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Psychiatry Researchers



Ondria Gleason, MD

Ondria Gleason, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Gleason received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska.  She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine’s School of Community Medicine.  She is board certified in general psychiatry and in psychosomatic medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Gleason previously served as Interim Dean of the OU School of Community Medicine.  Her research interests include comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions, concurrent depression and hepatitis C, delirium and psychiatric best practices. 


Child Psychiatry

Tara Buck, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Child Psychiatry

Dr. Tara R. Buck is board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She completed her general psychiatry residency at the OU School of Community Medicine and fellowship training in child & adolescent psychiatry at the University of Utah. She obtained her medical training at the University of Oklahoma. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry and an Oxley Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the OUSCM. Dr. Buck’s professional and research interests include working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder and mental health collaboration with primary care providers and other mental health professionals.


Kim Coon, EdD

Kim Coon, EdD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Psychotherapy Education

Dr. Coon received her bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Oklahoma, and her doctorate from Oklahoma State University. She joined the psychiatry department faculty in 1999.  Dr. Coon is a certified cognitive therapist, and serves as a Diplomate for the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.   Dr. Coon completed a faculty fellowship in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy granted from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, and has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy from the Harvard Medical School Bipolar Research Program and The Beck Institute. She has presented and co-presented international, national, and regional presentations regarding psychotherapy treatment and training, and has participated as investigator or co-investigator in psychiatry training, primary care and mental health treatment research projects.  Her current interests are a continued focus on resident and student education, and researching the effects of trauma on physical health and mental illness treatment in primary care.



Kristy M. Griffith, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Medical Director of OU Physicians Psychiatry Clinic

Dr. Griffith completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and obtained her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa. She completed two years of residency training at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Training Program and two years of residency training at the OU College of Medicine-Tulsa Psychiatry Program.  Dr. Griffith worked in private practice in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and assertive community treatment for ten years prior to joining OUSCM Department of Psychiatry as clinic director and assistant professor.  She has been board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2004.  Her research and clinical interests include women’s mental health, complimentary alternative medicine for mental health, the interplay of physical and psychiatric health, and unusual manifestations of adverse drug reactions.


 Kent Teague, Ph.D.

Kent Teague, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Teague completed his Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He completed postdoctoral training in Immunology at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Denver. Dr. Teague serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research and leads the research efforts at OU-Tulsa. He specializes in studying the effects of psychosocial stress and chronic inflammation on the immune system and the downstream effects on health. Dr. Teague is also the Associate Dean for Research for the OU-TU School of Community Medicine and holds the GKFF Chair in Community Medicine Research.  In addition to his roles in research, Dr. Teague is the associate course director for the Immunology, Microbiology, and Integument course for the medical students and co-directs the immunology course for the PA students.

Bryan K. Touchet, MD

Bryan K. Touchet, MD
Professor in Psychiatry

Dr. Touchet completed his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Tulsa. After completing his general psychiatry residency training at the OUSCM-Tulsa, he entered community practice, earned board certification in general psychiatry, and remained active as a volunteer faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Touchet joined the full-time faculty in 2002 as medical director of the OU Psychiatry Clinic and served in that role until he took over as program director of the OUSCM general psychiatry training program in 2008. His interests include innovations in educational training methods, psychodynamic psychotherapy, personality disorders, and the interface of spirituality and psychiatry. His current research interests are spirituality and mental health, factors affecting progression to indirect supervision among psychiatry interns, and teaching methodology innovations.


Adult Pscyhiatrist

Ashley Walker, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Residency Training Director

Dr. Ashley Walker is board certified in General Psychiatry and serves as the Psychiatry Residency Training Director in the Department of Psychiatry at the OU-TU School of Community of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – Tulsa and served as the associate residency training program director for five years before being appointed Residency Training Director. Dr. Walker’s professional interests include academic medicine, emergency psychiatry, treatment of severe mental illness, and decreasing stigma related to mental illness and its treatments.


Psychiatry Researchers at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research



Laureate Institute

Jonathan Savitz, Ph.D.