Kent T Mathias

Kent T Mathias, M.D.

Assistant Professor & Interim Fellowship Training Director

Business Phone: (352) 265-4357
Business Email:

About Kent T Mathias

My name is Dr. Kent Mathias, and I am an assistant professor in psychiatry and addiction medicine and serve as the inpatient attending physician at the UF Health Psychiatric Hospital addiction unit (West). I received my medical degree from the University of Florida after completing my undergraduate education in Georgia where I was a certified firefighter, EMT and deputy coroner. I completed my psychiatry residency at UF where I served as chief resident and was a departmental representative on several committees for the College of Medicine, including the Admissions and Reaccreditation Committees.

I grew up in a medical family with my father being an otolaryngologist who practiced the majority of his time in a small town in Georgia. I got to see the ripple effects that helping people get healthy had on their family and community, which inspired me to want to be a part of something similar. I continuously find it a rewarding and humbling experience to be part of something bigger than myself. I knew when picking a medical specialty, it had to keep me interested and not algorithmic. Psychiatry, in my opinion, is one of the last medical frontiers that is still being explored from a foundational level. There remains so much to be explored and delineated. It is also a specialty that has major ripple effects, talked about above, when we positively affect someone’s mental health. All in all, it is an extremely rewarding specialty.

It’s important to me that my patients know I treat each one of them like I would a family member and do my best to practice within the guidelines of the latest evidence-based literature. I am currently working on research for toxilogical forensic drug testing.

I have special expertise in treating patients for substance induced psychosis, substance induced mood disorders, mood disorders, alcohol and drug detoxification, medication assisted therapy for opiate and alcohol use disorders, dual diagnosis (mental health and addiction patients) and professional health.

When I’m not working, I enjoy running, traveling and eating good food.


2022 · Gold Humanism Honor Society

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
BMS6813 Intro Clin Med 3
BMS6021 Pain Intensive
PAS5020 Intro to Medicine 2

Board Certifications

  • Florida State Psychiatry License
    Florida Board of Medicine

Clinical Profile

  • Adult Psychiatry
Areas of Interest
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Cocaine intoxication
  • Cocaine withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Marijuana intoxication
  • Methamphetamine overdose
  • Opiate and opioid withdrawal
  • Opioid intoxication
  • Substance use disorder


Pain Predicts Dropout From Substance Use Treatment.
Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs. 85(3):381-388 [DOI] 10.15288/jsad.23-00099. [PMID] 38206669.
Urine and hair drug test results associated with daily consumption of codeine-predominant poppy seed food products.
Journal of analytical toxicology. 48(1):27-36 [DOI] 10.1093/jat/bkad083. [PMID] 37987376.
A Preliminary Analysis of Ontogenetic Changes in Cranial Architecture and Mandibular Geometry During the Larval Development of Dytiscus Carolinus Aube (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Dytiscinae).
Georgia Journal of Science. 70(2):347-354 [DOI] 10.1649/0010-065X-70.2.347.


Jul 2020 ACTIVE
Win-win: A University of Florida model for training addiction medicine fellows and incorporating behavioral healthcare into the primary care of the medically underserved
Role: Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator


Residency, Psychiatry
2020-2023 · University of Florida College of Medicine
Residency, Anesthesia
2016-2018 · Yale New Haven Hospital
Medical Degree
2016 · University of Florida College of Medicine
Bachelor of Science
2011 · Georgia College & State University

Contact Details

(352) 265-4357
Business Mailing:
PO BOX 100256
Dept of PSY
Business Street:
4101 NW 89th Blvd
Gainesville FL 32606