Robert Michael McCarron

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Director of Education, Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute
College of Health Sciences

Associate Dean, SOM Continuing Medical Education
School of Medicine

Director, Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) and Training and Education in Addiction Medicine (TEAM) Fellowships, Medicine
School of Medicine


D.O.

Phone: (714) 456-3645
Email: r.mccarron@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
UCI School of Medicine | Office of Continuing Medical Education 5141 California Ave, Suite 200B, Off
Irvine, CA 92617
Research Interests
Medical education, Integrated care, Integrative Medicine, Pain Medicine
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Awards and Honors
2001 - Alpha Omega Alpha – Resident Teacher Recognition, Rush University

2004 - Early Career Psychiatrist Leadership/Advocacy Award, American Psychiatric Association

2006 - Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Physician, University of California Davis School of Medicine

2009 - Current Psychiatry Section Editor of the year

2009 - Outstanding Teacher and Faculty Member – UC Davis Student Run Willow Clinic

2012 - Outstanding Physician leadership award Central California Psychiatric Society

2012 - Distinguished Teacher and Mentor Award, American College of Physicians

2013 - Outstanding Leadership Award, Integrated Education and Clinical Care, Association of Medicine and Psychiatry

2013 - Outstanding Leadership and Teaching, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine, University of California Davis School of Medicine

2016 - Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Innovative Education and Clinical Award (invitation to present an overview on the Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship)

2016 - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California, “Outstanding Recovery Practitioner Award”

2017 - Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, Alan Stoudemire Award for Innovation and Excellence in Psychosomatic Medicine Education

2018 - Central California Psychiatric Society Donald Hilty Outstanding Mentorship Award

2019 - American College of Psychiatrists Creativity in Education Award

2019 - California State Assembly Accommodation for Service from Representative Eloise Reyes (47 District)

2020 - American Osteopathic Association Nomination to the ACGME Residency Review Committee, Psychiatry

Victor J. Teichner Award
The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP) and American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) co-sponsor the Victor J. Teichner Award, developed to promote and improve the teaching of psychodynamic principles to trainees in Psychiatry
Short Biography
Robert McCarron, D.O. completed a dual residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University and received board certification in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and internal medicine. While on faculty at the University of California, Davis and Irvine Schools of Medicine, he started the only two California based combined internal medicine / psychiatry residency programs. In these roles, he received grant support to create and implement a “Med Psych” curriculum that can be used in the public mental health system by psychiatry residency training programs. Dr. McCarron is the Founding Director for the UC Irvine Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) Fellowship and the TNT PC Training and Education in Addiction Medicine (TEAM) Fellowship, which are one-year programs designed to train primary care providers in the essentials of adult psychiatry, pediatric psychiatry and SUD behavioral health. Dr. McCarron also serves as Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He is also Director of Education for the UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. He serves on the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry and is Medical Director for Mind OC. Dr. McCarron is a California National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Board Member.

Dr. McCarron has numerous publications in the areas of medical education, 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 served on the DSM 5-TR Advisory Board and has edited six textbooks on clinical education: three with a focus on teaching the essentials of primary care-based psychiatry, one on primary care-based pain management 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, psychiatry and integrative medicine, and is a national thought leader in psychiatric integrated education 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 and currently serves as an appointed member of the California Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Advisory Committee.
Publications
McCarron RM, Shapiro B, Rawles J, Luo J. Depression [published online ahead of print, 2021 May 11]. Ann Intern Med. 2021;10.7326/AITC202105180. doi:10.7326/AITC202105180
 
Neikrug AB, Xiong. GL, Stehli A, Suo S, Le-Bucklin, Cant W, McCarron RM. Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship—Optimizing Delivery of Behavioral Health Care Through Training for Primary Care Providers. Journal for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP). Spring 2022. Vol 42, Number 2.
 
Lu Y, Ann L, McCarron RM. Steroid-induced psychiatric symptoms: What you need to know. Current Psychiatry Vol 20, No 4, Pages 33-38, April 2021.
 
Wang A, McCarron RM, Azzam D, Stehli A, Xiong G, DeMartini J. Utilizing Big Data from Google Trends to Map Population Depression in the United States: Exploratory Infodemiology Study. JMIR Ment Health. 2022 Mar 31;9(3):e35253. doi: 10.2196/35253. PMID: 35357320.
 
