Jason Garner, MD

Medical Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Program

Dr. Garner is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who is focused on helping patients with mood disorders, anxiety, and personality disorders. He enjoys working with diverse populations including those in the LGBTQ+ community and patients with chronic medical illnesses.

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More about Jason Garner, MD

Originally pursuing a career in law, Dr. Garner eventually switched paths and went back to school to become a doctor. He has always been interested in psychology and helping others. He grew up with a relative with severe mental illness. That experience shaped this desire and instilled his compassion for those with mental illness. It also provided him with early, informal training.

His working style with patients involves truly trying to understand their world and working alongside them in a collaborative relationship to assist them in meeting their goals. He helps patients get out of their sometimes entrenched way of thinking as he builds a treatment plan that fits with their lifestyle and supports their recovery.

Dr. Garner has always enjoyed learning about the brain. For him, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) allows another access point of healing for those suffering from mental illness. It is an additional mode of treatment to assist patients, outside the usual modes of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy and can make a difference in helping a patient find relief.

Personal Interests

Dr. Garner is a certified scuba diver. He enjoys being in the water and exploring underneath the surface whenever he can. Having lived in Sacramento for his residency, he is excited to return following two years of living and working in Seattle, partly for the livability and culture, and partly for the best Mexican food in the world! He collects comic books, enjoys taking dance and music lessons, and spending time with his husband and two cats.

Education & Experience

Dr. Garner graduated from Oklahoma State University with his Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Psychology. He proceeded to go on and study law, graduating with his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

As he pivoted towards a career in medicine, he returned to school and received his Bachelor’s in Biology from Portland State University. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Oregon Health & Science University.

He completed general psychiatry residency training at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento for three years prior to “fast-tracking” into the University of Washington Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program based at Seattle Children’s hospital. In his fellowship, he worked with a variety of children, teens and young adults in a variety of settings from inpatient at the state hospital, to juvenile detention, outpatient and community clinics. He has worked as a Residential Counselor, providing counseling and medication management services to adults with severe mental illness. He also completed a year-long elective in dialectical behavior therapy, an evidenced-based therapy for treating suicidality.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Board-Certified in Psychiatry
  • Board-Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association
  • Member, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Garner, JL. (2019) Book Review, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 23(1), 99-100.

Garner, JL. (2017) Organizing the Closet: Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with a Heterosexual Married Gay Man. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. 21(3), 241-247

“The American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal: A Resident-Led, Peer-Reviewed Journal Supporting Psychiatric Trainee Scholarship.” Presented at the American Psychiatric Association 2019 Annual Meeting, May 18, 2019.

“Teaching Child Psychiatry Trainees Family-Systems Interviewing Using Recorded Role-Playing Exercises.” Presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2018 Annual Meeting, October 27, 2018.

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