Erick Messias, MD, MPH, PhD joined Beacon Health Options as Medical Director for Arkansas in August of 2015. Dr. Messias was born and raised in Brazil, where he completed medical school and practiced family medicine in rural areas, before moving to the US in 1997 and becoming an American citizen in 2014.
Dr. Messias completed his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Maryland in 2001, and in preventive medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003. While at Hopkins, he also received a master’s in public health and a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology. Since then, Dr. Messias has been practicing psychiatry in private practice and academic institutions in both Georgia and Arkansas. From 2010 to 2015, he was the medical director of the Walker Family Clinic and the House Staff Mental Health Service at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He has also published several papers in scientific journals on risk factors for depression and suicide, as well as schizophrenia and psychiatric epidemiology.