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About Penelope J. Hooks, M.D.

penny hooksDR. PENELOPE J. HOOKS is a board certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and child psychoanalyst with a private practice in Houston. Dr. Hooks enjoys working with patients who want to move through their issues and explore deeper feelings and ways of relating.

“The greatest satisfaction is to see people learning to understand themselves,” says Dr. Hooks. “When patients can look at a situation from a different perspective, they can understand in a deeper way what has not been working.”

Appointments are available weekdays by calling 713-521-9087.





Psychoanalytic Training

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston, Texas, 1991-1997
Graduated in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis 1997

Residency in Psychiatry

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1988-1991

Medical School

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas, 1971-1975
Doctor of Medicine Degree, 1975

Residency in Anesthesiology
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, 1975-1978.

Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology
Children's Hospital of Denver, Denver, Colorado July 1978-January-1979.

Fellowship in Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas, January 1979-July 1979


University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1967-1971
Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors, 1971.
Phi Beta Kappa 1971-present


Licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas


  • Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology, 1976
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, 1984
  • Fellow and Charter Member of the American Academy of Pain Management, 1991
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1994
  • Certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association in Adult Psychoanalysis, May, 1999
  • Certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, December, 1999
  • Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association 2003

Academic Appointments

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas,
    Clinical Assistant Professor 1991-2000
    Psychotherapy supervision of resident physicians
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 1994-2000. On-site supervision of residents and child fellows in pre-school setting.

Teaching, Professional and Community Activities

  • President, The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, 2004-2007
  • Past President, Houston Psychiatric Society
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Society
  • Graduate of the Overshopping program of April Lane Benson, 2007
  • Child Development Center of the The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Chairman of the Educational Outreach Committee, 1992-1995.
  • Teaching Award for best second year child fellow rotation , UTHSC, 1994-1995.
    Clinical consultations to pre-schools, 1989-2000.
  • University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute, continuing case conference for the child fellows, 1996-1998.
  • Outstanding Educator Award, 1997, 1998.
  • Faculty of The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Member Curriculum Committee 1997-present
  • Subchairman, Child Analysis Curriculum Committee, 1999-2001
  • Chairman, Child Analysis Committee 2001-present
  • Member Executive Board 2001-present
  • Associate Supervisor, Child and Adolescent Analysis 1999-2003.
  • Supervisor, Child and Adolescent Analysis 2003-present.
  • Training and Supervising Analyst 2003-present.


“Working with Dr. Hooks is an exhilarating learning experience. Almost any time – no, every time, I am working on sorting things out in my mind and I share it with her, her response hits the target. I end up thinking – Yes! That’s it! Yeah! Thank you Penny Hooks!”

Ann Weiss, Director of Bo’s Place
Bo’s Place is a free, non-profit bereavement center offering grief support services for children, families and adults, and provides education and resources for those who assist people in grief.
“Dr. Hooks is one of the very few therapists in the United States who has specialized training in treating people with shopping addictions. Warm, empathic, and highly skilled, if you are an overshopper or have a loved one who is, I couldn't recommend Dr. Hooks more highly.”

April Lane Benson, Ph.D.
Editor: “I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self” (Aronson, 2000)
“Dr. Hooks has been my colleague at The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, I have seen her teach and supervise trainees. Dr. Hooks is an excellent teacher and trainer of therapists, she has treated many patients successfully and efficiently and she is one of the few psychoanalysts in Houston who is certified to treat both adults and children.”

Ruth Rosines, L.C.S.W.
Faculty, The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies
“Dr. Penny Hooks demonstrates her commitment to a deep understanding of the issues her patients face – she really walks her talk. Penny is personally committed to exploring the best, most innovative and effective treatments and programs for people facing significant issues in their lives. My particular interest is in women who compulsively overshop, and I’m delighted to say that this is an area Penny and I share a common and deep interest in.”

Jill Chivers
Creator of the world’s first online program for women who compulsively overshop, ‘My Year Without Clothes Shopping’
Dr. Penelope Hooks, a Houston psychiatrist, works with patients who have shopping addictions. “It's a need that's not being met," she said. "And also, it's a defense against recognizing the need.”

Houston Chronicle
December 12, 2012
“Dr. Penelope Hooks is unsurpassed in child, adolescent and adult psychoanalytic treatment. She has a deep understanding of human development, and shows a remarkable capability of patience and persistence to assist her patients in working through impasses that stymie forward movement. She represents a model of the highest ethical practice, and in every instance her patient comes first.”

Arthur J. Farley, M.D.
President, Texas Academy of Psychiatric Physicians & Clinical Director of the New School in the Heights
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