Our aim is to enable great science, prepare exceptional people, and inspire an engaged society to create a better future for all whose lives are affected by mental illness.

- Laura Roberts, MD, MA, Chair

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Stanford Medicine has a great tradition of fundamental science, translational and clinical research, subspecialty expertise, multidisciplinary education, and influential leadership. Our faculty members are highly accomplished scientists, master clinicians, teachers, and community engaged leaders with transformative impact across many disciplines of science, medicine, and health policy.

Advancing truly transformative science of significance to human health, now and in the future, is Stanford Medicine’s most important role throughout the world. The capacity of our department to conduct great science and to connect this creative and influential work with our other academic missions is what distinguishes us and continues to inspire us.

The overarching aim of creating a better future is predicated on our shared pursuit of discovery across the basic, translational, clinical, and population sciences. This aim is also predicated on our collaborative efforts to translate new knowledge in our training of scientists and expert clinicians, in supporting the careers of outstanding faculty and learners, and in addressing the needs of communities, local and global. Together we have established a great modern academic department, integrating and accelerating our five missions:

Upcoming Events & Latest News

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Dialogue: The JUUL Phenomenon, Promotion, and Patterns of Use" with Robert K. Jackler, MD and Judith J. Prochaska, PhD, MPH, with hypothetical case by Dexter Louie, MD


Friday, January 31, 2020

YogaX, The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the Confidential Support Team present: Yoga for Self-Care (open to Stanford students only)


Saturday, February 1, 2020

YogaX presents: Applied Adaptive Holistic Yoga


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Autism and the Genetics of Cortical Development; Insights from Tbr1 Mutant Mice" with John Rubenstein, MD, PhD


Our department is inspired. We are a community dedicated to transformational change and social good. Each of us, whether faculty, learner, or staff, is passionate about our work because we recognize its vital importance to humanity -- to all of our health and futures.


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