Giovana Zunta-Soares, MD, earned her medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Caxias do Sul in Brazil. She then completed her residency training in psychiatry at Hospital Psiquiátrico São Pedro in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Dr. Zunta-Soares went on to complete clinical research fellowships in psychiatry at UT Health San Antonio and UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Her clinical interests include adult general psychiatry, bipolar disorder, depression and psychiatry.
An associate professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, she currently serves as the Director of the Mood Disorders Clinical Trials Program and the Director of the Mood Disorder Clinic. With over 21 years of clinical experience, she combines her knowledge with compassion to provide excellent care for her patients. In her role as Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic, she leads a team of five psychiatrists dedicated to assessing and treating mood disorders. She is currently working to expand clinic services to include second opinion and women’s mental health services.
Dr. Zunta-Soares actively participates in research on mood disorders with the Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders at UTHealth. Her research focuses specifically on the brain mechanisms involved in bipolar and unipolar mood disorders, neuroimaging and neurocognitive studies and clinical trials to develop new treatments for these conditions. She has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and mentored clinical investigators, including graduate students, residents and postdoctoral research fellows. Her current work is focused on how to integrate neuroimaging, neurocognition and other biomarkers into meaningful clinical diagnostic tools.
Originally from Brazil, Dr. Zunta-Soares is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.