More than 21,000 patients are served annually through these programs.  The division serves as a core training site for M-II through M-IV medical students,psychiatry residents, nursing students and graduate/post graduate trainees in social work and pharmacy. About 50 M-III students rotate through the inpatient psychiatry units at VCU Medical Center

Inpatient Services

Each team operates with a physician- directed team involving psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, consultants and resources appropriate for working with their specific patient population. In 2013, the team was presented a Beacon Award for Excellence, the first Psychiatry unit in the nation to receive the prestigious recognition. 

Typical services include:
  • • Psychological, neuropsychological and psychosocial evaluations
  • • Conventional pharmacotherapy and complex psychopharmacology
  • • Computer Tomographic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • • Individual, marital, family and group psychotherapy
  • • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • • Occupational therapy and therapeutic recreation
  • • Behavior therapy
  • • Self -help groups (NA,CA,AA)
  • • Nutrition assessments.

Other services and consultations are obtained as needed for individual patient needs.


Other Services

Medical Psychiatry

This team brings together the extensive resources of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System to specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with psychiatric disorders with complex combinations of medical and psychiatric illnesses. Referral Reasons:

  • Patients with neurobehavioral syndromes
  • Sleep disorders
  • Mood disorders or psychoses in the medically ill
  • Illnesses requiring psychotropic medications where concurrent medical illness requires caution, special treatment, or monitoring
Geriatric Psychiatry

This program brings together the extensive resources of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System to evaluate and treat elderly patients with a variety of psychiatric illnesses. Referral Reasons:

  • Patients with mental health disorders resulting from medical co-morbidity (medical illnesses causing or contributing to psychiatric disorders)
  • Mood disorders, including depression and bipolar illness
  • Aggressive behaviors in Alzheimer's patients
  • Psychoses
  • Neurobehavioral disorders
For more information about these services, visit the Geriatric Psychiatry page.
Mood Disorders

Our team specializes in the treatment of patients with affective disorders, major depression (unipolar) and manic-depressive illness (bipolar). Referral Reasons:

  • Patients with severe depression, not able to live safely in the community
  • Patients whose depression is unresponsive to outpatient therapy and medication trials
  • Patients whose bipolar disorder is severe or unresponsive to outpatient treatment
  • Patients at high risk for suicide Patients with mood and/or psychotic symptoms whose diagnosis is unclear.

The Department of Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is a nationally recognized center for the rapidly changing knowledge base in schizophrenia research. This program brings together the extensive resources of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System to evaluate and treat patients with severe psychotic illness. Referral Reasons:

  • Patients with active psychosis, including hearing voices, behaving in a strange manner, not in touch with reality, or demonstrating aberrant belief systems; first-episode psychotic behaviors
  • Polypharmacy and complications such as Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome and Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Experiencing an acute change in overall functioning with an exacerbation of psychotic symptoms
  • Diagnostic dilemmas, patients where careful monitoring and /or alteration in medication regimens is required