The Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to the treatment of patients, education of learners and research into behavioral health conditions. The department provides a full array of services, including inpatient care at the Missouri Psychiatric Center, 24/7 emergency and hospital consultative services and outpatient adult and child clinics.
Our team of nearly 100 faculty and staff continues to grow to meet the needs of kids and adults in Missouri and beyond. As an academic health system, we are actively engaged in research and use evidence-based best practices as both educators and clinicians, helping to advance the current standard of care in our community and our state, and teaching the next generation of psychiatrists to do the same.
The department’s research efforts and clinical trials support our mission to better understand psychiatric illnesses and improve care. This includes the study and application of interventional psychiatry, an emerging form of treatment that safely alters electrical signals in the brain using devices or medication.
The department’s ongoing commitment to improving access to behavioral health services goes beyond the expansion of our psychiatry residency. Our experts use tele-psychiatry to provide timely and cost-effective care and connect with our community locally and across the state through partnerships including Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project and the Center for Excellence in Child Well-Being. Our adult assessment is the only one of its kind in the region and will soon be joined by a pediatric assessment unit.
Our department directs the pre-clinical IPC Block 6, dedicated to neurosciences, and includes members of other departments such as neurology and family medicine. Psychiatry is a six-week core clinical clerkship for medical students and offers electives for senior medical students. Medical students can work with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The department’s general adult residency is filled with top candidates, many of whom practice in-state after graduation. The department also educates fellows in programs dedicated to child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.