Special Initiatives in the Department
The Belonging Project at Stanford
A sense of belonging is deeply important to emotional health and personal wellbeing. Individuals develop a sense of belonging when they feel that they are part of a larger community that they believe in - a community that welcomes them, a community that respects and represents their values, and a community that helps them to fulfill their aspirations. For more information, check out The Belonging Project at Stanford page.
CNI-X and CNR-X
The Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University is an intensive week long summer program following the sophomore, junior, or senior years in high school. Students are introduced to the amazing breadth of research found in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
During the summer of 2017, we are launching a similar program for international students, called Clinical Neuroscience & Research Experience (CNR-X) International.
Our mission in Forensic Psychiatry is to provide you with the highest level of ethical, comprehensive, unbiased, and evidence-based forensic assessments possible.
Lyme Disease Working Group
Our Lyme Disease Working Group is interested in developing more accurate diagnostic tests, improving medical understanding of the course of illness, evaluating the effectiveness of innovative therapies, expanding clinical services, and building greater knowledge and awareness of how to prevent illness. Participating colleagues represent biochemistry, biomedical informatics, biomaterials and advanced drug delivery, cardiovascular medicine, community ecology of wildlife disease, genetics, infectious disease, pediatrics, pain management, microbiology/immunology, neurology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and rheumatology/immunology. Basing this effort at Stanford University will build upon the advantages of working within an institution that strongly supports academic freedom while also encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration.
Mental wellbeing is fundamental to human health. The biomedical revolution, led by Stanford Medicine, will change the trajectory and impact of the biomedical sciences through precision health, for individuals and for populations. Precision psychiatry is part of this revolution. For more information, please visit our Precision Psychiatry initiative.
Stanford WellConnect is a confidential mental health referral and consultation for residents and fellows. There are times when stressors can get in the way of balancing the demands of professional and personal life, and without help, problems can intensify, having an effect on emotional and physical well-being and professional success. Although emotional distress often manifests in obvious ways, the symptoms of many psychological problems can be subtle. We are here to help.
Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing recognizes that we are in the midst of a national public health crisis among US youth and is committed to spearheading a new national vision for adolescent and young adult wellness and mental health support. By creating an innovative health system, and a new culture of health for the adolescent and young adult population, Stanford hopes to create a model for the country in how to better support our young people to navigate the transition to adulthood and realize their full potential as adults.
Humanities and Medicine: Growing the Heart and Mind of Medicine
Medicine is the most human of the sciences. The physician-patient relationship is at the heart of medical practice. Evidence suggests that clinical outcomes, satisfaction (for both patients and physicians), and costs are negatively affected when the human side of medicine is neglected, marginalized, or otherwise disregarded. In the busy world of medicine, it is easy to avoid self-reflection in the service of expediency, but the potential costs are high. The Humanities and Medicine Initiative focuses on the academic and clinical interface between medicine and humanities at Stanford.
The headspace model creates stand-alone, integrated care sites for young people ages 12-25 to access early mental health supports, along with school support and web-based connectivity. Stanford Psychiatry's Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing is leading the effort to bring the headspace model to the US by building a community-academic partnership that has the potential to develop a nationally replicable model for supporting adolescent and young adult mental health with an early intervention infrastructure that does not currently exist.
Reimagining Mental Healthcare
“Reimagining Mental Healthcare” challenges us to put aside what we know about mental healthcare and to start from scratch – to reimagine mental healthcare.
This special initiative of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences seeks to dream into the future of mental healthcare. Participants bring to bear on this task theories, tools, and expertise from fields outside mental healthcare – in particular, from information technology, design thinking, and implementation science.
Brainstorm: The Stanford Laboratory for Entrepreneurship in Mental Health and Wellbeing is a special initiative of the Chair aimed at accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship in mental health and wellbeing. Our mission is to create practical solutions that improve outcomes in health and opportunity for all. We foster innovation that reflects our core values - effective, measurable, collaborative, sustainable, and affordable. Our vision is build a multi-site community that works together to transform healthcare by turning idealism into impact.