Advancing Science

The department's world-class faculty are defining new approaches to treatment and prevention, seeking to cure psychiatric disorders and to foster overall health, wellbeing, and resilience.

Operational phases of translational research in greater detail (T0–T4).  Copyright: Nature Medicine

One in four individuals will suffer from mental illness during their lives. In terms of individual and societal costs, the burden of mental illness greatly exceeds that of any other class of illness.

At Stanford, the future is now. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences sits at the nexus of discovery and innovation. We embrace the dynamic nature of the Silicon Valley and our place in this environment. We constantly challenge ourselves to be at the forefront of high-impact, multidisciplinary development to foster and improve the health and wellbeing of persons living with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disorders, and addiction. It is only through the continual process of exploration, evaluation, and refinement that we can provide best-in class treatments and options for those who need them the most. We thrive in this fast-paced environment and derive strength from it.

We work with rapid and focused movement along this translational science and clinical research model in order to accelerate discovery, innovate dissemination and implementation, and coordinate these efforts across the five mission areas of our Department, selecting points of maximal influence for strategic impact to the populations and communities we serve.

Researchers in our department are transforming mental health research and mental illness treatment globally. We are driving some of the most exciting advances in neuroscience and psychiatry achieving a global influence through discovery, innovation, translation, and implementation.

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