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Department of Psychiatry

Pioneering new approaches to neuroscience discovery

The Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine is committed to understanding the symptoms and neurobiological basis of mental illness and advancing psychiatric treatments through extensive involvement in basic and clinical research and patient care. The department is also involved with educating and training future leaders of psychiatry and behavioral science.
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The department offers a wide range of educational programs for various levels of learners including medical students, psychiatry residents and postdoctoral fellows.
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State-of-the-art technologies, including advanced brain imaging, genetic microarrays, stem cell preparations and animal knock out models, are used by the Department of Psychiatry to uncover the mechanisms of brain and behavioral disorders and introduce new treatments.
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Clinical Care

The faculty specializes in psychiatric treatment of adults, children and adolescents and provide care in both in-patient and outpatient settings across the Indianapolis region.
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Faculty Spotlight

The Department of Psychiatry recognizes the exemplary expertise of our distinguished faculty:

We salute Debomoy K. Lahiri, PhD, for his prestigious honor of Indiana University Distinguished Professor. This designation honors individuals whose research, scholarship, artistic, and literary accomplishments have transformed their fields.

Dr. Lahiri joined the IU School of Medicine in 1990 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and is currently a professor of neurobiology, psychiatry and medical and molecular genetics. He is a core leader and executive member of the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Research (AD) Center and a member of the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute. Lahiri serves as chief scientific advisor for Provaidya-LLC, on U.S. government committees, and on panels in France, India, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Lahiri’s research focuses on mechanisms of aging and longevity, origin and biogenesis of amyloid plaque, and gene regulation of AD, autism and bipolar disorder. Congratulations, Dr. Lahiri!

We also recognize the work of Rachel B. Yoder. Dr. Yoder is co-director for the Indiana Behavioral Health Access Program for Youth (Be Happy). She is responsible for the development of  the Family-Based Treatment program at Riley Hospital for Children where her team provides mental healthcare to children and their caregivers together. 

Debomoy K. Lahiri, PhD, MS, BS

Distinguished Professor

Rachel B. Yoder, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Advancing Neuroscience

“The Department of Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine is focused on training the next generation of leaders in psychiatry, furthering neuroscience discovery, and pioneering new approaches to the translation of these discoveries to the treatment of neurobehavioral disorders.”

—Thomas McAllister, MD, Department of Psychiatry Chair