Our psychiatrists and house staff treat patients in a world-class complex that includes Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) and St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) are both members of the Barnes-Jewish-Christian (BJC) Health System. With ties to 15 hospitals, BJC is the largest academically linked health system in the country. Washington University ranks fifth among the nation’s 125 medical schools in terms of the size of its clinical practice.

Our faculty see more than a million patients per year. Our large patient volume means that our psychiatrists, residents, and fellows get to work with a very diverse patient population with wide-ranging mental health needs and other health needs. Most of our patients come from the St. Louis region, which includes urban, suburban, and rural residents who are from various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, but we also serve patients from the broader southern Midwestern region.

Advancing clinical care

As part of a major academic medical center, our clinicians have access to state-of-the-art facilities and the latest applications of approved clinical research.

In many cases, clinicians are able to refer patients to research studies and transitional-stage treatment modalities, which may not yet be widely available. Access to clinical trials further extends the range of options our clinicians can offer patients.

Our collaborative, interdisciplinary approach fosters an exchange of ideas that leads to advances in clinical care.

To find a psychiatrist, please visit the Washington University Physicians website.

Washington University Physicians are the primary care and specialist physicians who are members of the full-time faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. This is a highly active clinical practice group of more than 1,400 physicians, representing more than 76 specialties and subspecialties in medicine and surgery. It is one of the largest academic clinical practices in the U.S.

Clinical specialties

Treatment-resistant depression

Traditionally, depression treatment options were limited to medications, talk therapy, or electroconvulsive therapy.

Our treatment-resistant depression (TRD) program specializes in research-backed therapies for patients referred to us by their physicians or psychiatrists. We conduct extensive research, including clinical trials, to discover new ways to treat TRD and assess how well existing therapies work.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation and vagus nerve stimulation

We are leaders in treating patients with TRD using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).

Both modalities are in transitional stages and typically not covered by insurance; however, we are able to refer patients to research studies for these treatments.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is considered the treatment of choice for patients suffering from severe major depressive disorder who have either not responded to medications or have failed to tolerate medications as a result of various side effects.

We treat a very high volume of patients with ECT at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Pregnant women and new mothers

Our psychiatrists help to provide screening, evaluation, and treatment for women and their partners who are experiencing pregnancy-related or postpartum stress, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders through Perinatal Behavioral Health Services (PBHS).

Cancer patients and their families

The department’s collaboration with the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center serves as part of the center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center accreditation from the National Cancer Institute, which requires centers to have psycho-social assessment or resources available for all patients. Our faculty provide outpatient care as well as inpatient consultation to cancer patients and coordinate with Siteman’s established counseling services.

Geriatric psychiatry

The geriatric unit in the inpatient pavilion at Barnes-Jewish Hospital allows clinicians to treat elderly patients with co-occurring mental disorders – such as depression and dementia – and physical illnesses. These clinicians are more adept at referral to long-term care facilities for elderly and can deal with other geriatric needs in one location.

Our geriatric psychiatrists also collaborate with the Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Children and adolescents

Our clinicians specialize in the assessment and care of children and adolescents with serious and complex mental health conditions, who generally require comprehensive treatment planning in an academic medical center setting.

We rely on and work closely with our partners in the community to help carry out many aspects of the treatment plans developed for our patients.

Early psychosis

The Washington Early Recognition Center (WERC) is a treatment clinic specializing in the comprehensive mental health care of adolescents and young adults aged 13 to 25 who have been recently diagnosed with a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia and certain types of bipolar disorder or are experiencing early signs of psychosis. WERC offers a variety of comprehensive services to meet the needs of our patients, including psychiatric evaluation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and case management.