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

Sustaining the legacy of late chancellor emeritus Aaron Lazare
Members of the UMass Medical School community gathered on Friday, Sept. 11, to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Aaron Lazare, MD, chancellor emeritus of UMass Medical School, at a tribute held in his honor. Creation of The Aaron Lazare Award for Psychiatry and the Aaron Lazare, MD, Memorial Student Education Fund were announced at the event. Read more.
September is National Recovery Month!
Every September, SAMHSA recognizes the achievements of the recovery community through National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month is a national observance to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. To learn more about Recovery Month, please visit SAMHSA's website here.
The 2nd Annual Food Addiction Conference is a one-day conference that will bring together physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians, mental health counselors and others to learn different methods to screen/assess for food addiction, and treatment interventions for people that are addicted to one or more foods.  Conference will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015, at UMass Medical School. Click here for more information.
“Be Mentally Well” Symposium is a one-day symposium for anyone struggling with food issues, their family members and the professionals that work with them directly.  The Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at UMass Medical School. Click here for more information.

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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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