Welcome to the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

“Minds Wide Open” Documentary Showcases a Hopeful Future for Brain Science

Ketamine for depression: How the promising antidepressant drug appears to work like an opioid

FDA pushes for development of non-opioid pain medications

The 1968 Democratic Convention, 3D Printed Firearms, Questioning Marijuana Safety

Stanford psychiatrist focuses on mental health needs of Muslims

Friday, October 12

4th Annual Innovations in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: Adult Disorders, Technology, and Provider Wellbeing

Monday, October 15

Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuroscience Grand Rounds: "TBI: Challenges and Implications for Diagnosis and Intervention" featuring Ansgar Furst, PhD

Monday, December 10

Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuroscience Grand Rounds: "Yoga as a Treatment for Chronic Health Conditions" featuring Peter J. Bayley, 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.  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