A Message from the Chair

The Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences is appalled and aggrieved by the actions taken by the white supremacists that came to Charlottesville for the Unite the Right Rally on August 11 and 12. Charlottesville was targeted because we cherish inclusion, diversity, and equality. Many people have been deeply affected by the images, speech and violence that occurred in the days surrounding that event. We are proud of the actions taken by our community to stand up to intimidation. Furthermore, we rebuke the attempt to terrorize our community through violence and hate speech. We strongly stand in support of each other through compassionate care and healing for ourselves and our greater community. We remain inclusive, welcoming and diverse. Our ideals and aspirations will not be diminished by hate. We have found our collective voice and will not be silent. We stand together.


 Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia!  In addition to excellent clinical services, including inpatient adult psychiatry, outpatient child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, and outpatient psychotherapy, our department is integrated into a number of other Medical Center departments, including the Cancer Center, Neurology, and Family Medicine.  We have also expanded our services to more rural, underserved areas of Virginia through Telepsychiatry.

Our department serves as a clinical training site for University of Virginia medical students, more than 40 general psychiatry residents and subspecialty fellows, and psychology fellows.  We take great pride in the educational balance of pharmacological, neurostimulatory, and psychotherapeutic approaches to our patients’ needs.  Our excellent faculty have a variety of clinical and academic interests, giving our trainees a broad range of education and experience.  In recent years, we have integrated a Global Health Track into resident training, developed a transcranial magnetic stimulation clinic, and made great efforts to personalize our trainees’ schedules to help develop their interests and future careers.

Additionally, we have been joined by talented and nationally renowned researchers, and continue to generate new knowledge for the treatment of psychiatric and addictive disorders through clinical research.

Whether you are visiting our site to find a clinician, or learn about our training programs or research efforts, I welcome you and thank you for your interest in our department.”

Anita H. Clayton, M.D.
Chair of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
David C. Wilson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences