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

Jean Frazier named director of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMMS
Child and adolescent psychiatry leader Jean A Frazier, MD, has been named the director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMMS, a new program that brings together three entities—the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopmental Initiative (CANDI), the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) and the former Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Developmental Disabilities. Read the article in UMassMed Now.
Faculty Scholar Award Winner
The recipient of the May 2015 UMMS Faculty Scholar Award, Dr. Wendy Marsh, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Bipolar Disorders Specialty Clinic was recently selected from a pool of competitive applications. The goal of the award is to assist faculty by providing funds to continue research and scholarly efforts while managing a finite period of increased family care responsibilities. Read more.
New mothers getting help for postpartum depression through new state program led by UMMS
A new, state-funded program led by UMass Medical School is helping new mothers suffering from post-partum depression get the help they need, according to a WCVB-TV report. Read the article in UMassMed Now.

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Can a genetic test help predict which antidepressant will be most effective?

Clinical trial seeks to reduce trial-and-error prescribing for patients with depression. 


By Sandra Gray
UMass Medical School Communications
Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental illness, and antidepressants are the most frequently prescribed treatments for it. But with dozens of medications to choose from, and with individuals responding better to some drugs than to others—possibly due to genetic differences that affect how the medications are metabolized and how they act on the brain—patients must often try several medications before finding one that is most effective.

"It's a lot of trial and error even for those of us who are experts, and most antidepressants are prescribed by primary care physicians, not psychiatrists," said UMass Medical School psychiatrist Anthony Rothschild, MD, the Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Chair in Psychiatry, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Psychopharmacologic Research and Treatment at UMMS.
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