About the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Innovation in mental health clinical care, education and research

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine is committed to excellence in three equally important areas: clinical care, education and research.

We are proud of our long record of clinical service to the residents of Los Angeles County. Much of our clinical activity is in the public sector, particularly at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center. In addition, we provide private outpatient and inpatient care at Keck Hospital of USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital.

Education continues to be a high priority and core component of our mission. Our training programs in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We also offer a postdoctoral fellowship program in forensic psychology as well as clerkships for medical students. These programs provide excellent graduate educational experiences by combining the rich clinical resources of a large, public medical center and private clinical facilities with the academic excellence of a vibrant medical school department.

The department’s diverse research programs have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, particularly in the areas of psychiatric genetics, clinical treatments and health services research.

Facts & Figures

    • Nearly $5 million in new grants during FY 2019.
    • Our residency program has trained physicians in the behavioral sciences since 1943.
    • Our faculty members maintain a diverse range of specialties, including:

advocacy, culture and diversity, educational research, quality improvement and evaluation, emergency psychiatry, health services, HIV, mindfulness-based practices, psychotherapy, telepsychiatry and distance education, trauma and women’s health

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is to:

  • Improve the quality of life for individuals and society by promoting health and mental health, via preventing and curing disease, ameliorating suffering, enriching the human mind, and promoting adaptation to life and illness.
  • Advance research of biomedical mental illness and adjustment by patients, families and others to medical and mental illness.
  • Educate today and tomorrow’s psychiatrists, other physicians, allied mental health providers and scientists, helping them develop self-evaluation and quality-improvement skills for a lifetime of practice and investigation.
  • Provide service by promoting appreciation of the culture and diversity of our community, trainees, department and school, while developing leaders and engaging one another in questions that lead to change.