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About Us

The Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh and its affiliate hospital, the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (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 and the lifespan and a number of basic science domains. 

Educational experiences designed to successfully train the next generation of clinicians and investigators are provided via superb residency training programs, highly integrated medical student training, clinical psychology internships and a number of clinical and research fellowships. 

The research prowess of the Department is reflected in its consistent ranking as the leading Department of Psychiatry in research funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. David A. Lewis serves as the Thomas Detre Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and Medical Director and Director of Research for WPIC. 

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.  The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh is uniquely poised to build upon its rich heritage and to lead the way to future advances in psychiatric practice and research.

Some of the recent accomplishments of our Department are summarized below, and many others are described throughout our website.

Clinical Excellence

  • The Department and WPIC have consistently ranked in the top 8 nationally of all psychiatric departments and hospitals by US News and World Report.
  • Major renovations have enhanced our inpatient facilities and resulted in 310 inpatient beds at our clinical partner, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.
  • WPIC opened the first inpatient adolescent bipolar program in the nation and this unit has been lauded both locally and nationally as a wonderful resource for patients and families.
  • WPIC's Adult Trauma Recovery Inpatient Unit (ATRIUM) is a novel program designed specifically for individuals requiring inpatient care due to trauma exposure. The core treatment approach of ATRIUM is dialectical behavior therapy, complemented by other evidence-based psychotherapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal and social rhythms therapy. 
  • Our Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Consultation Liaison Service has continued to grow and now includes multiple hospital-based services including embedded behavioral health clinicians in hematology-oncology, epilepsy surgery, diabetes, weight management, and inflammatory bowel disorders.

Academic Excellence

  • Our Department is among the top Departments of Psychiatry in the nation in NIH funding.
  • Major new grants were awarded in the past year in many areas of research including schizophrenia, bipolar illness and major depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, neurodegenerative disorders and sleep medicine.
  • Our research studies generated findings that were published in over 1,500 peer-reviewed articles in leading medical, scientific and psychiatric journals over the past three years.
  • The Department is home to federally nine funded training grants, representing a wide range of postdoctoral training activities in basic and translational neuroscience.
  • The accomplishments of multiple faculty members were recognized by the receipt of prestigious awards from international and national organizations in psychiatry, medicine and science.

Education and Training Excellence

  • The Department’s residency 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.
  • The Clinical Psychology Internship program remains among the most competitive programs in the country with over 100 applications received for the five available slots in the last training year.
  • We offer nine NIH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship training programs for specialized advanced training in multiple areas of research related to the challenges of psychiatric and addictive disorders. 
  • The Department continues to organize and sponsor outstanding scientific and clinical conferences including the Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference (now in its 32nd year as the nation’s longest running conference devoted to schizophrenia), the Advances in the Treatment of Mood Disorders Conference, and the STEP Conference on Early Psychosis.