Dr. Scot McKay is proud to be joining Associated Psychiatrists of Nashville as a child and adolescent psychiatrist with his focus on school-aged to college-aged patients. After moving from Denver, CO. Dr. McKay graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC with a degree Biology. He then pursued his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina where he first fell in love with the practice of Psychiatry, previously wanting to become a Pediatrician. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Center. He continued his practice in Denver first as an attending psychiatrist on the Child and Adolescent Inpatient and Day Treatment Psychiatric Units at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and then working in the school-based health clinics through Denver Health in partnership with Denver Public Schools. Dr. McKay relocated to Nashville with his wife and children to be closer to family. He had been working at the Mental Health Cooperative prior to joining the Associated Psychiatrists of Nashville.
Dr. McKay is Board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. He felt a calling into psychiatry as it allows him to spend time and better understand his patients to promote wellness and not just prescribe medications. He believes that medication is an important tool in psychiatrist’s toolbox which also includes psychotherapies and behavioral techniques for healing mind, body, and spirit. He has trainings in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, family therapy, and motivational interviewing. He has experience in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Suicidality, Anxiety disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder), and Bipolar disorder. He also has familiarity with substance use issues and autism spectrum disorders (but does not provide autism evaluations)