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Foster, Adriana E., MD

Title: Professor; Vice Chair of Clinical and Research Programs

Office: AHC1 - 335A

Phone: 305-348-8463


Specialty: Adult psychiatry with focus on treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder

Languages Spoken: English, Romanian

Education: MD, "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Practice Location:

FIU Health Faculty Group Practice
800 SW 108th Avenue, Suite 100
Miami, FL 33174 
Phone: 305-348-3627

Department(s): Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Dr. Adriana Foster is a Board Certified adult psychiatrist and Fellow of American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Foster started to work with people with severe mental illness during her residency at Baylor College of Medicine. Later, as a faculty member at Baylor, she worked in inpatient, outpatient and assertive community treatment teams, performed ECT and was Medical Director of the Integrated Mental Health Clinic at the Michael E DeBakey VA in Houston, TX. At Medical College of Georgia (MCG), Dr Foster treated patients with a wide variety of disorders at Georgia Regents Medical Center and in community setting at Serenity Behavioral Health in Augusta, Georgia.

Dr. Foster participated as co-investigator in NIMH-funded and industry-sponsored studies of treatment and genetics of schizophrenia at Baylor and MCG. Dr. Foster completed an education research fellowship at Georgia Regents University's Education Innovation Institute and received funding from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to study applications of virtual patients in suicide risk assessment and teaching empathy in medical interview. At MCG, Dr. Foster was the Psychiatry Clerkship Director and implemented a psychiatry online curriculum at five campuses across the state of Georgia. Dr. Foster is a member and past Co-Chair of the Clinical Simulation (CSI) Committee of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP), recently awarded The Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education by the American College of Psychiatrists.

At FIU, Dr. Foster treats patients in FIU Health outpatient practice and at Citrus Health Network, teaches medical students and Citrus psychiatry residents and mentors junior faculty. Dr. Foster is the co-investigator and Training Director for the HRSA-funded FIU Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training, a hybrid course taught to FIU Masters students in behavioral health professions, in collaboration with four community-based sites in Miami-Dade County.

Dr. Foster actively publishes articles, is a reviewer and an Editorial Board member for peer-reviewed journals and writes book chapters.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Education Research, Education Innovation Institute, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
  • Residency, Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Caritas Hospital, Bucharest, Romania
  • MD, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania


  • Foster, A., Buckley, P., Lauriello, J., Looney, S., & Schooler, N. (2017). Combination Antipsychotic Therapies. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology,37(5), 595-599. doi:10.1097/jcp.0000000000000766
  • Foster, A., Nisar, A., Sanchez, G., & Trieu, M. (2017). Genetics and Antipsychotic Response in Schizophrenia: An Update. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports,4(3), 221-230. doi:10.1007/s40473-017-0119-4
  • Foster, A., Trieu, M., Azutillo, E., Halan, S., & Lok, B. (2017). Teaching Empathy in Healthcare: From Mirror Neurons to Education Technology. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science,2(2), 94-105. doi:10.1007/s41347-017-0019-1
  • Griffeth, B., Brooks, W., & Foster, A. (2017). A Psychiatric-Specific Entrustable Professional Activity for the Evaluation of Prospective Psychiatric Residents: Towards a National Standard. MedEdPORTAL Publications,13. doi:10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10584
  • Schwartz, J., Somaiya, M., Cosner, C., & Foster, A. (2017). Natural History of Suicidal Ideation: Insights from the Electronic Health Record. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science,3(2), 58-62. doi:10.1007/s41347-017-0037-z