Department of Psychiatry

Pioneering new approaches to neuroscience discovery

The Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine is committed to understanding the symptoms and neurobiological basis of mental illness and advancing psychiatric treatments through extensive involvement in basic and clinical research and patient care. The department is also involved with educating and training future leaders of psychiatry and behavioral science.


The department offers a wide range of educational programs for various levels of learners including medical students, neuroscientists, psychiatry residents, psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows.
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State-of-the-art technologies, including advanced brain imaging, genetic microarrays, stem cell preparations and animal knock out models, are used by the Department of Psychiatry to uncover the mechanisms of brain and behavioral disorders and introduce new treatments.
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Clinical Care

The faculty in this department specialize in psychiatric care of adults or of children and adolescents and practice in in-patient or out-patient settings. Psychiatry faculty provide integrated care within primary care clinics.
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50 Active Grants
46 Clinical Trials
5 Psychology Internship Tracks

Congratulations to John Nurnberger, MD, PhD!

John Nurnberger, MD, PhD, vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry, recently received the Indiana University Bicentennial Medal, which is awarded to organizations and individuals who, through their personal, professional, artistic or philanthropic efforts, have broadened the reach of IU around the state, nation and world. 

The Bicentennial Medal honors distinguished and distinctive service, broadly defined, in support of IU’s mission as a public university, individuals who have enlarged the footprint of IU, or have helped to put IU on the map in unique ways. 

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Advancing Neuroscience

“The Department of Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine is focused on training the next generation of leaders in psychiatry, furthering neuroscience discovery, and pioneering new approaches to the translation of these discoveries to the treatment of neurobehavioral disorders.”

—Thomas McAllister, MD, Department of Psychiatry Chair

Graduate Medical Education Programs

The Department of Psychiatry offers residency programs and fellowship training in a wide range of subspecialty areas, including two accredited residency programs for individuals who have completed undergraduate medical education. Residencies include a Psychiatry categorical program as well as a Triple Board residency for those interested in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.