Our Pathbreaking Work and Tradition of Service

Sheldon Benjamin, MDWith 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.

Sheldon Benjamin, MD
Professor and Interim Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center

Latest Psychiatry Department News

When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem
UMassMed Study Referenced in NY Times Article

It's perfectly normal for someone to feel anxious or depressed after receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness. But what if the reverse occurs and symptoms of anxiety or depression masquerade as an as-yet undiagnosed physical disorder? Read The New York Times article.
UMass Researcher Turns Idea Into a Nationally Recognized Program
During her psychosomatic medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Nancy Byatt, D.O., M.B.A., had the opportunity to work as a perinatal psychiatrist at an obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) clinic.
As she learned first-hand just how common depression is among new and expectant mothers, she found herself questioning how psychiatrists could ever effectively handle the burden. Read the story in the May 30 Psychiatric News.
Boudreaux Study: Suicide screening, interventions in emergency department can save lives
A new study finds that a combination of brief interventions administered during and after an emergency department visit can decrease suicidal behavior among at-risk patients following the emergency room visit. The findings, published in JAMA Psychiatry, are the result of a clinical trial conducted in eight hospitals by the Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE) study. Co-led by principal investigators Edwin Boudreaux, PhD, of UMass Medical School; Ivan Miller, PhD, of Brown University; and Carlos Camargo Jr, MD, DrPH, of Harvard University, ED-SAFE is a multisite study funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health aimed at improving suicide prevention in hospital emergency department patients. Read more

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