Our Pathbreaking Work and Tradition of Service

D. Ziedonis, MD, MPHWith 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

Food addiction: The missing piece in the obesity epidemic
Mounting evidence indicates that food addiction is a major underlying contributor to the obesity epidemic, and that misdiagnosis and under-treatment of food addiction is a major obstacle to overcoming obesity. "Food addiction is a major part of and cause of the current obesity epidemic and a serious public health threat." Read the October 16 UMassMed Now article.
Food Addiction Be Mentally Well lecture series, "Addressing the Challenge of Obesity - Bariatric Surgery, Behavioral Health and Food Addiction: Treatment Challenges and Strategies" to be held on Tuesday, October 21st, in Amphitheater 1 on the University Campus from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. More information...
1st Annual Food Addiction Conference
“The Missing Piece in Response to the Obesity Epidemic:  Diagnosing and Treating Food Addiction”
Sponsored by the UMass Department of Psychiatry and the Food Addiction Institute
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the UMass Medical School
Registration now open
New Gardner Billboard Highlights "86% of Massachusetts Teens Choose Not to Smoke!"
The Central MA Tobacco Free Community Partnership (a program of the University of Massachusetts' Department of Psychiatry) collaborated with the city of Gardner's Community Action Team (GCAT) to install a tobacco social norming billboard. The GCAT's mission is to increase the health and wellness of the Gardner community by reducing youth substance use, with a focus on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and misuse of prescription medication. Tina Grosowsky, Project Coordinator of the Tobacco Free Community (on right) celebrates the billboard with GCAT members.

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Spotlight

Smoking, Tobacco, and Health

The 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s first report on smoking and health is cause for renewing efforts against smoking and tobacco. 

Ziedonis Woodward

January 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s first comprehensive report on the dangers of smoking and tobacco, a landmark document that signaled the start of the nation’s public health campaign against tobacco and its health consequences.
Since that first effort in 1964, thirty-six additional reports on tobacco from the Surgeon General have followed, testifying to the topic’s critical importance. Many have focused on children, women, second-hand smoke, and specific conditions such as heart and lung disease, cancer, and nicotine addiction.
The connection between tobacco – cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and second-hand smoke – and disease is clear, convincing, and undeniable. 
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