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The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Psychiatry and its affiliate hospital, the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of UPMC, are well known for exceptional academic and clinical accomplishments.  The more than 200 primary faculty members of the Department are trained in a wide range of disciplines that encompass clinical expertise across brain and behavioral disorders, across the lifespan, and in a number of basic science domains.

Priorities for the Department include first and foremost, to provide the highest quality care for the individuals who seek clinical services and their families; second, to promote the career development of faculty, trainees, and staff to further advance the level of expertise in all areas; and third, to pursue the discovery and dissemination of new scientific knowledge in order to develop personalized and preventative treatments for mental illness and addictive disorders. 

David A. Lewis, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Thomas Detre Professor of Academic Psychiatry, serves as Chair of the Department and Medical Director and Director of Research for WPIC. Kenneth Nash, MD, MMM, Professor of Psychiatry, serves as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Chief of Clinical Services for WPIC.

Clinical Excellence

  • The Department and WPIC have consistently been ranked in the top ten nationally of all psychiatric facilities by US News and World Report.
  • Inpatient clinical services are provided at WPIC (272 beds) and four other UPMC hospitals.
  • Ambulatory behavioral services are provided at over 90 locations.
  • Psychiatric services are integrated at over 25 pediatric and family medicine practices.
  • WPIC is home to the first inpatient adolescent bipolar program in the nation, which has been lauded both locally and nationally.
  • WPIC's Adult Trauma Recovery Inpatient Unit (ATRIUM) is a novel program that treats individuals exposed to trauma by using dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal and social rhythms therapy, and other evidence-based psychotherapies.
  • A new Behavioral Health Intensive Care Unit (BHICU) will open at WPIC in early 2017.
  • The Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Consultation Liaison Service includes multiple hospital-based services including embedded behavioral health clinicians in hematology-oncology, epilepsy surgery, diabetes, weight management, and inflammatory bowel disorders.
  • Telepsychiatry services are provided to multiple rural counties throughout Pennsylvania.

Clinical Training and Career Development Excellence

  • The Department’s residency program is ranked in the top ten nationally by Doximity. 
  • The training program continues to attract high quality applicants with the majority of matched applicants coming from the top 20 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine peer institutions.
  • In addition to training in general adult psychiatry, the residency program offers combined family medicine and triple board programs.
  • Clinical fellowship programs are available in addiction, child and adolescent, forensic, geriatric and psychosomatic psychiatry and public service psychiatry.
  • The Clinical Psychology Internship Program remains among the most competitive programs in the country.
  • The Department offers specialized training programs for clinician educators including the Academic Administrator, Clinician Educator (AACE) track for residents; the Clinician Educator Navigator and Career Development Programs for faculty; and the Annual Clinician Educator Showcase.
  • The Department continues to organize and sponsor outstanding scientific and clinical conferences on multiple topics including the Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference which began in 1983 and is the nation’s longest running conference devoted to schizophrenia.

Research and Research Training Excellence

  • The research prowess of the Department is reflected in its consistent ranking as a leading recipient of research funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health to departments of psychiatry. 
  • Research findings by Department of Psychiatry investigators were published in over 1,500 peer-reviewed articles in leading medical, scientific and psychiatric journals over the past three years.
  • The Psychiatry Research Pathway is facilitates the career development of psychiatry residents into highly successful independent investigators conducting high impact research on psychiatric disorders. The David J. Kupfer Residency Research Fellowship provides support for the research endeavors and career development of exceptional psychiatry residents.
  • The Department is home to eight NIH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship training programs for specialized advanced training in multiple areas of basic, translational and clinical science.
  • The Annual Research Day, initiated in 2000, attracts over 400 participants annually.

The accomplishments of multiple faculty members are recognized by the receipt of prestigious awards from international and national organizations in psychiatry, medicine and science.