Psychiatry

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    About Us

    The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa is made up of more than 80 full-time faculty members who provide national and international leadership on a range of psychiatric disorders and disciplines including aging disorders and dementias, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, epidemiology, genetics, health services, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, consultation-liaison psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, medical psychiatry, and telepsychiatry.

    Our diverse and talented faculty members lend themselves to the many roles of an academic medical center, and do so wholeheartedly.

    As teachers, our faculty members are dedicated to training the next generation of leaders in psychiatric care and research. In the last five years, we’ve doubled the number of elective clerkships offered to medical students, and this year, the required clerkship was the second most highly rated among medical students. Donald Black, MD, author of the leading textbook of psychiatry for medical students and recent recipient of an award for teaching excellence from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, leads our highly regarded residency program. Moreover, our combined training in family medicine-psychiatry and internal medicine-psychiatry provides residents with unique opportunities to participate in the integration of medicine and psychiatry in our health care system.

    As investigators, our faculty members are highly productive. The department is currently ranked #18 in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding, has dozens of research initiatives in progress, and publishes more than 150 scientific papers annually. From dyslexia to schizophrenia, electroconvulsive therapy to telepsychiatry, genetics to neuroimaging, we’ve made significant contributions to the field and our research continues to be cutting edge.

    As clinicians, our faculty members are committed to delivering expert care and support to children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and University of Iowa Children's Hospital are designated by US News & World Report as one of "America's Best Hospitals" and "Best Children's Hospitals," respectively. Our 15-bed medical psychiatry unit, for example, is one of only a few inpatient units in the nation that simultaneously treats individuals in need of medical and psychiatric care.

    It is the combination of these three facets that makes the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa an exciting place to work and train.

    Strong Tradition, Strong Future

    The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa has a tradition of excellence in research and the treatment of major mental illness. With a long history that includes major breakthroughs in the field and seminal studies, the department continues to push the field forward. Watch a short video about the department: