• Grand Rounds: John Q. Young, MD, MPP, PhD

    Dr. Young oversees education for the Department of Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine and the Zucker Hillside Hospital. He also directs the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Zucker Hillside and chairs the Curriculum Committee, which oversees the four year curriculum at the School of Medicine.

    Talk Title: Performance Assessment in Competency-Based Medical Education: Implications for Psychiatry

    When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 11am - 12:30pm

    Where: Wilf Family Auditorium, UMMCH

  • Grand Rounds: Brian Sweis, PhD

    Brian's research interests lie at the intersection of affective, behavioral, and cognitive neuroscience and neuroendocrinology, coming from a training background in studying the effects of stress on the body, brain, and behavior particularly in studying anxiety and memory in animals alongside his work on human cognition. Currently, his basic science and clinical research interests have evolved into one at the intersection of neuroscience, neurology, and psychiatry in investigating the neural basis of neuropsychiatric disorders at the level of understanding the neuronal circuitry governing complex higher-order cognition. 

    Talk Title: Translational Neuroeconomics: Characterizing Valuation Systems in Psychaitric Disorders

    When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 11am - 12:30pm

    Where: Wilf Family Auditorium, UMMCH

  • Grand Rounds: Daniel Pine, M.D.

    Dr. Daniel Pine is Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience, in the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program.  Dr. Pine moved to this position in 2000, after 10 years of training, teaching, and research at Columbia University. Since graduating from medical school at the University of Chicago, Dr. Pine has been engaged continuously in research on pediatric mental disorders, as reflected in more than 500 peer-reviewed papers.  Currently, his group examines the degree to which pediatric mood and anxiety disorders are associated with perturbed neural circuitry function. Dr. Pine served as the Chair of the Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Disorders Work Group for the DSM-5 Task Force, and President of the Society of Biological Psychiatry.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has received many other awards.

    Talk Title: The Neurobiology and Treatment of Pediatric Anxiety

    When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 11am - 12:30pm

    Where: Wilf Family Auditorium, UMMCH


Department Mission

We are an academic Department of Psychiatry in a land-grant university, supported by our fellow Minnesotans. As such, we have been entrusted to:

  • Create and disseminate new knowledge in the science of mental health
  • Provide effective and innovative clinical care programs to alleviate the suffering of mental illness
  • Train the next generation of experts who will be leaders in Minnesota and beyond
  • Engage in compassionate and vigorous advocacy and communication to educate stakeholders about psychiatric illness, treatment, and research.

Department Vision

Our research and educational expertise will bring brain and behavioral science to clinical care, will transform our field, and will have a national and an international impact.


Researchers looking at brain scans

We perform high impact, ethical research that elucidates biological and psychological mechanisms underlying mental illness. We use that understanding to develop highly innovative and personalized prevention and treatment approaches.

Clinical Services

Young patient in counseling session

We provide innovative and effective inpatient and outpatient clinical care as a base for teaching medical students, residents, and trainees from multiple disciplines. We focus on access to our expert care through our Rapid Access and Brief Treatment programs and enhanced Integrated Care activities. We also offer highly expert specialized interdisciplinary teams within a Discovery Clinic model.



Medical student and faculty supervisor

We are dedicated to training the next generation of experts for Minnesota and beyond. We aim to give learners at all levels the tools to be prepared for upcoming science-informed disruptions in how we understand and treat mental illness.



We will engage in compassionate and vigorous advocacy and communication to educate stakeholders about psychiatric illness, treatment, and research.