General Departmental Information

The University of Chicago Medicine

The University of Chicago Medicine is one of the country’s preeminent academic medical centers. It is internationally known for the quality of its health care, medical and scientific training, and research.

The University of Chicago Medicine is comprised of the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Division of Biological Sciences of the University of Chicago. It includes the Bernard Mitchell Hospital, Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, Rubloff Intensive Care Tower, the Surgery/Brain Research Pavilion, Chicago Lying-in Hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery, and Comer Children's Hospital. More than 90 specialty outpatient clinics are part of the medical center. It is one of the larger medical systems in the Chicago area, with over 550 beds, and more than 700,000 outpatient visits per year. Many satellite clinics in community hospitals and outpatient practices also exist throughout the Chicagoland area. The Pritzker School of Medicine trains a higher proportion of academically oriented physicians than any other medical school in the country, and is highly ranked for its translational science training programs. The Division of Biological Sciences is composed of faculty-researchers in both basic science and clinical areas, including a collection of Nobel laureates, and receives over $80 million annually in research grants.

The University of Chicago is in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South side of the city. The University has an excellent library system, computer services, and many intellectual and social offerings. Hyde Park is a quiet urban residential neighborhood, centered around the University, and is noted for its multicultural flavor, cultural activities, and intellectual opportunities, as well as its historical architecture. Hyde Park and its neighbor community, Kenwood, are also known as the Chicago home of President Barack Obama and his family. The University of Chicago is situated five miles south of Chicago's downtown area and one-half mile from Lake Michigan, affording access to a wide variety of cultural, recreational, and professional opportunities. Affordable housing close to the University is readily available.  Interns often choose to live near the campus, as well as across the Chicagoland area.  Access to the University of Chicago Medicine is easily available through both public transportation and by car.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is an integral component of The University of Chicago Medicine. It is both a clinical service and training unit within the medical center, and an academic unit within the Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine.

The Department has a long history of distinguished research, integrated with clinical service and mental health training. Current and previous faculty members include prominent psychologists and psychiatrists who have made major research and clinical contributions to behavioral, cognitive, biological, and psychodynamic theories of development and intervention, and their application to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Ongoing areas of research include therapy outcome, developmental psychopathology, substance abuse, psychopharmacology, animal models of psychiatric disorders, developmental epidemiology, biological psychiatry, medical neuropsychology, neuroimaging, and the identification and treatment of aggression, eating disorders, and neurodevelopmental concerns like Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and Epilepsy.

The Department is comprised of two clinical sections: Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Each section provides a combination of inpatient, outpatient, and specialty programs within the medical center. The Department also houses a research section that comprises faculty across the department as well as collaborates actively with programs throughout the Biological Sciences Division and greater University community.

Section of Adult Psychiatry

The Adult Psychiatry Section consists of a number of outpatient specialty pharmacology clinics. The outpatient clinics include the Schizophrenia/Chronic Mental Illness Program, Refractory Mood Disorders Clinic, Personality Disorders Clinic, Neuropsychology Service, Neuropsychiatry Clinic, the Anxiety Clinic, Psych-Oncology and Med Psych Clinics, Consultation-Liaison Service, Addiction, Compulsivity and Impulsivity Disorders Clinic, and the Geropsychiatry Clinic. Inpatient services are provided through our affiliate setting, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, located in the South Loop/Bronzeville neighborhoods north of Hyde Park. Adult Psychiatry also collaborates on training and service with the University’s Student Counseling Service (SCS).  The University of Chicago SCS psychiatrists are members of the Department faculty.  Additionally, the Department shares psychiatry training responsibilities and collaborates on research with affiliated faculty at NorthShore University Medical Center, located in the suburbs north of Chicago.

Patients coming to the Adult Section of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience present with a wide variety of mental health problems. The intern is likely to be involved in the assessment and treatment of patients with affective, cognitive, or substance use disorders, difficulties in emotional and behavioral regulation, psychophysiological and somatization disorders, relationship problems, sleep disorders, adjustment disorders associated with medical conditions, and personality disorders. Many patients are self-referred from throughout the Chicago area, while other patients are referred by physicians within the Medical Center and its affiliated services for assessment and treatment. The patient population is comprised of a diverse socioeconomic, racial and ethnic mix, representing the University and Chicagoland community.

Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section is comprised of psychologists and psychiatrists who share a primary interest in clinical service, research, and training in child and adolescent mental health and pediatric consultation. Serving both traditional psychiatric and medical populations, the Section collaborates with pediatric specialists from Comer Children’s Hospital, including Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatric Rheumatology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery, and General Pediatrics. The section has a long and rich tradition of training child and adolescent mental health professionals, many of whom have gone on to prominent positions in academic medicine, research, and clinical care. Current training and intervention orientations include developmental, interpersonal, cognitive, behavioral, and biological perspectives.

Specialty services within the Section include the Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Service, Adolescent Eating Disorders Clinic, Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic, ADHD Clinic, and the Pediatric Neuropsychology Service. The Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic provides assessment, diagnosis, and treatment services for the Hyde Park and greater Chicagoland community, including pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. Inpatient care for children and adolescents is provided through our affiliated units at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, on the North side of the city, and Highland Park Hospital, in the northern suburbs.  Although the population served by the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section is clinically and economically diverse, a substantial number of patients come from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds.