Our Pathbreaking Work and Tradition of Service

D Ziedonis

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

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
The genome of earliest animal with “elementary brain”
University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) researchers, University of Florida (UF) researchers, and their collaborators sequenced the genome of, probably, the earliest animal with a complex nervous system.  Read the story.
A new program and partnership has started between the Hector Reyes House and Quinsigamond Community College.  Recently the Hector Reyes House purchased a property through various grants which will provide catering services to Worcester, but most importantly, will provide job training skills to men suffering from addiction.  They will have an opportunity to continue working at the café or to get another job with a local restaurant once they complete the program.  Read the story in WorcesterMag.

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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.