Welcome From the Chair

Psychiatry is changing. The emergence of new knowledge provides opportunities for improved diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. It is our mission to translate these discoveries into clinical practice.

This website is an introduction to our department. You will find helpful information on our research, patient care services and training programs for medical students, psychiatry residents and fellows.

We provide inpatient care to children, adolescents, and adults in the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH), an 106-bed facility on the campus of the Vanderbilt Medical Center. The neighboring Veterans Administration Hospital, across a small courtyard from our campus, is a training site for our medical students and residents.

Our research portfolio includes clinical, translational and preclinical studies of brain and behavior. The research community at Vanderbilt is ideal for us, with many resources and outstanding faculty in the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Sciences and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

The department-sponsored Grand Rounds series provides community-wide education on mental health, with renowned faculty from both Vanderbilt and other institutions.

We look forward to meeting you.


Dr. Heckers Seated

Stephan Heckers, MD, MSc

Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
William P. and Henry B. Test Chair in Schizophrenia Research