John 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 education.

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 personal coherence.