Dr. Jay Butterman was born and raised in New York where he attended college at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. Butterman graduated with a bachelor of science in biochemistry, and went on to medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine on a Health Professions Scholarship from the military. He completed his residency at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and a sub-fellowship in psychopharmacology.

His past experience includes psychiatry residency training director and director of psychiatric research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in addition to private practice and working with the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS). He held positions with increasing scope and scale at the behavioral health arm of Health Net (now Centene).

Dr. Butterman currently serves as the behavioral health chief medical officer for Centene in North Texas, where he resides with his wife and family.

His interests have been deeply rooted in the overlap and close relationship of physical and behavioral health genetics and physiology along with the epigenetic effects of stress and trauma on the expression of both.