helminiak received a bachelor’s of science in biology and graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary’s University in 2007. Afterwards she earned a doctor of medicine degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (now known as McGovern Medical School at UTHealth) in 2011. She then returned to her hometown for the general adult psychiatry residency at UTHealth San Antonio. She completed her training in 2015 and was a chief resident during her final year. After graduating she ventured back to Houston and began her new faculty position.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their menagerie of pets.


Medical Degree
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Adult General Psychiatry
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia