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Department of Psychiatry

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Dr. James Greene, Professor and Chair

This is an extraordinary time in the history of Psychiatry. Exciting advances in neuroscience are being translated into clinical practice at a rapid rate. New medications, new diagnostic neuroimaging techniques, and the genetics of mental illness are among the several directions in which our field has progressed. Several psychotherapies, including cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal therapies, have also become more effective because of new research underpinning them.

The Department of Psychiatry at University Tennessee Health Science Center is at the forefront in teaching and training for practice based on both modern neuroscience and psychotherapy. Our faculty is working on research projects in neuropsychiatry, the genetics of schizophrenia, sexual abuse, family relationships in personality disorders, and clinical trials of new medications. Opportunities for our residents and students to participate in these areas are strongly supported.

The basis of our field is clinical work. Our affiliation with Methodist University Hospital, the Lakeside Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, the VA Medical Center, Memphis Mental Health Institute and The Regional Medical Center allows our faculty, residents, and students to work with a wide array of patients in many different clinical settings using a variety of practice models. Our primary duty is to serve those patients, while adding to the knowledge base supporting improved care. The close personal attention given to residents by our faculty helps to create the highly trained graduate of our program.

Why Memphis?

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Known as the "Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll," Memphis has always been a big city with a small town heart. It offers magnificent music (we're the home of Elvis, Stax, Justin Timberlake, and the Blues), fantastic food (we take our barbecue very, very seriously!), spectacular sports (Grizzlies, Redbirds, or Tigers anyone?), and colossal concerts (including Garth Brooks, Twenty One Pilots, and Bruno Mars and the Beale Street Music Festival) and all of this served with side of southern charm.

Learn what it's like to spend 36 hours in Memphis. It's where cool started.

Last Published: Nov 15, 2017