Welcome to the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Orygen and The Jed Foundation Launch #chatsafe in the U.S., First Evidence-Based Guidelines to Help Young People Talk Safely Online About Suicide

Can AI improve access to mental health care? Possibly, Stanford psychologist says

Running Makes My Stress Melt Away, So I Asked a Doctor If There’s Actually a Link

CPAP brings longer life for obese people with sleep apnea: Study

Thursday, April 25

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: "Experimental Approaches (including TMS) to Repetitive Behaviors Across the Lifespan” featuring Eric Hollander, MD

Monday, April 29

Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuroscience Grand Rounds: "Mental Health and Aging Research at the University of Bergen" featuring Prof. Helge Molde and Prof. Per-Einar Binder

Wednesday, May 1

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Hypnosis, pain management, and mental health interventions: using technology to expand our reach" featuring Jody Thomas, 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