Dr. John Talmadge is a graduate of Dartmouth College and The Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Duke in 1976 and has been active in the teaching and practice of psychiatry for nearly thirty years. He trained as a family therapist with Carl Whitaker, M.D., at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and during the early years he worked mostly with children and families. He entered the field of addictions in the 1980’s and was among the first physicians certified by both The American Society of Addiction Medicine, and The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is Medical Director for Caron Texas, an addiction rehabilitation center located near Dallas, Texas. Caron Texas is part of the family of The Richard Caron Foundation, a leading national non-profit organization devoted to alcohol and drug recovery.
John is a native Texan, and grew up in Wharton County, Texas, where he attended Boling High School. His parents, Jack and Marjorie Talmadge, were career educators in Texas public schools.
At Dartmouth College, he was twice elected Class President and served on the Undergraduate Council. He was a member of the Green Key Honor Society and the Episcopal Student Association. He played one year of college football, scoring the winning touchdown in the last game of his career. He started medical school at Duke in 1969 and graduated in 1973, serving as a trustee of the Student American Medical Association and achieving honors in psychiatry, surgery, and community medicine. He was awarded the Trent Prize in the History of Medicine for his original reaearch on the political origins of the National Institutes of Health.
Upon completion of residency at Duke, Dr. Talmadge joined the faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He married Dana Maria Mancill of Big Spring, Texas, in 1976. John and Dana have been married for 33 years, and they are the proud parents of three children who are pursuing successful careers in international relations, medicine, and business. Before coming to Dallas in 1990, the family lived in smaller communities like Conroe, San Marcos, and Bryan-College Station. During “the Aggie years” the Talmadges developed a close relationship with Texas A&M University, where John lectured in psychology, psychiatry, ethics, and sports medicine. Dr. Talmadge was a team physician for the Aggies when they won back-to-back-to-back Southwest Conference football championships.
Although two of John’s three children were born in the shadow of Texas A&M, Chelsea and Jeffrey Talmadge both distinguished themselves at The University of Texas at Austin, and Dana Talmadge is also a UT Alumna, so we must mention that great institution in this space. Jeff was an honor student and captained the lacrosse and cross-country teams at Greenhill School in Dallas, was the MVP in both soccer and lacrosse, and won the prestigious Charlie Leather’s Award as outstanding male athlete school-wide. He is now a senior fellow in the honors program in the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin.
Chelsea was a UT McCombs School of Business Distinguished College Scholar, a championship soccer player for Sting Soccer and the Ursuline Academy Bears, and currently attends UT Southwestern Medical School, where she is a class officer and aspiring physician. She is a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Caitlin Talmadge, the first-born in the family, also attended Greenhill, and was a national champion in debate. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard and earned her doctoral degree (Ph.D.) at MIT, and her web page can be seen here. She served as editor of the Harvard Political Review. She is married to Steven Lehotsky (Dartmouth ’99, Harvard Law ’02). She is named as a rising leader in national security and foreign policy by the Center for a New American Security. She has also been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Georgetown University. Caitlin has joined the faculty at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she teaches political science and specializes in issues related to international security and foreign policy.
Dr. Talmadge was recruited to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center after 25 years of service in both the public and private sectors. Accepting a faculty appointment At UT Southwestern, he served as Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship training program and in 2005 was honored with promotion to full Professor of Psychiatry. He has been an examiner for The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a teacher at five different medical schools in Texas, and a surveyor for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Today he continues as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry teaching medical students and residents at The Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center and at Parkland Memorial Hospital, as well as on the main campus at UT Southwestern. He consults privately in the fields of addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and behavioral medicine.
Dr. Talmadge worked for several years in child and family psychiatry, serving at The San Marcos Treatment Center (The Brown Schools) as a medical director; and later in College Station, where he built The Sandstone Center, a private psychiatric hospital in College Station. He moved to Dallas in 1990 and worked for ten years in hospital-based psychiatric programs and mental health centers until joining UT Southwestern and the Dallas VA Medical Center in 2000.
Since joining the UT faculty, he has been nominated often for the honor of Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the Department of Psychiatry, and he won that award in 2002. His team also was honored with the Outstanding Teaching Site Award that same year. In 2005 he was honored with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Medical Education at UT Southwestern Medical School. He was elected by his peers to Best Doctors in America in 2003-2009, and he has been named one of the Best Psychiatrists in the USA in the Treatment of Mood Disorders. In the 2006 academic year he was nominated both as the outstanding clinical teacher in his department as well as the outstanding teacher and supervisor for inpatient psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Talmadge served as a volunteer physician in 1972 in Vietnam with the American Friends Service Committee, caring for children, women, the elderly, and other civilian casualties of war. After completing his medical training he served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve, honorably discharged in 1987. He continues actively to support our returning veterans and to advocate on their behalf, particularly with regard to veterans mental health services.
Dr. Talmadge’s current work involves development of a general theory of alcoholism and drug abuse, combining his passion for analytical philosophy with his devotion to clinical care of addicts and alcoholics. He has been clean and sober in personal recovery since 1983, giving him a valuable personal perspective on the addictions. Recognized as a skilled and compassionate clinician and therapist, he has extensive experience in treating mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, substance use disorders, alcoholism, and family problems.