Welcome to the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Do sleep-specific, blue light glasses, actually help you fall asleep?

Do you sleep long hours? Many experts say it’s benign, but others aren’t sure.

After opioids, benzodiazepine use raises concern

Former pediatrics resident will be California’s first surgeon general

Linking narcolepsy to the flu? Researchers make progress identifying molecular mimicry

Thursday, February 14

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: “Driving therapeutic innovation in mood disorders" featuring John Geddes, MD FRCPsych

Thursday, February 21

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: "Smartphone-based Digital Phenotyping " featuring Jukka-Pekka Onnela, D.Sc.

Thursday, February 28

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: “From Introspection to Advocacy: Writing, Medicine, and the Mind” Annual Pegasus Physicians Lecture - featuring Christine Montross, MD

Wednesday, March 6

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Pathways to New Treatments in Autism Spectrum Disorder" featuring Jeremy Vennstra-VanderWeele, 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.  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