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The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida in the College of Medicine is one of the largest multifaceted programs, centered within a major academic health center.

The UF Department of Psychiatry is a leader in innovative, evidence-based treatment programs for a variety of mental health and substance use disorders. Treatment teams within UF Health Psychiatry specialize in dual diagnosis. They are experienced in managing treatment plans for multiple co-occurring disorders. Clinical faculty, fellows and residents provide subspecialty care using transcranial magnetic stimulation, parent-child interaction therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and specific treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder and addiction. 

We are nationally recognized for our research on addiction, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, physicians and health professionals substance abuse, Tourette’s disorder, basic and clinical psychopharmacology, neuroimmunology, gene-environment interactions in abnormal repetitive movements, dynamic functional magnetic resonance imaging and proteomics.

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By the Numbers

6 UF Health offers psychiatric and addiction services at six locations, five in Gainesville and one in Vero Beach.

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$8 Million The UF Department of Psychiatry receives approximately $8 million in grant funding annually.

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80 UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital is an 80-bed free-standing psychiatric hospital located on a private, picturesque, 18-acre campus in northwest Gainesville.

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81 UF Health Florida Recovery Center is an 81-bed, free standing addiction treatment facility located on a private campus in east Gainesville.

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Mission Statement

Our members:

  1. Provide comprehensive, evidence-based, multidisciplinary holistic care that is at the forefront of scientific discovery and results in equitable, high quality assessment of and treatment for our patients and their families. Our work is guided by the highest standards of patient safety and by our dedication to ongoing quality improvement. Through our systems of care model, we aim to help our patients achieve wellness, become full and contributing members of their families, community and society, and live their lives to the fullest.
  • Foster a training program that spans from undergraduate to continuing professional education in an environment that encompasses both the bench and the bedside and is informed by the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Our model is designed to teach professionals from a variety of disciplines to provide outstanding care for individuals with psychiatric illness or other illness impacted by biopsychosocial factors. It incorporates objective indicators of competence, ethics, multidisciplinary and holistic approaches to care, and inculcation of the professional attitudes and practices necessary to be a successful health care provider, and also extends to the continued professional development of our teaching faculty.
  • Act as and cultivate thought leaders in basic, translational, clinical, psychotherapeutic, and educational research, with concentrated efforts on the neurobiological and psychosocial modulators of psychiatric illness, substance use disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and behavioral dysfunction across the lifespan. Through our research and by training the next generation of researchers in these areas, we aim to integrate emerging findings in neurobiological and behavioral science into the clinical arena and advances in educational research into our teaching, thereby serving to enhance health outcomes.
  • Advocate for the well-being and mental health needs of our patients and their families, our community, and our society. Through intentional use of our collective voices and expertise, we aim to collaborate with community organizations and advocates, policy makers, and other engaged individuals  to reduce stigma, increase acceptance, and promote parity for those with mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
  • Promote and accelerate academic and clinical excellence through encouraging collaborative team-based initiatives in all of our mission areas. We hold as a core principle the inclusion and encouragement of diversity of both persons and perspectives to foster innovative and wide-ranging ideas and viewpoints. We strive for a culture of equity and respect among all members of our department, be they colleagues or collaborators, faculty, staff, or trainees.  

In all that we do, members of the UF Department of Psychiatry strive to embody our values:

communication, integrity, competency, reliability, knowledge, and respect.