• 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?

  • Dr. Rana Elmaghraby elected to APA Board of Trustees

    Second year psychiatry resident, Dr. Rana Elmaghraby elected to the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees as a Resident/Fellow member.  This was the result of an extensive and competitive campaign effort.The Department of Psychiatry and Minnesota will be represented at the highest level in psychiatry. This is the first time the midwest will be represented by this position.

    Congratulations, Dr. Elmaghraby!  

    Rana Elmaghraby, MD
    Department of Psychiatry

  • 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

    Join us for the May 9th event

  • Endocannabinoids and Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Facts, not Hype

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been added to the list of qualifying medical conditions for Minnesota Medical Cannabis. Patients certified to have ASD will be eligible to enroll in the program on July 1, 2018 and receive cannabis extracts from the state’s approved vendors beginning August 1, 2018. 

    In a recent article for the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pedicatrics newsletter, Dr. Lucien Gonzalez discussed the science behind the law, some valid concerns, and the question for providers of whether or not to certify patients. 

    Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychiatry

  • 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.