Erin Malloy MD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
MD: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina—Psychiatry
Fellowship: University of South Carolina—Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical/Research/Medicine Related Interests
Physician communication skills
Cultural issues in medicine
Child and adolescent psychiatry
Maternal Depression and effects on children
Impact of abuse and attachment on child development
Dr. Malloy’s background in her own words
I am really honored to be one of the advisors in the Larry Keith Advisory College Program. Here’s a little about who I am and what I do. Yes, I am a psychiatrist. And no, I will not psychoanalyze you if you end up as one of my advisees! My specialty is child psychiatry, and my clinical role is in heading up the child and the adolescent inpatient units. I also see a number of outpatients. I’ve worked on research related to the effects of maternal depression on child development and emotional/behavioral issues; I also do some research related to medical education. My most recent project has been starting up a free mental health clinic for women and children who live at our local women’s shelter. You might see me in your Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course—I ‘m one of the tutors and also am involved with the assessments in that course. I’m also the Associate Clerkship Director in the psychiatry third year clerkship.
I’ve been here at UNC since 1998, arriving just after I finished my child psychiatry fellowship. At that point I thought I’d stick around for a year or two. So now it’s been over ten years, with getting married and having two children (ages 5 and 1) along the way. We’re pretty busy with the kids, with soccer, taekwondo, playing Barbies and chasing after the little one. I also try to find time to run, swim, cook something more exciting than Mac and Cheese, and read.
So that’s where we are now. Maybe I should back up a bit. I grew up in Florida and went to the University of Florida. Believe it or not I went to UF thinking I’d be an accountant. Anyone who has seen my office knows what a joke that would have been. So in my junior year I worked for the summer and figured out that I really needed to interact with people to help them—as opposed to doing their taxes on time. Don’t get me wrong; my accountant’s great, but it wouldn’t have been a good fit for me. I thought about medicine and teaching at the college level and settled on pursuing a pre-med track with English major. In the end, medicine won out and I stayed in Gainesville for medical school. Back then, there wasn’t much clinical integration in the first year. So I was very ready for second year to start. It was so much more clinical and made so much more sense. And third year was amazing. I loved every rotation and really had to think hard about what type of residency to pursue. Most of my peers and faculty had me pegged as a pediatrician as soon as I walked through the doors of the medical school. Some faculty thought surgery or OB/GYN was for me. But in the end, psychiatry was what fascinated me, mostly for the opportunity and challenge of knowing my patients and their families on so many levels. There are so many ways to be helpful. So I did my psychiatry residency in Charleston, which has a great program and a bonus of a wonderful place to live. I met my husband there, graduated, and ended up here after residency.
While I must admit I’m part Gator and part Tarheel (some years that’s gotten me into trouble come the NCAA basketball tournament), UNC’s a place where I can really combine my three passions: taking care of patients, teaching, and family. I’m truly honored and excited to have the opportunity to be an advisor for the UNC School of Medicine. And chances are, I won’t tell you to become an accountant.