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Our aim is to enable great science, prepare exceptional people, and inspire an engaged society to create a better future for all whose lives are affected by mental illness.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Stanford Medicine has a great tradition of fundamental science, translational and clinical research, subspecialty expertise, multidisciplinary education, and influential leadership. The overarching aim of creating a better future is predicated on our shared pursuit of discovery across the basic, translational, clinical, and population sciences and on our collaborative efforts to translate new knowledge in our training of scientists and expert clinicians, in supporting the careers of outstanding faculty and learners, and in addressing the needs of communities, local and global.

Together we have established a great modern academic department,
integrating and accelerating our five missions:

Advancing Science

We are defining new approaches to treatment and prevention, seeking to cure psychiatric disorders and to foster overall health, wellbeing, and resilience.

Clinical Innovation and Service

We are dedicated to providing outstanding, evidence-based clinical and wellbeing services for individuals of all ages who are living with mental health-related conditions.

Educational Excellence

We are committed to nurturing the development of each of our learners through personalized education - fostering independent thinking, innovative scholarship, and future leadership.

Community Commitment & Engagement

We embrace our community, our neighborhood, and our world.


Leadership & Professionalism

Leadership and professionalism are developed in collaboration with other important missions related to patient care, training, research, and community engagement.

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