Burke MP, Gonzalez AG, Hilty D, Chan S, Xiong GL, McCarron RM, Yellowlees P. Original Research. Asynchronous Telepsychiatry Interviewer Training Recommendations: A Model for Interdisciplinary, Integrated Behavioral Health Care. Telemedicine and e-Health.
Telemed J E Health. 2021 Sep;27(9):982-988. PMID: 33434453
 
Yellowlees PM, Parsih M, Gonzalez A, Chan SR, Hilty DM, McCarron RM. Clinical Outcomes of Asynchronous Versus Synchronous Telepsychiatry in Primary Care: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research Vol 27, Issue 7, July 2021.
 
McCarron RM, DeMartini J, Onate J. The General Medical Psychiatric
Interview. Primary Care Pain Management. DeMesa C, Sheth S, Keenan C, McCarron RM, John J. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2019.
 
McCarron RM, Reed M, Rivelli S, Han Jaesu, Suo S., et al. Integrated
Psychiatric Education. Editors: De Golia, SG. Supervision in Psychiatric Practice: Practical Approaches Across Venues and Providers. American Psychiatric Publishing; 2019.
 
Yellowlees P, Burke-Parish M, Gonzalez A, Chan S, Hilty D, Losif AM,
McCarron R, Odor A, Scher L, Sciolla A, Shore J, Xiong G. Asynchronous Telepsychiatry: A component of Stepped Integrated Care. Telemedicine and e-Health. Volume 24, No 5, May 2018.
 
Nguyen C, Xie L. McCarron RM, et. al. Epidemiology and Economic
Burden of Serotonin Syndrome With Concomitant Use of Serotonergic Agents: A Retrospective Study Utilizing Two Large US Claims Databases. Primary Care Companion CNS Disorders 2017; 19(0).
 
Xiong, GL, Iosif AM, Culpepper NH, McCarron RM. Use of Preventive
Health Services in People With Serious Mental Illness: Consumer Perspectives on Barriers and Solutions. Mental Health Consumers Perspectives. 2017, January 5.
 
Ramezani A, Rockers DM, Wanlass RL, & McCarron RM. Teaching
Behavioral Medicine Professionals and Trainees an Elaborated Version of the Y-Model: Implications for the Integration of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. 2016, August 8
 
McCarron RM, Vanderlip E, Rado J. Assessment and Treatment of
Depression – Clinical Updates. Annals of Internal Medicine. Volume 4 Oct 2016 p51-63.
 
McCarron, R. et al, eds. Association of Medicine and Psychiatry:
Primary Care Psychiatry. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2018.
 
McCarron RM, Xiong GL, Keenan C, Scher L, Servis, M, Han J.
Preventive Medical Care in Psychiatry A Practical Guide for Clinicians: Study Guide. American Psychiatric Publishing, 2016.
 
De Mesa C, Sheth S, Keenan C, McCarron RM, John J. Primary Care
Pain Management. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2019.
 
Hersevoort S, McCarron, R. Xiong G, eds.
Primary Care Psychiatry Pocket Book. Philadelphia, PA:
Wolters Kluwer; 2018.
 
McCarron RM, Xiong GL, Keenan C, Nasrallah H. Preventive Medical
Care in Psychiatry A Practical Guide for Clinicians.
American Psychiatric Publishing 2015.
Grants
Cedars-Sinai Grant. Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) Fellowship $650,000 (2018-2019)
California Office of Statewide Planning and Development Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship. $1,000,000 (2018-2020)
Cedars-Sinai Grant. Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) Fellowship $510,000 (2019-2021)
California Office of Statewide Planning and Development Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship. $2,700,000 (2019-2021)
Peter Yellowlees, M.D. (Principal Investigator), Don M. Hilty, M.D. (Co-Principal Investigator, Robert M. McCarron, D.O. (Co-investigator): A controlled trial of patient centered telepsychiatry interventions, AHRQ #1R01HS021477. Comparing synchronous and asynchronous telepsychiatry (based in the primary care setting). $2,499,500 (2013-18)
California Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship. $10,000,000 (2021-2025)
California Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care (PC) Training and Education in Addiction Medicine (TEAM) Fellowship. $18,600,000 (2022-2026)
Professional Societies
Past President, California Psychiatric Association
Past President, Association of Medicine and Psychiatry
Past President, Central California Psychiatric Society
Last updated
11/08/2022