PresenterPhotoNidal Moukaddam, M.D.Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine where she is the Director of Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics at Ben Taub Hospital.

Her recent work includes the creation and testing of smartphone applications for mental illness across the age spectrum, research performed in collaboration with the Rice University department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her team has also developed tools to enhance wellness and combat burnout in physicians. The results of this work include an open, fee-free, dynamic platform for academic collaboration, Healthsense, that is now available for researchers to engage in sensor-based measurements in their studies and earned the community paper award at the 25th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking. Their team has also released a longitudinal adaptive study for the effects of COVID-19 on mental health, available at

Moukaddam has supervised many students and residents, leading to numerous awards including Women of Excellence Award at Baylor College of Medicine (2020), the Faculty Mentorship & Teaching award for Baylor Psychiatry Department (2018), being selected for Houstonia magazine- Houston top 100 doctors’ selection (2017) and Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences’ Outstanding Mentor Award (2017). She is also the creator of a wellness curriculum for Baylor College of Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research.

She received her MD from the American University of Beirut and did both her PhD and residency at UTMB-Galveston, in clinical sciences. She is board certified in General Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine and specializes in challenging adult populations: she practices emergency psychiatry at Ben Taub Hospital, a level 1 trauma center in Houston, Texas, with a special focus on individuals afflicted with both psychosis and addiction. She is the Continuing Medical Education director for the National Arab-American Medical Association, and is passionate about normalizing the conversation around mental wellness and culturally appropriate care.