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
Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry

Latest Psychiatry Department News

The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has chosen the UMass Medical Department of Psychiatry to receive the Outstanding Organization of the Year Award during Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents' Day at the State House on April 14, 2015. This award is given in recognition of the department's commitment to conducting research through Deaf and Deaf-competent clinical researchers and through its work to address the significant behavioral health disparities experienced by Deaf people in Massachusetts and beyond. Read more about the Department of Psychiatry of UMass Medical School / UMass Memorial Health Care Deaf Behavioral Health Team here.
UMass Medical School to 'Light it Up Blue' for autism awareness
At 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, the Cube in the Albert Sherman Center will take on a blue glow as UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care "Light it Up Blue" as part of the international Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue observation for autism awareness and acceptance. Read the UMassMed Now article.
Food for Thought Seminar
Join us for an introductory workshop sponsored by the UMass Department of Psychiatry and the Food Addiction Institute. A seminar, for people who think they may be addicted to food, to explore the complicated role food plays in our lives. Come to learn if your food issues could be helped with this treatment approach. More information here...

More in the news...


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. 


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.