Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

Paul A. Newhouse, M.D., Director, Division of Geriatric PsychiatryNewhouse Pic 10-25 cropped_2.jpg

Welcome to the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry!


The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry is a joint division between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs-Tennessee Valley Health System.  We are focused on the prevention and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders of aging. Our efforts are directed towards providing outstanding clinical treatment, performing cutting edge research, and training the next generation of leaders in geriatric psychiatry.

We provide a range of clinical services including inpatient geriatric psychiatry treatment outpatient geriatric psychiatry clinic (Senior Assessment Clinic) at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and outpatient geriatric psychiatry clinics at the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Health Systems Medical Center.  In addition, we provide a comprehensive memory assessment and treatment services through the Vanderbilt Memory and Aging clinic.  Finally, we provide consultation both to inpatient hospital services and long-term-care facilities.

We have extensive involvement in graduate medical education. We have a fully accredited one year fellowship in geriatric psychiatry designed for those who have completed their general psychiatry training with a broad range of clinical and educational experiences as well as exposure to clinical research.  Faculty are also extensively involved with general psychiatry training and medical student education.

Research is a very important part of what we do and is primarily centered in the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine.   The Center’s mission is to study the underpinning and treatment of cognitive impairment in neuropsychiatric disorders.   Studies in the Center include new treatment development for Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment (MCI), studies of structural brain changes in late life depression, The impact of life stress on emotional circuitry in the brain, treatment of chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment, and the impact of chronic HIV infection on cognitive functioning, to name a few. 

Research and teaching collaborations are extensive and include the Vanderbilt Division of Geriatric Medicine, Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, the VA Geriatric Research Education Center, the Vanderbilt Schools of Nursing and Engineering, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, and many others.

I encourage you to explore our Division webpages.  Please contact me with any questions or requests for additional information.