From providing a site for the largest depression trial ever underwritten by the National Institutes of Health to the development of the first accredited fellowship in the U.S. for training psychiatrists to care for the medically ill, VCU’s is a recognized leader in psychiatric research and education.
That leadership continues on many fronts, including international collaborations to conduct genetic research in 54 hospitals across China, and the entire population of Finland; faculty authorship of essential texts, including Psychiatry Essentials for Primary Care and The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine; the psychiatric education of hundreds of medical students in VCU’s School of Medicine, including special training for post-doctoral psychologists, M.D./Ph.D. candidates and social interns, and much more.
Our faculty sees patients at clinics throughout Virginia for a range of illnesses from mood disorders and psychosis to personality and addictive disorders. Our physicians are leaders in the areas where psychiatry interfaces with primary care, women’s mental health and genetics research.
Other areas of advanced expertise include leading clinics on HIV, Neuropsychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, Geriatric Psychiatry, Transplant and Hepatology at VCU Medical Center, as well as Deep Brain Stimulation and Transcranial Magnetic Simulation (TMS) to treat treatment-resistant depression.
The Children’s Mental Health Resource Center, created jointly with the Department’s division of Child Psychiatry, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and others, eases the navigation of the mental health system for children.