Ken Masters, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology practicing in Houston, Texas. Dr. Masters received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota in 2007. He completed residency in psychiatry at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. During his tenure there he was awarded the Stacia Micheletto Award for Outstanding Psychiatry Resident.
Dr. Masters is a registered tribal member of the Cherokee Nation. He served as an Asniya intern at Pine Ridge High School in 2007. He is active in several Native health and education initiatives. He is a board member for Believing in Native Generations (BLiNG), an organization that provides health education and mental health screenings at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, OK. He is a founding member of the Native American Health Coalition, an urban Indian health advocacy organization and he was a founding member of the Native American Student Association and Society of Rice Indigenous Alumni at Rice University. He has given numerous lectures and presentations on healthcare disparities, mental health barriers to care and resiliency in Native populations.
Dr. Masters credits his 2007 rotation with Asniya as instrumental in helping him find his passion as an advocate for disadvantaged and challenged populations. He continues this work today as a community-based adolescent and adult psychiatrist. He serves a diverse patient population at one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) agencies in Texas. In 2017 Dr. Masters was nominated for Provider of the Year of this organization.