Our Pathbreaking Work and Tradition of Service
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
UMMS neuroscientist points at new target to help smokers quit
Andrew R. Tapper, PhD, and colleagues have identified the region of the brain in which nicotine withdrawal symptoms originate. “We were surprised to find that one population of neurons within a single brain region could actually control physical nicotine withdrawal behaviors,” said Dr. Tapper, associate professor of psychiatry and interim director of the Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute at UMMS. Read more…
UMass Department of Psychiatry is happy to announce that the first Psychiatric Patient and Family Advisory Council has been formed at UMass Medical Center. This council is the first in a large hospital setting throughout Massachusetts and is intended to be robust in their efforts to bring patient and family perspectives to the organization and delivery of care here. The council will identify issues of concern, review policy and procedures, participate in quality improvement and initiatives, provide input on policy and staff development work, and partner in advocacy efforts for our services. (click image for full size view)
The American College of Psychiatrists has selected Mirjana Jojic, MD, 4th year adult program resident and Chief Resident in Psychosomatic Medicine, as a 2014 Laughlin Fellow recipient. Each year, The College selects ten residents deemed most likely to make a significant future contribution to the field of psychiatry. The Fellowship program was launched in 1976 to recognize outstanding accomplishments by psychiatry residents in the United States and Canada.
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