Message from the Chair


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Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is an interdisciplinary leader in brain and behavioral health. Our focus is on three priorities: patient care, research, and education. Through excellence in these three areas, we are committed to providing the best available care to patients and their families, while advancing science to improve mental health and training the next generation of mental health professionals.

This is an exciting time for the field of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Advances are being made every day to better understand and treat a wide range of disorders. Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has a robust and diverse research program, which is reflected in our strong record of federal research funding (in 2011, we were one of the highest NIH-funded psychiatry departments in the country). Our researchers are world-renowned leaders in their fields, and are consistently recognized by the academic community for their achievements.

We are proud to offer evidence-based clinical services that are informed through our research. Our clinicians have expertise in treating a variety of populations, from very young children to the elderly, as well as families and veterans. Consistently ranked in the top 20 psychiatry departments in the country by U.S. News & World Reports, Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is also a member of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC), a group of leading institutions in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and bipolar illness.

Our hardworking and dedicated faculty, staff, and trainees in our department are what make us so successful. We have experts in psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, social work, nursing, epidemiology, biology, engineering, and more, all working to advance the field. We invite you to visit Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to learn with us, collaborate, and find the best treatments available for you and your loved ones.

Richard Weiner, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences