• The Mind Deconstructed: Mental Health and Wellness with Dr. Kaz and George

    Dr. Kaz Nelson is a psychiatrist at the University of Minnesota on a mission to translate the often complex field of psychiatry to plain language. George (her brother) provides his unique perspective, commentary and serves as podcast host.

    Is depression real?
    What are some of the underlying drivers of suicide?
    How come no one ever talks about borderline personality disorder?

  • Psychiatry Review 2018

    The Challenges of Being a Mental Health Care Provider: Responding with Wisdom and Resilience

    October 11-12, 2018
    Westin Galleria - Edina, MN

    Improve your skills helping the most challenging patients and responding with compassion to diversity.

    NEW in 2018! Provider Well-being Session

    • KEYNOTE | Overview of APA Efforts and Available Resources - Rick Summers, MD
    • Historical Perspective on Clinician Well-being and Resilience - Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
    • Neurologists' Burnout and Lessons Learned - Sarah Bird Nelson, JD
    • UMN Task Force Addressing Physician Well-being - David Rothenberger, MD
  • Psychocinematics: Exploring Cognition at the Movies

    "We use cinema to help learners understand behavior patterns and themes presented in movies. Our goal is to demonstrate how a more complex appreciation of the human animal can enrich medical practice. Psych Cinema also highlights the myriad ways in which psychiatric themes permeate different cultures and ideologies all over the world."

    -Dr. JJ Rasimas and Dr. Adnan Ahmed, PsychCINEMA faculty hosts

    Harold and Maude (1971)
    October 9, 2018 • 5:30-8:30 PM  
    We will have Dr. Jonathan Homans, Associate Director of the Child and Adolescent Fellowship as a guest discussant for this special screening.

    More information and RSVP

  • 2nd Dan Markingson Symposium


    The 2nd Dan Markingson Symposium was held on June 13, 2018 and featured Dr. David Brent who gave the presentation, "Saving Holden Caulfield: Evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can reduce the suicide rate now." This talk was followed by a panel discussion by parents, educators, and teens.

    A recording of this event is available for viewing.

  • Dr. Kaz Nelson recognized as Top Doctor: Rising Star

    Katharine Nelson, MD, Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry has been named in the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's 2018 edition of “Top Doctors: Rising Stars,” an annual list of up-and-coming physicians who are making a mark in medicine.

    Full list of UMN Top Doctors: Rising Stars 2018

    Katharine Nelson, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Vice Chair for Education
    Department of Psychiatry


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

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.