Our Pathbreaking Work and Tradition of Service
With our clinical work, education programs and world-class research on the nature and causes of mental illness – from addiction and schizophrenia to autism spectrum disorders – the UMass Department of Psychiatry is helping individuals and families transform their lives. We are proud of our accomplishments and pleased to be a part of the nationally ranked University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care system.
- The department's "bench to bedside" and "bedside to community" research focuses on treatment and prevention.
- Our training programs and approach to mentoring promote excellence in teaching for future mental health care practitioners.
- Our products and services reach across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and, now, are found in numerous sites internationally.
- Our more than 300 faculty and 2,000 staff members work in many settings within the Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, the public sector, and the community at large.
Douglas M. Ziedonis MD, MPH
Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry
Latest Psychiatry Department News
Mark your calendars and save the date. The Public Sector Psychiatry Conference, "Mitigating the Risk of..," will be held on June 19, 2013 in the Medical School building in Worcester, Mass. Planning is underway and full details including registration information can be found on the conference web page.
Benjamin connects memory and mentoring at Educational Recognition Awards
Sheldon Benjamin, MD, delivered the Last Lecture called “On Mentorship and Memory.” His lecture interspersed accounts of his own mentors with insights in to how the brain remembers, how memory serves us and why the memory of mentors are so powerful. Read the article and watch the video of the lecture.
Antidepressants and Pregnancy article in Psychiatric Times
Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, assistant professor of psychiatry and obstetrics & gynecology at UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center, told Psychiatric Times that conflicting data have led to major controversies regarding antidepressant use during pregnancy. To help providers “understand the risks and benefits of using antidepressants during pregnancy and apply that knowledge to enhance clinical care,” she and colleagues conducted an extensive review of the literature between 1966 and 2012. Read the article.
Benjamin becomes ANPA President
Sheldon Benjamin, MD, Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was installed as President of the American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA) during its annual meeting held in Boston April 3-6. Read more.
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