Nancy Butler, M.D.

Nancy E. Butler, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry


Personal Statement  My twenty-five years of practice with a number of forms of therapy led me to interest in in-depth insight oriented forms of psychotherapy including psychoanalysis-- perhaps best described as a method for helping one make meaning of a life. This closely ties with my commitment to the education of medical students and residents, particularly in the areas of self-awareness and psychotherapy. It is my hope to help the IU School of Medicine produce graduates who are themselves able to providing healing communication.
Education  Undergraduate: Indiana University

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Postdoctoral: Indiana University School of Medicine

Board Certifications/Certifications:
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Current Academic Interests  Teaching: Education administration, clinical education of medical students in psychiatry; self-awareness, self-care, and behavioral science education of medical students and residents; psychotherapy instruction to residents as well as teaching residents to teach.

Clinical: In-depth exploratory psychotherapy including psychoanalysis; short term and supportive psychotherapy as well as medication management of a wide range of psychiatric disorders, with greatest emphasis on anxiety, depression, personality disorders and trauma.

Research: Medical education research including motivations for teaching and learning; self-awareness of care providers and curricular design. Clinical research interests include agents for change in interpersonal interactions.
Recent Publications  Galka, SW; Perkins, DV; Butler, NE; Griffith, DA; Schmetzer, AD; Avirrappattu, G; Lafuze, JE. Medical Students' Attitudes Toward Mental Disorders Before and After a Psychiatric Rotation, Academic Psychiatry, 2005:29 357-361

Video tape training series "Affective Disorders", Personality Disorders", Schizophrenia, 1991

Hayes, JR, Butler, NE, Martin, CR. Misunderstood Somatopsychic Concomitants of Medical Disorders. Psychosomatics 1986:27(2):128-133
Nancy Butler, M.D.

Goodman Hall
355 W. 16th Street
Suite 2800
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Department of Psychiatry | 355 W. 16th St., Suite 4800 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 963-7288 | Fax: (317) 963-7313