The UMass Depression Center
Leading – with an enlightened approach to treatment
The nationally recognized Depression Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/UMass Memorial Health Care is dedicated to dramatically advancing our understanding and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and related mood disorders. As a leader in the field, the Center takes a progressive, recovery-driven approach to depression based on 1) reducing stigma, and promoting and encouraging treatment; 2) recognizing that recovery needs direct participation by the patient and their family members; and 3) accepting that prescription drugs when appropriate are best viewed as one ingredient of a comprehensive, successful treatment program.
Joining the best: acceptance into the NNDC
In 2011, the center was chosen for membership in the elite National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC), a select group of the country’s leading depression and academic medical centers of mood disorders that also includes Harvard University (Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital), the Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.
Today the UMass Depression Center, based in Worcester, Mass., and anchored in the UMass Department of Psychiatry, is providing excellent teaching, education and clinical care through evidence-based psychiatric treatment and the use of validated, research-based diagnostics and symptom-rating techniques.
Distinguishing Center Characteristics
- The ability to leverage the best attributes and advantages of an expansive clinical care system
- Twenty-seven faculty experts in depression and bipolar disorders from across multiple departments at the university, including Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Community Health, Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, the School of Nursing, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- Distinction in all age groups in integrating mood disorders treatment and research in mental health and non-traditional mental health settings (primary care, pediatrics, emergency medicine, OB/GYN)
- Comprehensive outpatient psychiatric consultations tailored to address questions that arise during treatment
- Referral services including psychopharmacology interventions; extensive individualized patient and family education around diagnosis, treatment and preventive care; and psychotherapies