Welcome to the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Study finds that routine pediatrician-administered screenings could flag autism earlier than other methods

The long and winding road to mental health care for your kid

Common brain injury in premature babies may be tied to specific cells

Hormone reduces social impairment in kids with autism

Thursday, May 23

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: Resident Scholarly Presentation

Thursday, May 30

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: "Deciphering the complex role of dopamine in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia” featuring Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD 

Wednesday, June 5

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "What kind of refuge? School mental health services and refugee children" featuring Mina Fazel, DM MRCPsych

Monday, June 10

Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuroscience Grand Rounds: "The Alzheimer Time-Course: Biological versus Psychological Markers to Screen for AD, Assess Progression, and Develop Treatments and Prevention" featuring Wes Ashford, MD, PhD

Academic medicine

...is entrusted with improving the health of individuals, communities, and populations.  And in academic psychiatry and the behavioral sciences, we have a special responsibility to advance understanding of the nature of the brain and of behavior and to explore the role of personal meaning and the therapeutic relationship in human health -- not only to lessen the burden of disease in the world but also to foster wellbeing, resilience and strengths for generations to come.  Together, we have established a great modern academic department, integrating and accelerating our five missions:

  1. Advancing Science
  2. Clinical Innovation and Service
  3. Educational Excellence
  4. Community Engagement and Commitment
  5. Professionalism and Leadership

Our department is inspired.  Our department takes on the hardest problems.  Our department is a community in which we value all people.  Our department makes connections and works shoulder-to-shoulder.  Our department is dedicated to wellbeing: purpose, resilience, and belonging. Every one of us, no matter our circumstance, is touched by the personal and societal impact of mental illness.  The leaders, innovators, and learners of our department understand this.  We envision a better world – a world of improved health and lessened burdens of mental illness.  We imagine a future in which children, adults, and elders lives each day well and encounter life’s inevitable challenges with strength. And we are creating the path to this better future.

Laura Roberts, M.D., M.A.
The Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine