Catherine Karni, MD $$

Pediatric Psychiatrist

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Catherine Karni, M.D. is a pediatric psychiatrist and Medical Director of outpatient psychiatric and psychological services at Children's Health℠. She is also a Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

She obtained her medical degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and completed her training in psychiatry at New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center in New York. Dr. Karni then completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital, also in New York.

Her clinical and research interests focus on early childhood mental health conditions, including autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, trauma and related emotional and behavioral problems like anxiety, depression, ADHD and learning disorders. She is also interested in mood disorders in children an adolescents.

Dr. Karni has presented on the topics of autism and early childhood mental health regionally, nationally and internationally on several occasions. Dr. Karni is certified in the specialties of psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is the immediate past president of the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

She is the recipient of the Janssen Clinical Scholar Award.

Education and Training

Medical School
Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (1988)
New York Medical College (1994), Psychiatry, General
New York Medical College (1997), Psychiatry, General
Mount Sinai Medical Center (1999), Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology/Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


  • Early Childhood
  • Trauma related to emotional and behavioral problems
  • Learning Disorders
  • Research Interests

    • ADHD
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents
    • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Publications

    • Karni C, MD, Clyde A, PhD, Carrington H, MS, Principles and Values of the Multidisciplinary Assessment of Preschool-Aged Children, Pluralism in Psychiatry, Multidimensional Considerations, World Psychiatric Association. Copyright 2015 by Medimond ISBN 978-88-7587-722-4.                                                               
    • Proceedings from the World Psychiatric Association Thematic Conference on Intersectional Collaboration - 5th European Congress of the International Neuropsychiatric Association - 2nd Interdisciplinary Congress “Psychiatry and Related Sciences”, Athens, Greece, 2014.                                                                         
    • Detecting and Managing Domestic Violence, The Resident Reporter,  Vol. 2, No. 9: 29-34, 1997, American Psychiatric Association 150th Annual Meeting, May 17-22, 1997, San Diego, California.
    • Detecting and Managing Domestic Violence
      Catherine Karni, M.D. The Resident Reporter 1997 Vol 2, No.9 29-34
  • Professional Activities

    • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Texas Medical Association
    • Dallas County Medical Society
    • UT Southwestern Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Education Committee and Clinical Competency Subcommittee
    • Reviewer, First Aid for the Psychiatry Boards, McGraw-Hill, 2010
  • Awards and Honors

    • Distinguished Fellow American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2018)
    • Outstanding Child and Adolescent Teacher of the Year Award
      Department of Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Center (2007-2008, 2005-2006)
    • Teacher Award
      Department of Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas (2004)
    • Named to Speakers Bureau for McNeil Pediatrics (2003-2007)
    • Association of Women Psychiatrists, Certificate of Commendation
      In recognition of outstanding contribution to psychiatry and women's health. (1998)
    • M. Belle Stoch, M.D. Award
      In recognition of outstanding academic achievement (1997)
    • Wyeth-Ayerst APA Resident Reporter Program
      APA Annual Meeting, San Diego, California (1997)
    • Eli Lilly - Emory University
      Psychiatry Residents Symposium Participant (1996)
    • 1995 Janssen Clinical Scholar Award
      U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress (1995)

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