About the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences

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Innovation in mental health clinical care, education and research

The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at Keck School of Medicine of USC is committed to excellence in three equally important areas: clinical care, education, and research. The team of mental health professionals offer a range of psychiatric and behavioral health services utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field and state-of-the-art technology. The Department of Psychiatry provides clinical services primarily at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center, USC Student Health and student exclusive practices as part of Keck Medicine of USC, and additional ambulatory practices for Keck Medicine of USC, including Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the USC Care Medical Group.

The department’s specialists have expertise in general psychiatry, neuromodulation, and several subspecialties to diagnosis and treat obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, dysthymia, somatic disorders, co-occurring conditions, and schizophrenia. Bilingual clinicians provide support in several languages, including Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese, Arabic, Urdu, Kashmiri, and Vietnamese. Clinical services are located at 1500 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 or call (800) USC – CARE (800-872-2273).

Our Mission

To care for and protect the mental health of our communities.

Our Vision

We will drive innovative, leading mental health care by being the place to work, receive care, and create future leaders through learning and discovery.

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