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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

 “Know Your Value” event December 1 in San Francisco

New Proof Surfaces That Family Separation Was About Deterrence and Punishment

U.S. life expectancy declines again, a dismal trend not seen since World War I

How brain injuries deprive people of a sense of free will

Thursday, December 13

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: "Learning Health Systems for Optimized Care and Real-World Research Discovery and Innovation" featuring Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

Thursday, December 20

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: "Dialogue: The Goldwater Rule: Should Psychiatrists Discuss the Mental Health of Public Figures?" featuring Joseph Bankman, JD, PsyD and Nathaniel P. Morris, MD

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.  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