Our Pathbreaking Work and Tradition of Service

D. Ziedonis, MD, MPHWith 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
Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
President, UMass Memorial Behavioral Health Services
Professor, Graduate School of Nursing & Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Latest Psychiatry Department News

16 Things You Need to Know About Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy
Here's what every woman of baby-making age needs to know about taking antidepressants during pregnancy, according to existing data and Nancy Byatt, DO, a physician and associate professor of psychiatry, obstetrics, and gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Read the article in the November 16 Cosmopolitan.
   
UMMS raises flags for National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week
On Wednesday, September 7th, four hundred flags representing the more than 40,000 deaths from suicide annually in the United States were raised at UMass Medical School. Read the story in the September 8 UMassMed Now.
   
New York Times tests online sleep training program developed by UMMS sleep expert
An online cognitive behavioral therapy program for insomnia co-developed by UMass Medical School sleep medicine specialist Gregg Jacobs, PhD, was put to the test by a New York Times Well columnist, who reported on her experience in an Aug. 16 story. Read about it in the August 17 UMassMed Now.

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Can a genetic test help predict which antidepressant will be most effective?

Clinical trial seeks to reduce trial-and-error prescribing for patients with depression. 

Rothschild

By Sandra Gray
UMass Medical School Communications
Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental illness, and antidepressants are the most frequently prescribed treatments for it. But with dozens of medications to choose from, and with individuals responding better to some drugs than to others—possibly due to genetic differences that affect how the medications are metabolized and how they act on the brain—patients must often try several medications before finding one that is most effective.

"It's a lot of trial and error even for those of us who are experts, and most antidepressants are prescribed by primary care physicians, not psychiatrists," said UMass Medical School psychiatrist Anthony Rothschild, MD, the Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Chair in Psychiatry, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Psychopharmacologic Research and Treatment at UMMS.
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