About the Department
The Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to outstanding research, education and service focused on major psychiatric disorders and mental well being. We strive to further new, readily useful knowledge in neuroscience, prevention, and social and clinical areas that will benefit people with mental illnesses, their families and communities. We are committed to UIC's urban mission to provide service, education and research that enhances lives. We deliver the highest quality mental health services with sensitivity and respect to the patient and her/his family. We are dedicated to mental health research to ameliorate illness until cure is found and ultimately to prevent illness and disorder. We are dedicated to instilling in our students and trainees cutting-edge knowledge and skills, respect for patients, and the values of a health professional in a just and humane society.
Department of Psychiatry’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of patients with mental disorders through excellence in clinical service, education and research. We strive to generate and further knowledge in all aspects of mental health research, including basic and clinical neuroscience, prevention, intervention and health services, in order to benefit people with mental illnesses, their families, and the local, state, national, and international communities.
The guiding vision for the UIC Department of Psychiatry is EXCELLENCE. We strive to be one of the best in the country, in the core components of academic medicine – research, teaching and patient care. These components are becoming increasingly inter-connected. The integration of preclinical research with clinical approaches and methods forms the conceptual basis of ‘translational science’ and its application to clinical medicine, including psychiatry. We seek to attract the brightest students into our training programs, and the best minds and most humane clinicians to our faculty. We strive to ameliorate illness and its impacts on individuals, families and communities while working towards the prevention of illness and disorder, and the development of future cures. It is a privilege to be a part of academic medicine and be able to concurrently serve the community, train the next generation, and generate new knowledge. Every day is special with such a focus. We are dedicated to that common sense of purpose and vision that brings us together as a community.
Our mission guided by values
In research, education and clinical work.
With all who can advance our mission at UIC and UIUC, the medical district and institutions worldwide.
In all its forms — from students, to areas of research, to collaborative partners — as a means to higher quality of health care for all.
INNOVATION AND TRANSLATION
Of new knowledge and new approaches to disease and health care delivery.
INTEGRITY AND COMMITMENT
To the people we work with as patients, research subjects, communities and our own students, faculty and staff.
THE PROMISE OF HOPE
For our patients and supporters by striving toward cures for diseases that have plagued humankind for millennia.