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Who We Are

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University conducts clinical care and research within the university community and throughout a unique regional network of partner organizations. We believe equity is central to better mental health care and outcomes. Our ​vision is straightforward: to be the most innovative Department of Psychiatry anywhere. 

We offer a rich and innovative academic environment spanning multiple clinical programs and teaching sites within Hamilton and the surrounding area. We are a multidisciplinary department consisting of over 300 full- and part-time faculty members.

Guiding our quest to better understand illness and behaviour are several underlying principles. The Department is keenly aware of the importance of early detection and intervention as well as the need to synthesize biological, psychological and community perspectives. We strive to focus on the needs of populations as well as those of individuals. We also recognize that we do not operate in a vacuum and understand the need to be socially relevant, whether that means acknowledging the changing expectations of psychiatry and academic centres or creating partnerships with other academic departments, hospitals or community groups. Finally, it is a fundamental goal to provide support for and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration among diverse health care professionals. Learn more about our department’s Strategic Priorities.


Education and academic excellence is an overarching priority within the Department. We are renowned for our expertise in mood and anxiety disorders, women’s health, child psychiatry, neuroscience, and in creating innovative models of mental health care delivery, particularly those concerned with the interaction between Psychiatry and Family Medicine.

Our Postgraduate Residency Training Program offers award-winning educational initiatives in psychotherapy training (PteR) and interviewing skills development. We create socially-responsible, life-long learners capable of critical thought that can be applied to the clinical care of both individual patients and populations as a whole. Graduates go on to become leaders in academic and clinical settings as well as valuable consultants to other health care providers and systems. 


We play an important role in reshaping and refining the delivery of mental health programs and services within the community. Strong ties to local hospitals, the community and other academic departments make us part of a progressive and integrated continuum of care within Hamilton and the surrounding area. We provide psychiatric services through a network that includes health care facilities, a 24-hour psychiatric emergency service, an innovative primary care mental health program, and outreach services for children, adults and the elderly. We are also associated with the Offord Centre for Child Studies, which provides a base for our strong child psychiatry research group, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Brain-Body Institute, which helps us attract first-rate faculty for our basic science program. This strengthens our Mood Disorders Program, Child and Youth Mental Health Program, and neuroscience division. 


For those interested in an academic career in research, the Department offers a mentorship program. We also offer a Clinical Investigator Training Program which combines structured course work with resident-initiated research projects.

For those interested in research, there are opportunities to complete a Master’s degree or a PhD with access to fellowships and post-doctoral positions in a variety of basic and clinical research areas. We support interdisciplinary research training through relationships with the Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Psychology as well as other schools and departments throughout the University 

Our Partners

In addition to their work within the Department, our faculty are involved in several other major educational programs. These include:

  • The Faculty of Health Sciences Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program which provides health professionals in Hamilton and surrounding regions with opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills in clinical assessment and management; 
  • The Clinical Psychology Residency Program of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton;
  • The Psychology Internship Program (Child) at Hamilton Health Sciences

We are also closely aligned with other Faculty of Health Sciences educational programs including:

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