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.
Mark H. Rapaport, M.D., a nationally recognized clinician and researcher known for his interdisciplinary approach to mental health treatment and care, has been named CEO of Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine.... Read More
Dr. Mehmet Oz , Troy Christian Andersen, an associate professor at the University of Utah; Bruce W. Lee, owner of ComForCare of Northern Utah; and Anne Asman, director of advancement and outreach for the University of Utah's Department of Psychiatry, spoke about raising dementia awareness at the Utah stop of the Educating America Tour a virtual conference organized by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.... Read More
First responders in our own communities deal with traumatic events that can impact their mental health. Faculty researcher and psychologist, Andrew J. Smith, PhD, founded the Occupational Trauma Program to serve the mental health needs of individuals who experience trauma as an occupational hazard.... Read More
Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, held a press conference discussing his bipartisan bill to prevent veteran suicides. The bill studies the connection between living in high-altitudes and rates of suicide. Drs. Perry Renshaw and Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, University of Utah psychiatry professors, are involved in the research of the connection. ... Read More
Dr. Brent Kious, a psychiatrist, assistant professor and researcher with both University of Utah Health and the school’s Department of Psychiatry, has studied the link between living at high altitude and major depressive disorder, anxiety and suicide. He said he and his research team have been interested in the impact of altitude on the incidence and median age of onset of Parkinson’s disease, but has not studied this impact or the effects of altitude on dementia risk.... Read More
For decades, researchers have looked to human genetics for linkages to mental illness. Patterns of inheritance are murky, but it is clear that “stuff runs in families,” says Dr. Douglas Gray, a psychiatrist and researcher at the University of Utah School of Medicine.... Read More
The Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program has published and opened their 2021 VPCAT Cohort Competition Space application. Junior faculty committed to careers in clinical or translational research can find details and instructions on our website and in the attached flyer. All applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 25, 2020. No late applications will be accepted.... Read More