I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist who treats adults with dementia, attention deficit, anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. I also have a doctorate in neurophysiology and have done extensive research on attention, memory and depression.

I trained in New York City for 12 years and relocated to North Carolina in 2008. My training at NYU and Mt Sinai was excellent and I was exposed to a wide variety of people and problems, but over time the pace became draining. I decided to move to Chapel Hill in search of a more balanced lifestyle, where I would be able to give more personalized attention to my patients, family, and friends.

My goal is to help you optimize your mood and thinking so that you can achieve your personal goals. I believe that good communication is essential to medical care and use the latest technology to actively communicate with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care providers. My treatment approach includes medication management, cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapy, cognitive testing, and psychoeducation.


  • Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (New York, NY) – Psychiatry Residency
  • New York University School of Medicine (New York, NY) – M.D.
  • New York University Department of Neurophysiology (New York, NY) – Ph.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) – B.A.


  • Community Care of North Carolina (Raleigh, NC) – Deputy Chief Medical Officer
  • Doctors Making Housecalls (Chapel Hill, NC) – Director of Psychiatry
  • Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless (New York, NY) – Psychiatric Consultant

Professional Societies and Licenses:

  • North Carolina Psychiatric Association: 2008-present (current President-Elect)
  • American Psychiatry Association: 2005 – present (Distinguished Fellow 2017-present)
  • Technology Committee Chair, North Carolina Psychiatric Association: 2014-16
  • The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD): 2011-16
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): 2011 – present
  • National Parkinson Foundation – Allied Team Training (ATTP): 2011 – present
  • DEA waiver for treatment of opioid addiction: 2011 – present
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: 2010 – present
  • North Carolina State Medical License: 2008 – present
  • New York State Medical License: 2005 – present


  • Board member, CASA, 2013-2014
  • Board member, Guiding Lights : Caregiver Support Center, 2011-2013
  • Provider, Give an Hour, 2010-15


  • Attention and memory in schizophrenia with functional MRI (Mount Sinai Medical Center)
  • Multielectrode neurophysiology of attention in rats (New York University School of Medicine)
  • Modulation of startle response in post-traumatic stress disorder (West Haven VA Hospital)
  • Antidepressant drug treatment in the rat forced swimming test (University of Pennsylvania)


  • Opening Your Private Practice: The Essential Timeline : Dr. Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD


  • Hardy, M., Jackson, C., Byrne, J. (2018) Antipsychotic adherence and emergency department utilization among patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research (in press)
  • Fan, J., Byrne, J., Worden, M.S., McCandliss, Guise, K.G., B.D., Fosella, J., and Posner, M. I. (2007) The relation of brain oscillations to attentional networks. The Journal of Neuroscience 27(23): 6197-206.
  • Johnson, J.L. and Welsh, J. P. (2003) Independently-moveable multielectrode array to record multiple fast-spiking neurons in the cerebral cortex during cognition. Methods 30(1): 64-78.
  • Detke, M.J., Johnson J., and Lucki, I. (1997) Acute and chronic antidepressant drug treatment in the rat forced swimming test model of depression. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 5(2): 107-112.