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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Message from the Chair

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A.Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis.  The Department has rapidly grown over the last several years, more than doubling the size of its faculty and staff to approximately 80 psychiatrists, psychologists, and scientists and approximately 300 employees. The Department's administrative offices, outpatient clinic, and education office are located at 2230 Stockton Blvd., directly across from the UC Davis Medical Center. The Department also has a child and adolescent psychiatry clinic located next door at 2348 Stockton Blvd.  The Department's forensic division and psychosomatic medicine service are located at 2348 Stockton Blvd.  Finally, a number of Department faculty are located at the MIND Institute and Imaging Research Center in Sacramento as well as the Center for Neuroscience on the UC Davis campus.

The Department provides clinical services at a number of locations throughout the greater Sacramento area.  The psychosomatic medicine service provides services in the main hospital.  Outpatient services are provided on the first floor of the 2230 Stockton Blvd. site. Department faculty are assigned to the intake and inpatient psychiatry units at the Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center campus, located a block away at 2150 Stockton Blvd.  Faculty and residents also provide services at three County of Sacramento regional clinics, a cross-cultural outpatient clinic, and a homeless mentally ill clinic, and the 2348 Stockton Blvd. child and Adolescent psychiatry clinic. 

Research is conducted at a number of sites throughout northern California. Department research faculty are located at the MIND Institute and the Imaging Research Center (IRC) on the UC Davis Medical Center campus, and the Center for Neuroscience (CNS) located on the Davis campus. Faculty are involved in telepsychiatry research at the new Medical Education Technology Center and are already conducting geriatric research at the Alzheimer's Disease and Diagnostic Treatment Center and the new UC Davis Latino Aging Research Resource Center.. Other active research sites include Napa State Hospital and the California National Primate Research Center. 

The Department has a child and adolescent psychiatry division, a forensic psychiatry division, and a clinical neuroscience division.  In the forensic division, faculty provide inpatient and outpatient services for at the Sacramento County Jail and at Napa State Hospital. In addition, board-certified forensic psychiatrists provide consultation services to the court and to legal firms throughout northern California and the United States.  Faculty in the child and adolescent psychiatry division provide outpatient clinical services in the department’s child psychiatry outpatient clinic and at the MIND Institute, and consultation services at the UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospital.  Faculty conduct  research involving newly diagnosed patients with schizophrenia, and those at high risk for this disorder in the Early Diagnosis and Preventive Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic.  Specific research studies focus on neurocognition, learning, and memory in patients with schizophrenia. 

The Department has four accredited residency programs:  general psychiatrychild and adolescent psychiatry, family medicine/psychiatry, and internal medicine/psychiatry.  The Department supports fellowships in forensic psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and adult and child psychology.  The Department has approximately 55 trainees in these residency and fellowship programs.

In summary, the Department has a major commitment to clinical and basic neuroscience, to education in psychiatry and psychology and to the provision of clinical services in a variety of treatment settings.

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A.
Joe P. Tupin Endowed Chair
Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and Chair