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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University of Utah Health Names CEO of Huntsman Mental Health Institute and New Chair of the Department of Psychiatry
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Nov 16, 2020

University of Utah Health Names CEO of Huntsman Mental Health Institute and New Chair of the Department of Psychiatry

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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

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KSL: Dr. Oz speaks firsthand about importance of early intervention for dementia
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Nov 11, 2020

KSL: Dr. Oz speaks firsthand about importance of early intervention for dementia

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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

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Sep 11, 2020

Steamboat Pilot: The Longevity Project Part 2: An unclear correlation — Colorado clinicians and researchers talk Alzheimer’s risk, care in mountain communities

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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

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Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program
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Aug 25, 2020

Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program

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

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James C. Ashworth, MD

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

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