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Medical Director of Outpatient Services, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Chair, Child Psychoanalytic Program

Professor, UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


My path to becoming a child and adolescent psychiatrist started in medical school when I worked with youth who had self-esteem and behavioral issues. Seeing the lifelong positive impact early interventions can have on children inspired me to pursue a career in medicine, then child psychiatry.

I have extensive expertise in pediatric mental health issues. My specialty is child and adolescent psychiatry and complex learning issues that affect a child's self-esteem. Common pediatric mental health conditions I treat include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression and mood disorders. My research focuses on finding evidence-based approaches for the treatment of depression and ADHD.

My approach to care is to work with the child and family to find the right treatment interventions needed. I have special training in individual and family therapy for children and adolescents, and I believe therapy is the first step in helping a child. In my practice, I strongly consider nonpharmacologic treatment while not ignoring the many benefits medication can provide.

I have been fortunate to have won many Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching Residents. I also won the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) 2016 Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for the best paper written about adolescents' psychotherapy.

During my free time, I like to write books, travel, hike and bike. I’m also an active reader of novels.

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Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

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My Education

MD: Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, 1981.

Residency: Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry, Topeka, KS.

Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry, Topeka, KS.

Certifications: Psychiatry, 1988; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1990; Psychoanalysis, 1994; Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, 1994.

My Publications

Discharge against medical advice in pediatric psychiatry: A case study. Bachtel, AA; Barzman, DH; Delgado, SV; Sorter, MT. The American journal of forensic psychology. 2018; 36:47-52.

Beyond DSM-5 and IQ Scores: Integrating the Four Pillars to Forensic Evaluations. Delgado, SV; Barzman, DH. Psychiatric Quarterly. 2017; 88:199-211.