Chad McWhinnie, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Chad McWhinnie, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff psychologist at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at Banner-UMC South.

His therapeutic work is focused on adolescents struggling with multiple problems, including challenges related to substance use, mood and anxiety, suicidality, self-injurious behavior, trauma, and behavioral issues at home and school.

Dr. McWhinnie uses an evidence-based practice approach with expertise in cognitive behavior therapies, and has extensive training and practice in family-based interventions, mindfulness-based interventions for behavior change, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavior therapy. His approach to treatment is pragmatic and contextual, and gives important consideration to family, school, and social issues.  

Prior to joining the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Dr. McWhinnie worked from 2012-2017 with adolescents and their families as a staff psychologist at the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment Program at McLean Hospital and was a faculty member of Harvard Medical School.

  • PhD: McGill University, 2012
  • BA: University of Arizona, 2004
  • BS: Boston College, 1992
  • Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, 2010-2011
  • Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment Program, 2011-2012