About Us

The Department of Psychiatry is one of the original departments in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, which was founded in 1967. We are known for our focus on community-based mental health care and our multidisciplinary approach to the medical/psychiatry interface.

The Department of Psychiatry is comprised of more than 40 full-time faculty, along with 17 faculty affiliates at the Veteran's Administration and more than 70 community associate faculty.

Our Mission

The Department of Psychiatry leads efforts to comprehensively prevent and treat psychiatric disorders, conduct cutting-edge research, and prepare future clinicians through rigorous, experiential education. Our commitment to social justice and anti-racism focuses our dedication to serving Southern Arizona’s diverse patient populations.

Our Vision

The Department of Psychiatry strives to improve health through applied scientific research, rigorous education and training, responsive community outreach, and compassionate service that is inclusive, equitable, anti-racist, and dedicated to social justice.

Academic Programs

The Department sponsors an ACGME fully accredited Residency program, along with ACGME accredited Fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine Psychiatry. Our Department also has an Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship, however it is not ACGME accredited. 


Our strong research programs in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences provide a clinical and investigative program focused on improving treatments for and understanding the biology of mood and anxiety disorders, studies of risk factors for depression, and investigation of emotional and social influences on cancer and heart disease. Additional research focuses on geriatric psychosis, memory loss, and Alzheimer's Disease, first-episode psychosis, forensic psychiatry, and the medical/psychiatric interface. In addition to the scientific research produced, the program provides ongoing community education and public outreach to providers, families, and those with mental illnesses.

Patient Care

We deliver both inpatient and outpatient care at Banner – University Medical Center South (BUMC-S), 2800 E Ajo Way, and outpatient care at the Whole Health Clinic, 535 N Wilmot Rd. Watch this video to learn more about our facilities at BUMC-S, and this video to learn more about the Whole Health Clinic.