Educational Excellence

Educational excellence is an essential mission of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  We are committed to nurturing the development of each of our learners through personalized education - an approach that fosters independent thinking and the pursuit of specialized interests.  We are also committed to nurturing leaders - individuals whose work will bring about transformative change in our society through their influence and impact.

Our department engages with 1800 learners each year, ranging from students in high school to clinicians in practice.  We offer learners individual mentoring across a range of disciplines, including the clinical neurosciences, psychiatry, psychology, and other behavioral sciences, and strive to be an inclusive, supportive, and open-minded learning community.  Interprofessional and transdisciplinary collaborations between the Department and all of the Schools of Stanford University (e.g., Business, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Sciences, Law) are promoted by being located on the same campus.  

Ours is a personalized and inclusive model of education.  In keeping with the culture of Stanford University, we seek to foster individualism and innovation in supporting our learners to advance as leaders, engaged in critical thinking and creativity and bringing about transformative change in society.            

- Alan K. Louie, MD Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Education

Educational Programs

Medical School

Research Training


Baccalaureate level courses in Stanford Bulletin's Explore Courses

High School

Clinical Neuroscience Internship Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University