Karon Dawkins, M.D.

Associate Professor and Director of the General Psychiatry Residency Program


Karon Dawkins, M.D.


E-mail: karon_dawkins@med.unc.edu

Phone: (919) 966-5477



B.S., Psychology, University of South Carolina
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Residency, Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Chief Resident, Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fellowship, Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health


Summary Statement:

Dr. Dawkins is Training Director for the General Psychiatry Program. Responsibilities include maintenance of the educational program; including oversight of recruitment, instruction, supervision, evaluation, and advancement of residents within the training program, as well as maintenance of records related to program accreditation. She is also Director of the Electroconvulsive Therapy Service and attends on that service 3 months per year. This includes performing treatments, outpatient and inpatient consultation, and clinical supervision of third year residents during their month-long ECT rotation and fourth year residents doing ECT electives. Clinical practice is largely limited to mood disorders and ECT.


Representative Publications:

  1. Mendelowitz A, Dawkins K, Lieberman J: in Lieberman JA, Tasman A (ed): Psychiatric Drugs, chap Antidepressants 2000, pp 44-77.
  2. Dawkins K: The interaction of ethnicity, sociocultural factors, and gender in clinical psychopharmacology. Psychopharmacology Bulletin 32:283-289, 1996.
  3. Dawkins K, Lieberman JA, Lebowitz BD, Hsiao JK: Antipsychotics: Past and Future: National Institute of Mental Health Division of Services and Intervention Research Workshop, July 14, 1998. Schizophrenia Bulletin 25:395-405, 1999.
  4. Dawkins K, Ekstrom RD, Hill MA, Isaacs DL, Golden RN: Ethnicity and seizure threshold. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 24:1289-1298, 2000.
  5. Hill MA, Courvoisie H, Dawkins K, Nofal P, Thomas B: ECT for the treatment of intractable mania in two prepubertal male children. Convulsive Therapy 13:74-82, 1997.