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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, psychiatry residents 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 specializes in psychiatric treatment of adults, children and adolescents and provide care in both in-patient and outpatient settings across the Indianapolis region.
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Faculty Spotlight

The Department of Psychiatry recognizes the exemplary expertise of our distinguished faculty

Steve Strakowski, MD, joined the IU School of Medicine in January and fulfills multiple roles with the Department of Psychiatry. As Executive Director of the Mary O’Daniel Stone and Bill Stone Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Evansville, Dr. Strakowski hopes to move southwestern Indiana toward a model youth mental health community and take learnings from that work to expand across the state.

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Dr. Strakowski also serves as Vice Chair of Research with the goal of building the Department into a national research leader in the care of people with major mental illness and substance use disorders. And as a Professor of Psychiatry, he plans to continue building his past work using neuroimaging and longitudinal outcome studies to understand the neurodevelopmental emergence of bipolar disorder in adolescence and then the early course progression leading to a lifelong condition--to which there currently is no cure.

We welcome Dr. Strakowski to the team and look forward to his significant contributions.  

48 Residents in 7 training locations
11 Fellows in 4 Fellowship Programs
12 Post-Doctoral Students in 6 Subspecialties