Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is one of 22 departments in the Duke University School of Medicine. The Department is a leader in psychiatric and psychological healthcare, research and education. Since its inception in 1943, the Department has set its focus on understanding the brain and mind. In understanding these better, we are able to help those suffering from mental illness and improve patient mental health.

Caring for People

Our faculty physicians strive to provide the highest quality of care to all of our patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Our compassionate doctors treat patients with cutting-edge coordinated care that is responsive to the needs of each person. In addition to traditional therapies, our clinical care teams offer advanced psychiatric treatment for the entire spectrum of mental health disorders and illnesses. We provide comprehensive care to our patients ranging from brain stimulation, such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for treating depression to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for modifying unhealthy habits or behaviors.

To make an appointment with one of our world-class physicians, visit or call 919–684-0100.

Driving Mental Health Research

As a national leader in basic, clinical, and translational research, Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is among the top 5 institutions in NIH funding.  

Duke University is proud of the rich collaboration that comes from working with leaders in every field of academics. In 2016, Duke University launched MedX, a collaboration between Duke University School of Medicine and Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, which encourages highly effective research groups producing innovative health solutions in all areas of medicine, policy and technology.

Learn about our research

Innovating in Medical Education

Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a leader in mental and behavioral health education with nationally recognized programs such as Psychiatry Residency, Medicine-Psychiatry Residency, Geriatric Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, and Psychology Internship. Our faculty educators have experience in both clinical and research settings, and have a passion for providing trainees with a skill set that will lay the foundation for success throughout the trainees' careers. 

The Department provides faculty with multiple opportunities for continuing education and continuing medical education credits.