Geriatric Psychiatry

Faculty: Bashir, Holroyd, Thomas

Clinical: The Geriatric Psychiatry program offers clinical psychiatric services to the UVA Health System Psychiatric Service Center, including inpatient and outpatient treatment, medical management, and consultation. Inpatient care is provided in a specialized Geriatric Psychiatry unit. A treatment team consisting of a Geriatric Psychiatrist, Geriatric Psychiatry fellow, psychiatric residents and nurses specialized in geriatrics along with activity therapy, and OT, offer superb geriatric care to the elderly patient. Two Geriatric Psychiatry Clinics are held at Northridge Clinic offering specialized expertise to the geriatric outpatient. Many are tertiary referrals, complicated cases referred from the surrounding region.

The Nursing Home service/Outreach Program provides consultative geriatric psychiatric services on-site to 10 long-term facilities (assisted living facilities and nursing home facilities) throughout central Virginia.

Education: The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship program has been ACGME accredited since 1996, The program is a one year fellowship program, approved for up to 3 fellows per year, but may have anywhere from 1-3 fellows per year. The Geriatric Psychiatry faculty members have primary responsibility for training and supervising the fellows in Geriatric Psychiatry, and are also primary supervisors for 3-5 general psychiatry residents per year. In addition, Dr. Holroyd is Vice Chair for Education; Program Director for the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship; and Associate Director of the Clinical Clerkships. The Geriatric Psychiatry faculty give multiple lectures within the Psychiatry Training Program.

Research: The Geriatric Psychiatry faculty is primarily clinically focused, however, all faculty are pursing their research interest and scholarly activity. Dr. Holroyd has been interested in psychosis and depression in the elderly, and has had continuous funding for her research. She has been the Principal Investigator on an NIH RO1 research grant on visual dysfunction and hallucinations in Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Bashir is interested in the area of attachment theory in the elderly. Dr. Thomas is interested in novel methods to deliver psychiatric medications and delirium .In addition, each Geriatric Psychiatry fellow is supervised in a research project during their fellowship. These projects cover a wide range or research topics across the field of Geriatric psychiatry.