Dr. McDade was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After graduating high school, she completed her undergraduate training early at Baylor University. She returned to Galveston, Tx to complete her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch. During her time in medical school, Dr. McDade collaborated with colleagues to form the University's first ever Stress Less Festival focusing on mental health and stress management in students. Afterwards, she stayed in Galveston to complete her general psychiatry residency and child fellowship at UTMB where she participated in the education of medical students.
Dr. McDade has experience in treating a range of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, opposition defiant disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD and schizophrenia.
In addition to addressing mental health issues in the outpatient setting, Dr. McDade works to improve mental health literacy and reduce stigma in the community by participating on various panels, lecturing at NAMI meetings, and speaking at schools.