Professor and Vice Chair of Education and Integrated Care, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Residency Training Director, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
School of Medicine
Co-Director, Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
School of Medicine
Phone: (714) 456-3645
University of California, Irvine
UCIMC, Bldg 3, Rt 88
Irvine, CA 92697
Medical education, Integrated care
Brief Professional Biography
Dr. McCarron completed a dual residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University and received board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and internal medicine. While on faculty at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, he started the only California based combined internal medicine / psychiatry residency program. In this role, since 2010, he has received over $4.5 million in grant support to create, replicate and implement a “Med Psych” curriculum that can be used in the public mental health system by psychiatry residency training programs. He serves at the UCI Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior as Vice Chair of Education and Integrated Care, as well as Residency Program Director. Dr. McCarron is the Co-director for the UC Davis Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) Fellowship, which is a one-year program designed to train primary care providers in the essentials of psychiatry.
Dr. McCarron has numerous publications in the areas of unexplained physical complaints; pain management; depression and anxiety in the primary care setting; preventive medicine; medical / psychiatric cross-disciplinary education and psychiatric integrated care. He has edited three textbooks: one with a focus on teaching the essentials of primary care based psychiatry and the other two providing an innovative approach to teaching psychiatrists the essentials of preventive and collaborative care medicine. He spends much of his time consulting on how best to provide “cross disciplinary training” at the interface of primary care medicine, chronic pain management and psychiatry, and is a national thought leader in psychiatric integrated care. Dr. McCarron served as Co-Chair for a statewide project that supported the integration of primary care and behavioral health for several counties in California. He is Co-Chair of the California Psychiatric Association Committee on Integrated Care and Chair of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) Integrated Care Committee. He has extensive clinical and research experience in telepsychiatry consultation.
Dr. McCarron is a recent past president of the Central California Psychiatric Society and is currently serving as the California Psychiatric Association (CPA) President-Elect. He also represents California as an American Psychiatric Association (APA) Assembly Member as well as an APA Practice Guidelines and Council on Quality Care Committee Member. He is Chair of the CPA Education Committee and has organized 15 CME meetings since 2005.
Dr. McCarron is a recent past president of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, a national organization with the mission of promoting general medical and psychiatric clinical research, patient care and education. Dr. McCarron is the Medicine / Psychiatry Section editor for Current Psychiatry and an Associate Editor for The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders. Dr. McCarron has received recognition for his national leadership and expertise in cross disciplinary medical / psychiatric integrated education from the UC Davis School of Medicine Vice Chancellor; the American College of Physicians; the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry; and the American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Past President, California Psychiatric Association
Past President, Association of Medicine and Psychiatry
Past President, Central California Psychiatric Society