Welcome to the Boston Medical Center and Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. We provide addiction treatment, emergency psychiatric services, child and adolescent services, adult services, integrated behavioral health services and global and local research programs. Our faculty, clinicians and staff are deeply committed to providing excellent care to the diverse populations served by Boston Medical Center, the Boston Veterans Administration Health System, and our community health center partners.
Our psychiatric programs focus on mitigating the social determinants of health and providing culturally sensitive care, training, and research. Explore our department's outstanding psychiatrists, clinical services, and world-class research and training opportunities below.
Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic
BEST Partnership For Behavioral Health, Racial, And Social Justice
The BEST Partnership aims to improve outcomes for individuals with behavioral health challenges who are involved in the criminal justice system. We partner with the City of Boston, Boston Police Department, various court systems, and others to provide evaluation and treatment programs, with the goals of diverting arrests, reducing incarceration, and fostering recovery.
Boston Services for Trauma and Resources for Families (STAR)
Boston Medical Center Emergency Services Program (BMC ESP)
Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights
The Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) provides mental health services for refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, and survivors of torture, as well as provides connections to resources at BMC and in the community.
Brockton Behavioral Health Center
Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology – Family Support Center
The Family Support Center provides support for families of BMC COVID-19 patients through counseling, activities, and connections to needed services. In addition to support and bereavement groups, clinicians are available seven days a week to provide psychological support to those whose families have been impacted by COVID-19.
Criminal Justice Mental Health Programs
Integrated Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison Service
Psychiatry Emergency Services
Recovery Learning Community and Peer Support Services
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Clinic
Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis (WRAP) Program
Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis (WRAP) Without Walls
Adult Therapists and Clinical Social Workers
Through research, the Department of Psychiatry seeks to advance our understanding of the causes of and risk factors for psychiatric illnesses; to facilitate the development of more effective diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies for a wide array of psychiatric disorders; and to improve the quality and accessibility of our mental health services. We conduct a wide range of research that include:
- basic science
- clinical trials
- implementation science
- health services research
- qualitative and mixed-methods research
- epidemiologic research
- epigenetic research
- community-based participatory research
- biobank initiatives
Our research initiatives encompass a wide variety of specialties, including maternal and child mental health, veterans’ health, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction psychiatry, Alzheimer’s disease, refugee health, global psychiatry, depression, and serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.
We apply a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the complex mental health needs of our patients, in both global and local contexts. We are engaged in research projects in more than 15 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East.
The Global & Local Center for Mental Health Disparities aims to improve the mental health of global communities through clinical, research, and training initiatives. The Center works both locally in Boston and globally to build the capacity of our partners to provide mental health care, conduct research, and build the next generation of mental health professionals, all while ensuring our work is culturally informed.
The Africa Global Mental Health Institute works to equip mental health professionals in Africa with the tools they need to effectively care for those with mental illnesses, through training and education programs, research, and partnerships with key stakeholders.
Residency and Fellowship Information
The Department of Psychiatry is deeply committed to providing education for the next generation of psychiatric and clinical care providers. With our exceptionally diverse patient population and wide array of clinical services and research, we offer a unique place for providers to learn. We provide training opportunities for:
- Medical Students
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
- Pre-Doctoral Psychologists and Post-doctoral Psychologists
- Masters of Social Work and Masters of Mental Health Counseling Candidates
Learn more about the educational programs by clicking on the links above and by visiting the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine website.
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