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.

Washington University and the Department of Psychiatry are committed to diversity and inclusion in all of our missions – teaching, patient care, and research.

The Department of Psychiatry at Washington University upholds principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our endeavors in patient care, education, and research. First and foremost, our mission is to advance the understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders for all. 

We are committed to: 

  • Creating an inclusive and equitable environment for our patients, trainees, and colleagues. 
  • Advocating for equal and equitable access to high quality care and treatment for the most under-represented and under-resourced individuals in our community. 
  • Continued investment in training, initiatives, and programs to further enhance diversity and reduce health disparities and inequity across Washington University and the greater St. Louis community.   

As pioneers at the forefront of research, education, and patient care, we believe innovation and progress in psychiatry thrive on diversity and objectivity free of bias and discrimination. We can better accomplish our missions when our department reflects the robust diversity and talent of our St. Louis community and the world at large. We can also better advance our missions when we acknowledge and address difficult truths such as racism and bigotry as a field and profession. When we recognize the adverse impact of racism, bias, and discrimination, we can uncover and address barriers to delivering high quality psychiatric care to all. 

Expert faculty who lead a tradition of excellence

Chad Sylvester
Chad Sylvester, MD, PhD

Expert in child and adolescent psychiatry, anxiety disorders, and imaging

Emily Mukherji
Emily Mukherji, MD

Expert in perinatal and outpatient psychiatry

Daniel Mamah
Daniel Mamah, MD, MPE

Expert in schizophrenia, early onset psychosis and imaging

Alexxai V Kravitz
Alexxai Kravitz, PhD

Expert in basal ganglia circuits, optogenetics, and animal models of psychiatric illness

“This program is structured to provide the right amount of support to foster autonomy while also giving me the opportunity to ask for advice when needed. Residents of all four years of training come together to support each other, teach each other, and provide the best care possible to our patients.”

— Emily Slat, MD, PhD
PGY3 Resident

“After an away rotation at Wash U my final year of medical school, I was so impressed by the warmth of those in the department and the excellent education and opportunities that WUSM quickly became my top choice for residency and has continued to meet and go beyond my expectations. I am so grateful to be learning how to practice in an increasingly important, interesting area of medicine with some of the best minds in the field as my colleagues and friends.”

— Meryl Brune, MD
Chief and PGY4 Resident

“The faculty at WashU are always accessible. No matter what time of day, there is always an attending that you can call, which demonstrates the faculty members’ commitment to the residency program.”

— Subha Subramanian, MD
PGY3 Resident

Psychiatrists playing with child

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