Brian Cooke, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Cooke is a Board- Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. He is focused on telemedicine appointments, which he finds patients appreciate for the flexibility and convenience, enabling them to receive treatments from where they are. He is also Board-Certified in Forensic Psychiatry and provides evaluations for numerous legal purposes.

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More about Brian Cooke, MD

Dr. Cooke is a Board- Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. He is focused on telemedicine appointments, which he finds patients appreciate for the flexibility and convenience, enabling them to receive treatments from where they are. He is also Board-Certified in Forensic Psychiatry and provides evaluations for numerous legal purposes.

His favorite part of psychiatry is listening to his patients, which helps him work with patients and formulate a treatment plan. He has seen how untreated symptoms of mental illness can interfere with all the aspects of a person’s health. He finds it amazing to help patients recover and return to normal functioning. 

Dr. Cooke views the doctor-patient relationship as a collaboration. For him, this is the foundation of clinical care and can have a profound impact on a patient’s recovery and relief from suffering. With a strong academic background, he can educate a patient on their treatment options and work with his patients to make positive changes. 

While focused on telepsychiatry and treatments utilizing medications, he recognizes not all patients will respond to medications alone or may struggle with side effects. He sees Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine nasal spray as two treatment options for depression that have proven effective for the right patients. 

Personal Interests

Dr. Cooke lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife and two sons. He enjoys running, hiking, and playing tennis. The family loves to travel and explore new places and cultures. He is also an aspiring chess player.

Education & Experience

Dr. Cooke completed his Bachelor of Science from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore, Maryland. The program provided training in multiple settings, including the University of Maryland Medical Center which served a myriad of patients from around the state. He treated patients in the general adult inpatient psychiatric unit, a child and adolescent inpatient unit, and a geriatric psychiatry unit. Additionally, he provided outpatient care at the community outpatient clinics. He also trained at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, which included four general adult inpatient units, a trauma disorders unit, an eating disorders unit, a child and adolescent inpatient service, adult and child neuropsychiatric units, a psychotic disorders unit, co-occurring unit, outpatient clinics, services for geriatric psychiatry, chemical dependency, a general adult day hospital, and several specialty day hospitals. Other clinical care rotations included the Baltimore VA Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, and the State Mental Hygiene Administration System. During his fourth year, he served as chief resident in a leadership and administrative role. Awards included the Irving J. Taylor Award for Outstanding Resident Research and
the Dr. George U. Balis Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education.

He completed his Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut where he developed expertise in the complex intersection of psychiatry, law, ethics, and public policy. It gave him a broad-based training experience, with particular strengths in the areas of criminal law, public sector forensic psychiatry, and research.

He moved to Gainsville, Florida, where he was a faculty member of the University of Florida College of Medicine for over ten years. During that time, he treated patients in the psychiatry clinic and the hospital for a variety of mental conditions. He also taught medical students, law students, nursing students, psychiatry residents, and advanced forensic fellows. He was awarded the William “Buck” Ruffin Best Teach Award as well as a number of Exemplary Teacher Awards.

Most recently, he served on the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine, where he was an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Other leadership roles included serving as Associate Training Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and the Medical Director at the Emory/Fulton County Jail Competency Restoration Program. He provided psychiatric services at the Emory Health Clinic as well.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Member, American Psychiatric Association
  • Member, American Academy of Psychiatry and Law

Publications

Cooke BK: Becoming a real doctor: my transition from fellowship to faculty. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2012; 40:132-134.

Cooke BK, Goddard ER, Ginory A, et al: Firearms inquiries in Florida: medical privacy or medical neglect? The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2012; 40: 399-408.

Cooke BK, Garvan C, Hobbs JA: Trends in performance on the psychiatry resident-in-training examination (PRITE®): 10 years of data from a single institution. Academic Psychiatry, 2013; 37: 261-264.

Cooke BK, Gold MS: Men’s health and sexual performance. Directions in Psychiatry, 2014; 34(1): 19-27.

Cooke BK, Goddard ER, Werner TL, et al.: The risks and responsible roles for psychiatrists who interact with the media. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2014; 42:459-68.

Cooke BK, Worsham E, and Reisfield GM: The elusive standard of care. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2017; 45: 358-364.

Cooke BK: Clinical implications of violence risk after civil commitment in Florida. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Online Oct 2020, JAAPL.200085-20; DOI: 10.29158/JAAPL.200085-20.

Butcher MR, Thompson KM, Williams MK, Cooke BK, Merlo LJ. Assessment of Student Perspectives on Improving Wellness in Medical School: Qualitative Results from a Cross-Sectional Survey of Medical Students in Florida. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2021;12:1067-1079
https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S323332

Cooke BK. Ethics and Forensic Specialists Interacting with the Media. Ethics Challenges in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Practice 2018. Griffith EEH ed. Columbia University Press. Pages 253-268.

Cooke, BK. Negligent Psychopharmacology. Malpractice and Liability in Psychiatry (in press). Ash P, Frierson R, Hatters Friedman S eds. Springer

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