Tracy Gunter, M.D.

Tracy Gunter, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry


Personal Statement
Behavioral disorders are among our costliest public health problems; yet remain among the most poorly understood and difficult to treat. Over the years, I have had the privileges of teaching and learning from colleagues across disciplines, treating patients, evaluating cases, and contributing to the development of new knowledge at the interface of mental health, neuroscience, and law.  Evolving technologies such as health informatics, functional neuroimaging, and behavioral genetics hold great promise for the development of tools to better understand and treat these disorders, but also present patients, practitioners and legal scholars alike with significant challenges. A multidisciplinary approach to scholarship and practice is needed to make best use of these advances, and this is the perfect place for such an endeavor.

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine   

Transitional Year: Spartanburg Regional Medical Center

Residency: University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Fellowship: University of South Carolina School of Medicine   

Graduate Training: Certificate in Clinical Investigation, University of Iowa   

Board Certifications/Certifications:
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - General and Forensic Psychiatry

Current Academic Interests  Teaching: Mental health law topics for medical trainees, law students, and judges

Clinical: Consultation to attorneys and courts on psychiatric issues of potential legal relevance

Research: Behavioral genetics and adult externalizing disorders, Problem solving courts, Medical-legal partnerships, Direct to consumer genetic testing
Recent Publications 

Gunter, T.D., Philibert, R.A., Vaughn, M. (2010): Behavioral genetics and psychopathy: A review of the recent literature, Behavioral Sciences & the Law March; 28(2):148-173.

Beach, S.R.H., Brody, G.H. Todorov, A.A., Gunter, T.D., Philibert, R.A. (2010). Methylation at 5HTT mediates the Impact of child sex abuse on women’s antisocial behavior: An examination of the Iowa adoptee sample. Psychosomatic Medicine 73(1):83-87. Epub Oct 14 2010.

Gunter, T.D., Chibnall, J., Antoniak, S.K. (2011): Predictors of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and non lethal self harm in a community corrections sample. Journal of Criminal Justice doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus. 2011.02.005. Available online April 1, 2011.
Tracy Gunter, 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