About Us

Our Mission

The mission of our department is to provide high quality mental health care and service to the community in an academic model that integrates teaching and research activities in everything we do. We are particularly focused on the integration of our mental health programs into our broader medical care system, ranging from our extensive outpatient programs serving Georgetown medical populations, to our research programs that study how to improve mental health for low-income medical patients.

The Department of Psychiatry provides comprehensive programs in patient care, education, research and community outreach. In the tradition of the broader mission of Georgetown University, the specific missions of the Department of Psychiatry are:

  • To provide compassionate, ethical, and scientifically competent patient care
  • To provide outstanding educational programs for psychiatry residents and medical students
  • To advance mental health knowledge, training, and services through innovative and comprehensive research
  • To address the mental health needs of diverse underserved populations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area

Faculty from the department are proud to participate in MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s residency training program in Psychiatry that trains 28 residents across all four years as well as two fellowships – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. In addition to their rotations at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown Psychiatry residents and fellows also rotate at other premier medical institutions, including MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and the Washington DC Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center.  Our residents benefit from the expertise of over 50 core faculty and 100 clinical faculty with areas of expertise that span the entire range of psychiatric disorders and treatments.

Department faculty teach in all four years of the curriculum of the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Educational programs include: Cura Personalis (1st year), Psychiatric Disorders (2nd year), the Core Clerkship in Psychiatry (3rd year), and 4th year electives in Inpatient Psychiatry (Acting Internship), Outpatient Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, and psychiatric research.

Our department has an extremely active research program. We conduct nationally recognized and funded studies in many areas including Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, mental health services for low-income populations, Huntington Disease, trauma/PTSD, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Finally, we are extremely proud of our community-based programs including mental health integration in local schools, integrated mental health for children and families, and Collaborative Care for adults in diverse primary care settings.

We hope you will explore other Georgetown University and MedStar Health links to appreciate the full scope of our extensive clinical, educational, research and outreach activities.