About Us

Our Psychiatry Department:

Provides exceptional clinical care without exception to patients of all ages and backgrounds using therapeutic modalities most appropriate to the patients’ needs and provided by specialists in the field and by trainees under the supervision of outstanding practitioners and teachers.

  • The major services of the Department of Psychiatry include Emergency Psychiatry Programs, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Adult and Child Outpatient Mental Health Services, Criminal Justice Mental Health Programs, Refugee and Human Rights Services, Victim Assistance and Mental Health Recovery Services, Veteran’s Affairs and Peer Support Programs.

Utilizes expert faculty to train a new generation of psychiatrists, psychologists, medical students, physician assistants, and other mental health providers by providing them with didactic and clinical experiences.

  • Programs and electives in psychosomatics, addiction medicine, outpatient psychiatry, consult liaison services, child psychiatry, behavioral medicine, multicultural health, refugee health and human rights, teaching and research.

Trains medical and physician assistant students in the clinical concepts necessary to facilitate effective provider-patient interactions, as well as implement the finest educational programs for mental health trainees of all disciplines. To teach them to recognize, diagnose, and treat patients suffering with mental illness across a variety of health care settings.

Medical Education

  • The Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center is the primary Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine psychiatry teaching site. Starting with the Human Behavior in Medicine course and culminating with fourth year psychiatry electives, students are exposed to the depth and breadth of our department.


  • Educational programs cover topics such as psychiatry, neurology, neuroscience, psychotherapies, and psychopharmacology through core seminars and special programs, as well as multiple learning opportunities with clinical rotation including rounds, clinical case conferences, and case-based learning.


  • There are four fellowship opportunities available within the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University: Addiction Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry, Global Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Performs basic and clinical research relevant to the understanding and development of new treatments for patients with mental illness. Our goal is to advance and deepen our understanding of the causes of psychiatric illnesses to facilitate the development of more effective diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies for a wide array of psychiatric disorders.

  • 25+ Different Principle Investigators
  • 50+ Projects
  • 15+ Countries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East
  • Multiple Sources of funding

Research topics include: Schizophrenia, Addiction, PTSD, Patient Engagement, Community Experiences, Global Work and More