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Our Team

Team Leaders

Michael Groat, PhD

Dr. Groat, director of Menninger's Adult Division, which is comprised of the Hope Program for Adults and the Professionals in Crisis Program, also serves as associate professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine.

 
His interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, personality assessment and therapeutic communities. He co-authored a book chapter on personality assessment in the Handbook of Clinical Psychology, and he has published on topics ranging from attachment style and addictions to mentalizing-based approaches to treatment and impasses in treatment. He also lectures regularly at national meetings of professional organizations on topics ranging from depression, overcoming the stigma of mental illness and addiction, personality assessment and working with patients with challenging psychiatric disorders. Dr. Groat also presents nationally on psychotherapeutic hospital work.
 
Dr. Groat received his master’s degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and his doctor of counseling psychology degree from the State University of New York, Albany. Before coming to Menninger, Dr. Groat served as an associate psychologist for Capital District Psychiatric Center, Albany, NY. The American Psychoanalytic Association named Dr. Groat a Fellow in 2003-2004.
 
He completed a four-year advanced fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy and systems-based hospital work at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass. He also studied adult psychoanalysis as a candidate at the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute. He was a 2004 fellow of the Psychoanalytic Research Training Program at the Anna Freud Centre at the Yale Child Study Center and Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute and most recently completed studies at the Leadership Institute for Non-Profit Executive Management at Rice University.
 

Robert Albanese, Jr, MD

Dr. Albanese is the program manager of the Professionals in Crisis Program and an associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in psychiatry, internal medicine and psychosomatic medicine. 

 

Prior to joining Menninger, Dr. Albanese held such positions as chief of the Medical Service at the Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center in Boise, Idaho; medical director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Charleston, SC; and psychiatrist for the Combat-related PTSD Residential Program at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla.

 

Dr. Albanese is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a governor of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry.

 

He earned his medical and bachelor's degrees from East Carolina University and completed his internal medicine and psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.