Sargent, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is also
Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Ben Taub Hospital
in Houston, a community hospital serving almost entirely underinsured
and impoverished families from a wide range of cultures within the
city. Through July 2001, Dr. Sargent was the Director of Education
and Research, and Dean of the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry
and Mental Health Sciences. As Director, Dr. Sargent coordinated
and supervised strategic planning for all aspects of research and
Dr. Sargent received his BS from MIT and his M.D. at the University
of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed residency training
in Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin, and residency training
in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the
University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sargent is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Pediatrician
and Family Therapist who has focused his career on ensuring attention
to the needs and healing capacities of the family for children with
pediatric illness or significant behavioral or emotional difficulties.
He has consistently worked within academic medical centers and throughout
has taught medical students, and Pediatric, Psychiatric and Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry residents.
Dr. Sargent was previously the Director of Residency Training and
Education at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and
Director of Child Psychiatry Training at the Philadelphia Child
Guidance Clinic. He was also Associate Professor of Psychiatry and
Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Sargent is nationally known in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
and Family Therapy. He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor of the
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of
the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry and Family Process. He has been honored
as Outstanding Mentor by the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
He is co-author of the book Madness, Chaos and Violence: Therapy
with Families at the Brink, and co-author of Primary Care Pediatrics.
Dr. Sargent has written over 70 articles on a number of topics including
family therapy, eating disorders, adolescent suicide, and training
in mental health care. He is highly regarded as a lecturer, having
spoken on a wide range of topics both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Sargent is the Deputy Director of the Eastern European Child
Abuse Project of the Children’s Mental Health Alliance and the Soros
Foundation. He also has been a member of the Kosovo Professional
Education Collaborative sponsored by the American Family Therapy
Academy and the University of Pristina, Kosovo for the past 18 months.
These efforts have focused upon building mental health programs
and trauma recovery programs internationally, especially in the
Balkans, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He is interested
in promoting family recovery and healing in association with violence,
trauma, abuse and such phenomena as eating disorders, suicidality
and PTSD. He has also been working with three colleagues to define
the family analogue of attachment which promotes family belonging,
family support for affective experience and the development of a
coherent family narrative underlying personal self-definition and