Chair's Message

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offers a wide array of exceptional educational and research programs aimed at teaching future generations of psychiatrists and psychologists; improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients with psychiatric disorders; and advancing our understanding of the neurobiological origins of these disorders and the mechanisms by which they produce symptoms and alter the trajectories of human lives.

The department's educational programs include courses and clinical rotations in undergraduate medical education, a residency program in adult psychiatry, clinical fellowships in Child, Geriatric, Addiction, Psychosomatic and Forensic Psychiatry, a PhD program in clinical psychology, a psychology internship and fellowship program, research fellowships, and continuing education for practicing mental health professionals. Our Psychiatry Residency Training Program is rated among the nation’s top psychiatry residency programs in psychiatry.

Students, residents, and fellows benefit from learning in diverse clinical environments, including the Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Norman and Ida Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the specialty clinics supported by Northwestern Memorial Faculty Foundation.

One of the great strengths of our department is the scientific breadth and depth of our faculty. In addition, we are committed to translating new scientific knowledge into advances that will improve the care of patients with psychiatric disorders. At no previous time has the need to improve the process of scientific translation been greater. Our faculty has contributed to our current knowledge of the structure and function of the brain, how brain function forms the basis for cognition and behavior, and how cognition and behavior impacts the lives of patients, families and the community. Our current challenge is to translate this new knowledge into new diagnostic tools and therapies, so that our patients and families can lead more rewarding lives.

Thank you for your interest in our department. Please contact us at 312-926-2323 with comments or questions.

John G. Csernansky, MD

John G. Csernansky, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Lizzie Gilman Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences