Clinical Care

Psychiatry is a medical specialty focused on brain disorders that cause emotional and behavioral problems. Faculty in the IU School of Medicine psychiatry department include psychiatrists and psychologists. Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MD or DO degrees) who diagnose psychiatric disorders and treat these conditions with medications and psychotherapy. Psychologists have doctoral degrees in psychology (PhD or PsyD degrees); psychologists perform psychological testing, diagnose psychiatric disorders and provide psychotherapy.

IU School of Medicine faculty may specialize in psychiatric care of adults or of children and adolescents and provide care in inpatient or outpatient settings. Faculty members also provide integrated care within primary care clinics, working closely with internal medicine and pediatrics departments of IU School of Medicine and IU Health.

In the last few decades, psychiatric care has become increasingly complex and specialized. Research has focused on developing treatments that are shown to be effective in clinical studies, known as evidence-based care. As psychiatry has grown more complex, many IU School of Medicine psychiatry faculty members have subspecialized, focusing on providing such state-of-the-art, evidence-based care for a particular psychiatric disorder or group of disorders. This allows patients to work with psychiatric teams with the most experience in treating specific disorders with medication, psychotherapy or specialty procedures.

Psychiatry Subspecialty Programs

Faculty, residents and fellows provide a wide-range of diagnosis for children and adolescents, including adolescent dual diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse disorders), clinic ADHD, and disruptive behavior disorders.

The Adult Clinic offers diagnosis and treatment for mood disorders, and psychogenic and conversion disorders.

At Riley Hospital for Children, faculty, residents and fellows provide child and adolescent inpatient treatment, consultation-liaison pediatric services, and short-term psychiatry care and stabilization through a unique Bridge Clinic.

Adult neurophychological, medico-legal and forensic psychology testing as well as pediatric psychological testing is provided by Psychiatry department faculty.

Clinical Teaching Facilities

Medical students, residents, fellows and postdocs training in the Department of Psychiatry benefit from IU School of Medicine’s strong partnerships with area hospitals. Clinical opportunities are available at a modern VA medical center, Riley Hospital for Children, and Eskenazi Health, a large county teaching hospital.

Clinical Training in Indianapolis


Through countless research and educational opportunities, the Department of Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine provides students, faculty and community members with pathways to further excel in the field of neurobiological and behavioral sciences. Department experts instill knowledge to future and current psychiatrists so that, together, they can improve health care.

Advancing Indiana Health

Opioid Project ECHO

In partnership with the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Department of Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine launched a program to assist health care providers across Indiana to better diagnose and treat individuals with opioid use disorder. The Opioid Project ECHO uses technology to facilitate mentoring and knowledge sharing, enabling local clinicians to provide best practice care for complex and chronic diseases in their communities.

Ethics of Social Justice Work

The Ethics of Social Justice Work is a conference that facilitates collaboration among psychologists, therapists and other allied mental health professionals.. This conferences makes it easier for faculty and community members to exchange knowledge and experience through lectures of applied psychology in social justice work. The conference highlights ethical situations for psychologists to incorporate social justice in their advocacy, practice, teaching and training endeavors.

Global Health at IU School of Medicine

Improving health in resource-limited communities throughout the world is a fundamental priority at IU School of Medicine, particularly in terms of educating future healers and medical experts. From worldwide disease outbreaks to fatalities that impact a local neighborhood, improving the health of all communities while training globally minded physicians is vital to improving population health.

Global Health