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, December 12, 2019

Psychiatry Grand Rounds: “Social Justice and Mental Health: Achieving Mental Health Equity” with Ruth S. Shim, MD, MPH


Saturday, December 14, 2019

YogaX Foundations of Yoga: Theory and Practice of the Eight Limbs


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "CBD: Cannabidiol in Psychiatry and Neurology” with Anna Lembke, MD, Kimford J. Meador, MD, FAAN, FAES, FRCPE, and Dexter Louie, MD


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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