Dr. Butler

Care Philosophy

“My interactions with patients and their families are rooted in respect and trust, with an open and collaborative environment for communication and education. My goal is to demystify the existing falsehoods and stigmas about mental health so that everyone understands the diagnosis and is educated about successful treatment pathways available for patients. By focusing on the total care experience of my pediatric patient, including addressing the needs of the family, together we can achieve optimal long-term outcomes.”

— Dr. Ashley M. Butler, Clinical Pediatric Psychologist

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Bio Statement

Dr. Ashley Michelle Butler, affectionately called Dr. Ashley by some of her pediatric patients, is a fellowship trained pediatric psychologist and an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Butler knew at an early age she was called to pediatric psychology. In the 11th grade she focused her sights on this field of study to work with children dealing with mental health difficulties.

Dr. Butler’s practice is geared towards early intervention and treatment with preschoolers and pediatric patients dealing with mental health diagnoses including ADHD, anxiety, behavioral problems, and learning disorders. These common mental health diagnoses in children can be effectively addressed with proper treatment and management. Young children are very amendable to intervention. The goal is to connect with children as early as possible to start assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Butler began her professional career path by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Upon graduation from the University of Florida, she completed her internship in Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and a Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Butler is the recipient of many distinguished honors and awards in her field. She serves as Principal Investigator on National Institutes of Health sponsored research projects. She has numerous peer reviewed articles, published abstracts, presentations and speaking engagements to her credit.

Dr. Butler enjoys spending time with her husband and young son. Her hobbies include cycling, reading, listening to podcasts and enjoying live music. She’s also partial to tropical vacations.

Organizational Consulting

  • Evidence based diversity and inclusion strategy and programming
  • Training and development
  • Assessment and performance measurement
  • Work-Life Integration
  • Occupational Health and Occupational Stress Management
  • Executive Coaching

Research Driven

“One aim of my research agenda is to promote mental health service equity for racial/ethnic minority children and families. There are two arms to my research portfolio.

The first component of my work concentrates on identifying factors associated with mental health service inequities.

The second line of research focuses on formulating interventions to increase mental health service engagement among families of children with mental health needs. Specific focus includes interventions to increase minority parent engagement in integrated mental health services to promote positive early childhood mental health.”

— Dr. Ashley M. Butler, Clinical Pediatric Psychologist

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Recently Published Research and Presentations