Women in Medicine: Jessica Sandoval
Jessica Sandoval, MD, Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Long School of Medicine
Dr. Jessica Sandoval is a Child Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Sandoval exemplifies innovation in medical education in numerous ways, including serving as Associate Program Director for Diversity and Inclusion for the UT Health Psychiatry Residency Program, Course Director for the Cultural Humility lecture series, and is the co-creator for an innovative advocacy curriculum.
Dr. Sandoval promotes equity of health services in our community clinics with vulnerable/at risk and underinsured/uninsured populations, where she passionately delivers evidence based, empathetic care that is sensitive to the patient’s psychosocial and cultural context. She also serves as Director ofPsychiatry services for Krier correctional facility, which is a residential program for incarcerated youth, many of whom often have severe histories of personal and intergenerational trauma, neglect, and other hardships that complicate their health and outcomes.
Additionally, she also serves as Director of psychiatry services at Roy Maas Youth Alternative outpatient counseling center, which provides care for uninsured/Medicaid population, funded by several grants for at risk populations. As an officer with the Texas Mental Health Equity Mentor Network, Dr. Sandoval links trainees from underrepresented backgrounds with mentors to promote a greater number of under-represented minorities in the field of psychiatry.
Dr. Sandoval is currently earning a Master’s degree through the Masters of Science In Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program at UT Health. Her thesis project examines associations between ethnic identity and psychiatric outcomes following traumatic events experienced by children and adolescents.