A Message from Our Chair

“Not only is our department strong, vibrant and growing, our medical center is unique in its commitment to kindhearted, state-of-the-art care. Psychiatry is a valued and admired department, and that well-deserved respect comes not only from the work of our faculty, but also from the outstanding contributions of our residents.” Robert Findling, M.D., M.B.A.

Learn more about our department
A Message from Our Chair A Message from Our Chair
VCU Psychiatry: Welcome from the Chair

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

mental health month

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

This year NAMI is launching the “More than Enough” awareness campaign to uplift and empower the mental health community. The goal is to affirm that everyone is inherently worthy of life, love and healing-no matter what they look like, no matter where they are in their journeys and no matter what they are or are not able to do.

Learn More...

Dr. Antonia Swink Leading the Geriatric Psychiatry Program

dr swink article

Dr. Antonia Swink Leading the Geriatric Psychiatry Program

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2030 one in six people will be age 60 or older. That segment of the global population is expected to further double by 2050. Sometimes called the graying of America here in the US, every community must work to adapt to the increased proportion of elderly members.  

VCU Psychiatry is embracing the challenge with the Geriatric Psychiatry Program spearheaded by Assistant Professor Dr. Antonia Swink. 


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are proud to treat a diverse population of patients in Central Virginia, many of whom are critically ill and from historically disadvantaged groups. The Department of Psychiatry reaffirms the core values of human dignity and of mutual, unconditional respect, and we acknowledge our responsibility to condemn racism and all forms of discrimination. Members of our leadership team, faculty and staff serve on various DEI committees. 

Learn More About our Commitment to DEI

Education and Training Programs


Our robust residency program provides comprehensive training across the broad, rewarding field of psychiatry. With a supportive learning environment, unparalleled access to highly specialized mentors and a diverse patient population, we are proud to prepare the next generation of physicians for fulfilling careers as psychiatrists.

Learn more about the program ⟶


The Department of Psychiatry offers highly specialized training in three post-residency fellowships. Each accredited program provides comprehensive clinical, research and leadership opportunities to prepare fellows for successful careers in academic or private practice.

Other Training Programs

Other Training Programs We also offer pre-clinical and postdoctoral training in clinical psychology, field placements for graduate students at the VCU School of Social Work and a week-long summer program for medical students interested in the field of psychiatry.


Divisions, Institutes and Centers

Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics

The VIPBG is an interdisciplinary institute bringing together faculty devoted to understanding the etiology of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and other major biomedical conditions with substantial behavioral components using a range of genetically informed methods.

Learn more about the institute ⟶

800 Leigh Street

Center for Human-Animal Interaction

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improved health and well-being through interaction with companion animals. Our interdisciplinary clinical, research and educational programs are made possible by the generosity of our supporters and volunteers.

Learn more about the center ⟶

Cute Therapy Dog with human

VCU Psychiatry Ranked 14th in Nation for Funding

blue ridge

VCU Psychiatry Ranked 14th in Nation for Funding

The VCU Department of Psychiatry ranked 14th in the nation for NIH funding in 2023, as compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research


Dr. Kendler Reaches #1 Rank

news - Kendler

Dr. Kendler Reaches #1 Rank

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Kendler on achieving the Number 1 lifetime ranking among all scholars worldwide in Psychiatry!

Dr. Kendler on ScholarGPS

Dr. Gerry Moeller, MD, Featured in NEXT Article

fentanyl article

Dr. Gerry Moeller, MD, Featured in NEXT Article

Psychiatrist and addiction expert F. Gerard "Gerry" Moeller, M.D., was recently featured in a NEXT article published by the MCV Foundation regarding Fentanyl overdose.

"Fentanyl is really potent so if you're not tolerant to opioids, it's very easy to overdose," Dr. Moeller said. "Fentanyl can be put into other things in really small amounts and have a big effect."