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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota strives to fulfill the tripartite mission of the Medical School: excellence in teaching, research, and clinical service.

Our mission is to:

  • Create and disseminate new knowledge in the science of mental health
  • Provide effective and innovative clinical care programs to alleviate the suffering of mental illness
  • Train the next generation of experts who will be leaders in Minnesota and beyond
  • Engage in compassionate and vigorous outreach and advocacy on issues relevant to psychiatric illness, treatment, and research

To fulfill this mission, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers courses and clerkships all four years of the Medical School, including a valuable third-year clerkship where medical students work directly with patients suffering from mental illnesses. Furthermore, the department offers a General Psychiatry Residency, a Child and Adolescent Fellowship, a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, and Fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Recently, the department embarked on a new direction, with the creation of a new Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship.

In order to become preeminent in psychiatry research, the department has recently focused its efforts in three areas that are thought to provide the greatest potential for discovery in psychiatry – brain imaging, genetics, and applied clinical research. Secondly, the department now collaborates extensively with the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) and the Domenici Brain Science Center at the Minneapolis VA to conduct clinical research utilizing state-of-the-art imaging techniques. Thirdly, research on genetic variables are woven into a number of our current studies, ranging from the genetic basis of smoking to genetic correlates of biologic measures in schizophrenia. 

Clinically, the department has expanded its inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services in recent years to accommodate the high demand for mental health services in the Twin Cities region. In addition to improving access to the Department of Psychiatry’s clinical services, the department has created new specialized programs to assist patients and their families who suffer from significant illnesses. New programs in schizophrenia, impulsive behaviors (e.g., borderline personality disorder and pathological gambling), and eating disorders are part of the new armamentarium.  

Again, welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences website. We hope you will enjoy learning about the activities in the department and find our efforts to be of interest.