MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER PROFILE

Olaoluwa O. Okusaga, MD, M.Sc.PHR

UT Health
Olaoluwa O. Okusaga, M.D., M.Sc.P.H.R., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is an inpatient psychiatrist on the Psychosis Unit at UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC). He is a physician-scientist with particular interest in schizophrenia. Dr. Okusaga’s research is focused on examining how biological and physical environments interact with the brain and body processes in the etiology and exacerbation of psychotic disorders, specifically the psychoneuroimmunology of psychosis. He has published on the infectious etiology of mental disorders, wheat allergy and psychosis as well as the impact of illicit substances on inpatient treatment of psychotic disorders. He is currently studying the role of cytokines, cell adhesion molecules (P-, E- and L-selectins), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), S100B and the kynurenine pathway in the neurobiology of schizophrenia. The thrust this research is the elucidation of the pathophysiology of schizophrenia and ultimately the development of more effective psychopharmacological treatment for this severe mental illness. Dr. Okusaga received his medical degree from Ogun State University in Nigeria. He went on the earn a Master of Science in Public Health Research (MScPHR) in 2008 from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Dr. Okusaga was then an intern in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. In 2012, he completed his residency training in psychiatry at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Houston, TX
United States

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