The Division of Psychosomatic Medicine Psychiatry (also known as Consultation-Liaison) program provides psychiatrists with special training and experience in evaluating and treating patients who are referred from other physicians. They are very comfortable helping patients who have complex or severe medical or surgical problems that may exacerbate or be exacerbated by emotional problems. Our goals are to provide comprehensive biopsychosocial diagnosis and treatment recommendations, to work closely with the primary medical/surgical teams to maximize patient response and recovery, to assist all members of the medical/surgical teams to work effectively with all types of patients, and to assist patients in the transition to appropriate follow up psychiatric care.
The educational objectives of the program are to develop clinical expertise and, through teaching and liaison efforts, to increase the mental health skills and knowledge of non-psychiatric physicians and medical center staff. Clinical training includes extensive experience in medically oriented psychiatric consultation to gain skills and experience necessary to treat and evaluate complex psychological problems. The goal of this program is to train fellows to become knowledgeable, astute and compassionate physicians with specialized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex psychiatric disorders in medically ill patients by:
- Developing advanced skills in providing consultation in medical and surgical settings
- Communicating and collaborating effectively with physicians and allied health professionals from a broad range of primary care and specialty settings
- Better understanding the relationship between biopsychosocial-spiritual factors and medical illness
- Appreciating the range, context and rationale for each individual patient’s response to illness
Leading an integrated psychosocial health-care team in the medical settings.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences features several nationally recognized research programs. Psychosomatic Medicine psychiatry fellows have opportunities for supervised participation in funded research projects.
- Dunbar Laboratory for Research on Memory and Fear
- Center for Psychiatric Genetics
- Genetics and Neurobiology of Stress and Depression
- Laboratory of Translational Neurobiology
- Mental Health Services and Policy Program
- Neuroimaging & Applied Computational Anatomy Lab
- Feinberg Clinical Neuroscience Research Institution
- Center for Drug Discovery and Chemical Biology
- Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology
- Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
- Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience
Our providers perform evaluation and recommendations for patients with a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses, our faculty comprises of individuals with special expertise working with patients in the areas of Women's Health, Psycho-Oncology, Substance Abuse, Organ Transplantation, and Forensic Psychiatry. Our goals are to provide comprehensive biopsychosocial diagnosis and treatment recommendations, to work closely with the primary medical/surgical teams to maximize patient response and recovery, to assist all members of the medical/surgical teams to work effectively with all types of patients, and to assist patients in the transition to appropriate follow up psychiatric care.
Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD
Director, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences