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

Mindful Physician Leadership Program
Join a community of physician leaders in learning Mindful Approaches to Leadership, Clinical Practice, and Life. Applications due June 30, 2014. For more information, click here.
SPARC new name for mental health services research unit - 'evolutionary changes in the field of mental health'
The UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry has announced that Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center, or SPARC, is the new name for what was previously called the Center for Mental Health Services Research. Read the story in the June 16 UMassMedNow.
Kelly Hurley, Autism Resource Specialist in the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) in Child Psychiatry, was recognized by the Autism Insurance Resource Center for her exemplary commitment in assisting families to acquire supplemental insurance which allows children with autism to secure additional supports and services.

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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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