Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
The department is fully dedicated to carrying out the mission of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and the Jefferson Health Care Network. Our support takes the following forms:
Education. We provide medical students, residents, and fellows with a rich and rewarding educational experience as they rotate through all our clinical services: Adult (Inpatient and Outpatient); Emergency; Consultation-Liaison; Substance Abuse; Pain; Child and Adolescent; Sleep Disorders; and various specialty electives. All our residency and fellowship programs are approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committees. Information on our residency training program can be found on the Residency pages.
Patient Care. We are dedicated to providing excellent psychiatric care to patients in the Delaware Valley area.
Research. The Department is focused on clinical research. We investigate the symptoms and treatments of various psychiatric illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease and novel treatment modalities (MBAT-Mindfulness-based Art Therapy). Our Mood Disorders Program is conducting innovative research on the identification and treatment of the side effects of psychiatric medications. In addition, it conducts clinical trials of potential new medications for mood disorders.
The department is made up of a large number of skilled physicians, psychologists, a social worker, a nurse practitioner, researchers, and dedicated support staff. Faculty and staff have family, psychiatric, and mental health specialties.
In the News
to Drs. Salman Akhtar, Mitchell Cohen, Karl Doghramji, Elisabeth Kunkel, and Barry Rovner for making the Top Doctors Issue of Phila Magazine
Dr. Rajnish Mago, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, has received a 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Education at Jefferson Medical College which recognizes faculty who have provided outstanding and sustained contributions to the education of Jefferson's students, residents, and/or faculty.
Dr. Rajnish Mago, Director, Mood Disorders Program is the recipient of the 2013 Sylvan Green Award from the Society for Clinical Trials. The award recognizes the best abstract submitted for the Society's annual meeting. He will present his paper titled Identifying Potential Adverse Effects by Patients' Ratings: A Proof-of-Concept Study of a Novel Approach in Boston on May 22, 2013
Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University has edited a groundbreaking new book called The African American Experience: Psychoanalytic Perspectives.