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Psychiatry & Human Behavior

Jefferson is Pleased to Announce Our "Smoke-Free" Hiring Policy. Please click here below for policy details.

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.

Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior

In the News

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Sleep Medicine Symposium: “What’s New Under the Moon” on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University.   For more information, please visit: http://jeffline.jefferson
.edu/ jeffcme/
or call the Office of CME at 1-888-JEFF-CME or (215) 955-6992.

to Drs. Salman Akhtar, Mitchell Cohen, Karl Doghramji, Elisabeth Kunkel, and Barry Rovner for making the Top Doctors Issue of Phila Magazine

Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University has edited a groundbreaking new book called The African American Experience: Psychoanalytic Perspectives.

Philadelphia Magazine

Taste of Mindfulness Class
November 11, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Open to TJU Students and TJUH House Staff
To register or for more information, visit

Special CME Grand Rounds on "Stroke and Sleep" by Dr. Antonio Culebras 
November 14, 2014 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building. No Registration requiered.

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