Menninger Staff

Julia Ridgeway-Diaz, MD, MS

Staff Psychiatrist

Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine

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Julia Ridgeway-Diaz, MD, MS, is a staff psychiatrist in outpatient therapy at Menninger. She is also a behavioral neurologist and neuropsychiatrist as well as an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.


She has special expertise in neurocognitive disorders, movement disorders, autism spectrum disorder, sleep disorders, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury. 


Her research interests include Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, neurophysiology and pharmacotherapy of melatonin and theories of psychodynamic psychotherapy.


In recent years, Dr. Ridgeway-Diaz has presented on topics ranging from treatment-resistant psychosis and iatrogenic and functional neurological disorders and Alzheimer's disease to traumatic brain injury and stress disorders.


She is the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award, the Ethics Award and the Scientific Writing Award, all from Baylor College of Medicine's department of Psychiatry.


Her professional memberships include the Houston Psychiatric Society, of which she is currently Secretary, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.


Dr. Ridgeway-Diaz earned her bachelor's degrees in Ecology &Evolutionary Biology and English from Rice University, a master's degree in Biological Anthropology & Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and a medical degree from the University of California San Francisco. She completed a psychiatry residency and a behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. 


She says she is proud to work at Menninger not only because it is a world-class institution that provides excellent patient care, but also because the people who work here truly care about each other and the people we serve.