Advancing mental health across the lifespan

Mazen Kheirbek, PhD, studies neuronal circuits that generate emotional behavior.
Exploring the future of mental health

We are a world leader in research with a deep and distinguished record of achievement spanning more than half a century. Our world-class psychiatrists, psychologists, and neuroscientists are dedicated to the discovery of better treatments, prevention strategies, and cures for neuropsychiatric disorders. Operating in one of the premier biomedical research institutions in the world, our research faculty members are conducting state of the art basic, clinical, and translational research aimed at improving the care of people with mental illness.

Leading expert clinicians like Petra Steinbuchel, MD, treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and other locations across the Bay Area.
Patient Care
Compassionate, world-class care for everyone

We provide compassionate and effective mental health care for adults, adolescents, and children at treatment centers and community-based programs across San Francisco, Oakland, and Northern California. Our experts are dedicated to providing outstanding care for all ages and social groups, and we can help you.

Members of the Public Psychiatry Fellowship participate in direct delivery of care to homeless patients and vulnerable other populations.
Training the next generation of leaders in mental health

Our department is nationally recognized for its many outstanding educational programs in medical school, residency programs and clinical fellowships, research fellowships, and continuing medical education. At UCSF, trainees have the opportunity to engage in transformational research and clinical learning opportunities to prepare them for impactful careers in a wide array of specialities and fields of interest.

Welcome to the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The field of psychiatry has entered a tremendously exciting period of discovery that promises to revolutionize how we define, understand, treat, and prevent mental illness. The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are committed to playing a leading role in both creating and disseminating this new knowledge.

Since our founding in 1943, we have been a leading academic and clinical resource in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Our faculty and trainees are recognized for leadership in comprehensive patient care, pioneering research that spans from the bench to the community, excellence in training the next generation of leaders, and their important contributions to mental health services both nationally and globally. Together, we share a deep commitment to advancing mental health across the entire life span.