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. Our goal is straightforward: to be the most innovative Department of Psychiatry anywhere.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University is a multidisciplinary department consisting of MD and non-MD faculty working within a unique regional network of psychiatric services that integrates two general hospitals, a network of community services, a 24-hour regional psychiatric emergency service, an innovative shared-care mental health program, and outreach services for children, adults and the elderly.
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Within the Department, our members are committed to excellence in inter-professional educational scholarship across the continuum, spanning undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education domains. We have a strong track record of enhancing the knowledge and skills of health professionals utilizing a competency-based approach. Our unique strengths derive from a foundation and love of teaching within our faculty, many of whom were attracted to the department by the creative and innovative culture of education fostered by the medical school.
Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience is focused broadly on increasing our understanding of factors leading to the onset and maintenance of mental illnesses and addiction, as well as the development and evaluation of new assessment methods and treatment approaches. The overall goal of this research is to improve quality of life and treatment outcomes in individuals struggling with mental illness and addiction. Our research mission is driven by our strategic aims to improve detection, access and transitions, to integrate psychiatry across medicine and healthcare and to advance person- and family-centred care.
As you may have heard, we had a fantastic 50th Anniversary Celebration reunion on June 2-3, 2017 and it was terrific that so many of the original members of the Department, including our founding chair Nate Epstein, were able to join us and have such a good time!
A big thank you to everyone involved with the planning and organizing of the various events over the weekend. We couldn't have done it without you all.
As part of the preparations for our celebration, we decorated our academic area at W5th with pictures, memorabilia and press cuttings, plus a six panel history of the Department, all of which help to tell our story. Come by our area on the 3rd floor at W 5th to have a look.
As part of the commemoration of our 50th Anniversary, we are establishing the Nate Epstein Scholarship Fund in honour of our founding Chair. To learn more about the award, click here.