Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah is proud to be an integral part of University of Utah Health. Every day we dedicate ourselves to academic excellence, relevant collaborative research, and compassionate behavioral and mental health care.

We are teachers, researchers, and clinicians. We train future psychiatrists, explore new ideas, map genomes, develop innovative therapies, create new drugs, study spectacular brain images, and pioneer new treatments all with the goal of advancing mental health care to give our patients healthier minds and better lives.

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What are Utah leaders doing to prevent youth suicides?
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Jul 08, 2019

What are Utah leaders doing to prevent youth suicides?

psychiatry, suicide

Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, joined UofU Health suicide prevention experts at a news conference on Monday, July 8, 2019, to discuss the need for funding suicide crisis prevention and the local efforts made so far to raise awareness. Experts included Department of Psychiatry professor, Doug Gray, and Ross VanVraken, Executive Director of the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). ... Read More

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Faculty Neuropsychologist Uses Art to Give Different Perception of Resilience
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May 18, 2019

Faculty Neuropsychologist Uses Art to Give Different Perception of Resilience

psychiatry, neuropsychology, resilience, mental health awareness month

Dr. Scott Langenecker, a clinical neuropsychologist and professor of psychiatry, discusses ways people can strengthen their resilience during a free presentation titled “Images of Resilience,” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Park City Library’s Community Room. The event that honors Mental Health Awareness Month is sponsored by CONNECT Summit County.... Read More

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Faculty Researcher Exploring the Impact of Higher Altitudes on Suicide Risk  in Women
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Mar 31, 2019

Faculty Researcher Exploring the Impact of Higher Altitudes on Suicide Risk in Women

psychiatry, research, suicide, altitude, hypoxia, seratonin

Study by faculty researcher, Shami Kanekar, PhD, indicates that women may be more affected by brain chemistry issues caused by altitude. Her animal tests show that females are actually more vulnerable to behavioral changes caused by a lack of oxygen at higher altitudes, and therefore may be at higher risk for suicide. ... Read More

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Researchers Conduct First Population-based Study of Suicide Risk in People with Autism
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Jan 21, 2019

Researchers Conduct First Population-based Study of Suicide Risk in People with Autism

Psychiatry, , research news, autism, suicide

Researchers at the University of Utah Health conducted the first population-based study of suicidality in individuals with ASD in the United States. The 20-year retrospective study found that for individuals with autism, particularly females, the risk of suicide has increased through time compared to their non-autistic peers. ... Read More

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Department Leadership

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James C. Ashworth, MD

Department Interim Chair
Vice Chair, Clinical Services
Medical Director, University Neuropsychiatric Institute

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