The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston


Our faculty and staff are in the forefront of the exploration of the causes and treatments of mental illness.

Dawnelle Schatte, M.D.



Dr. Dawnelle Schatte is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth. After completing her undergraduate studies at University of Houston, Dr. Schatte received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine where she also completed her residency in Psychiatry. She completed her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UTHealth. Her clinical experience is primarily in consult-liaison child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry with juvenile offenders, and treatment of traumatized youth. She provides psychiatric care for abused children and adolescents within the multidisciplinary treatment group of the CARE Clinic, part of the Forensic Assessment Center Network. In addition to her clinical work, she is the Director of Educational Programs overseeing the medical students' curriculum in psychiatry. She is faculty advisor for the following student organizations: Gay Straight Alliance, American Medical Women's Association, and Student Interest Group in Neurology/Psychiatry.

Clinical and Research Interests:

  1. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  2. Juvenile Delinquency and Forensics
  3. Trauma in Adolescents

Publications (selected):

  • Pettit, J.W., Garza, M.J., Grover, K.E., Schatte, D.J., Morgan, S.T., Harper, A., & Saunders, A.E. (2009) Factor structure and psychometric properties of the Modified Scale for Suicidal Ideation among suicidal youth. Depression and Anxiety, 26(8), 769-774.
  • Reeder, D. and Schatte, D. (2011) Managing negative reactions in forensic trainees.. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 39:217-21.
  • Netherton, E. and Schatte, D. (2011) Potential for oxytocin use in children and adolescents with mental illness. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental. 26:271-281.
  • Hartley, C., Grover, K.E., Pettit, J.W., Morgan, S.T., & Schatte, D.J. (2013). Are reports of life event stress among suicidal youth subject to cognitive bias? Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior 43(5):503-510.

Faculty Biography

Dawnelle Schatte, M.D.
  • Dawnelle Schatte, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Director, Medical Student Education
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • University of Texas-Houston Medical School
    2800 South MacGregor
    Houston, Texas 77021
  • phone: (713) 741-3810
    e-mail: Dawnelle.J.Schatte
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