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Smoking, Tobacco, and Health

The 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s first report on smoking and health is cause for renewing efforts against smoking and tobacco.

Ziedonis Woodward

January 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s first comprehensive report on the dangers of smoking and tobacco, a landmark document that signaled the start of the nation’s public health campaign against tobacco and its health consequences.
Since that first effort in 1964, thirty-six additional reports on tobacco from the Surgeon General have followed, testifying to the topic’s critical importance. Many have focused on children, women, second-hand smoke, and specific conditions such as heart and lung disease, cancer, and nicotine addiction.
The connection between tobacco – cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and second-hand smoke – and disease is clear, convincing, and undeniable.  Read more...

Our Pathbreaking Work and Tradition of Service

D Ziedonis

With our clinical work, education programs and world-class research on the nature and causes of mental illness – from addiction and schizophrenia to autism spectrum disorders – the UMass Department of Psychiatry is helping individuals and families transform their lives. We are proud of our accomplishments and pleased to be a part of the nationally ranked University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care system.

  • The department's "bench to bedside" and "bedside to community" research focuses on treatment and prevention.
  • Our training programs and approach to mentoring promote excellence in teaching for future mental health care practitioners.
  • Our products and services reach across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and, now, are found in numerous sites internationally.
  • Our more than 300 faculty and 2,000 staff members work in many settings within the Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, the public sector, and the community at large.

Douglas M. Ziedonis MD, MPH
Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry

Latest Psychiatry Department News

June 18

Registration is now open!  2014 Public Sector Psychiatry Conference - Healing Communities - to be held June 18, UMass Medical School University Campus.
Click here for conference information and registration...

Autism Thumb

UMass Medical School ‘lights it up blue’ for autism awareness
Parents, children, friends, community members, and professionals gathered to celebrate autism awareness and acceptance at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care’s Light it Up Blue observation of International Autism Awareness Day on April 2.  Read more...

Stephanie Rodrigues

Just a smile might save a life
Dr. Stephanie Rodrigues, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the UMass Medical School who researches the stigma around mental-health issues, spoke at the March 27 Mental Health Awareness Conference at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner, MA. Kevin Hines, keynote speaker, said people can save others from suicide just by smiling at them. Read the article in the Sentinel & Enterprise News.

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