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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department Overview

BB1644 Health Sciences

The department offers coursework, clinical training, and research opportunities for undergraduate students, medical students, graduate physicians, and graduate students in allied health programs such as psychology, social work, and psychiatric nursing.

A biobehavioral approach is emphasized, which incorporates intrapersonal, interpersonal, and sociocultural factors. Intrapersonal factors include emotion, perception, cognition, psychodynamics, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, genetics, and the developmental and aging processes. Interpersonal factors focus upon dyadic, familial, and group interactions. Sociocultural factors include the cultural, social, institutional, and community systems as well as the environment and epidemiology of health and disease.

Graduate Program

The Medical School curriculum is divided into a core (basic) curriculum and an elective curriculum. Within its core curriculum the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers material covering learning theory, cognition, memory, perception, neuropharmacology, social growth and development, epidemiology of health and disease, psychopathology, psychotherapy, and neuropsychiatry and behavioral medicine, as well as training in interviewing skills and assessment techniques. Its elective program includes a variety of clinical experiences and advanced didactics and seminars designed to further the knowledge and skills developed within the basic curriculum. In addition, the department encourages research and other scholarly pursuits by students in areas of interest to them. Stipends are available for research studies.

Residency Training in Psychiatry

A four-year residency for medical school graduates and a three-year post-internship residency prepares physicians for Specialty Board Certification in Psychiatry. Clinical rotations on inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and consultation/liaison services are augmented by individual supervision and didactic lectures. With the program's integrative orientation, residents become proficient in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and community liaison with patients of all ages. Fellowships in child, geriatric, addiction, community, forensic and consultation-liaison psychiatry, and psychiatric neuroscience are available.

Clinical Psychology Internship Program

The one-year internship in clinical psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association, offers advanced clinical training to candidates for the doctorate in clinical psychology from graduate programs accredited by the American Psychological Association. Training tracks with the internship in general adult, general child, rehabilitation and health psychology, and public behavioral health and justice policy (adult and child). Advanced research skills training is also available as part of an INH-funded training grant for selected internship participants.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Training

Postdoctoral fellowships for advanced clinical and research training in behavioral medicine, broadly construed, are also offered.