Who we are

The Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine conducts research that defines psychiatry in the 21st century. We are educating clinicians and scientists who become leaders in the field and providing high quality clinical services to facilitate teaching and research.

Diversity, equity & inclusion

We know that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for success in everything we do. That’s why we’ve established the Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, focused on making this work a strong and integrated element of each of our mission areas.

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Expert faculty who lead a tradition of excellence

Charles Zorumski, MD

Expert in treatment resistant depression, electrophysiology, and neurosteroids

Kevin Black, MD

Expert in Tourette syndrome and movement disorders

Natasha Marrus
Natasha Marrus, MD, PhD

Expert in early childhood development, autism, and developmental disabilities

Deanna Barch, PhD

Expert in early brain development and the neural basis of cognitive control and emotional processing

This program is a uniquely incredible place to train. The department has a long history of leadership in the field, giving our faculty privileged insight into the ways psychiatry has advanced for the last numerous decades, as they have all trained and worked on this leading edge. Despite this expertise, they remain incredibly kind, eager to teach and mentor, and unpredictably hilarious. I went into residency knowing I would love my co-residents and learn an astounding amount from faculty, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much fun I’ve been having at the same time.

Michelle Cai, MD
PGY2 Resident

I have grown incredibly along with all my co-residents. I have felt extremely accepted into our community of both residents and faculty, and there is always abundant support from the residents across all four years. I am looking forward to experiencing the unique opportunities in the PGY-2 year (ECT, eating disorders, perinatal) as well as starting research with our excellent faculty.

Joshua Hill, MD
PGY3 Resident

I have loved working with all of my co-residents — the program fosters an amazing culture of residents supporting and learning from one another! I’m also very excited to explore unique opportunities as a PGY-3, working in the outpatient adult and child clinics.

Jeff Carley, MD
Chief and PGY4 Resident

William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Our shared mission is to bring new innovations to the prevention of psychiatric conditions of childhood as well as to deliver clinical psychiatric care and innovative treatment to children and adolescents.

Why we love St. Louis

Here you’ll find charming neighborhoods, vibrant cultural and culinary scenes, and plenty of fun for nature-lovers and urbanites alike – all packed into an incredibly affordable city.

Multidisciplinary collaboration

Our collaborative, multidisciplinary approach fosters an exchange of ideas that increases our understanding of nervous system function and ultimately improves treatment for people with mental disorders.

Collaboration while looking at brain scans