Welcome to the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Then There's California - CA State Senate Jim Beall (ep. 7)

It’s the late, late, late show at the Australian Open

Why the price of pot matters to us all: How to improve on Cuomo's legalization framework

Why dining with friends makes you eat less: You're less interested in the food on your plate

Wednesday, January 23

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "PANDAS & PANS: Moving beyond the controversy to providing competent care" featuring Susan Swedo, MD

Thursday, January 24

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: "High society: Deconstructing the neurobiology of addiction towards treatment interventions" featuring Yasmin Hurd, PhD

Thursday, January 31

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: “Self defeating patterns: revisiting Jonestown” featuring Domenico Nesci, 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