Research

One of the most important commitments of an academic department of psychiatry is research and scholarship. Research pushes back the barriers of ignorance about the causes of mental disorders, brings to bear on patient care scientifically informed treatment, and creates an environment of critical thinking essential for clinical training. Of all the medical specialties, the conceptual approaches to psychiatry have changed most radically over the last two decades as a consequence of basic and clinical research. Just in the last decade, new areas of inquiry ranging from molecular genetics through brain imaging to mental health services research, have emerged as important influences on psychiatric practice.