Department of Psychiatry Education & Research

The Department of Psychiatry views education as one of the conceptual cornerstones of our care delivery model.  Education is a dynamic process that supports the mission and vision of JPS Health Network. Learning is broadly defined as a change in behavior or perception in light of new information and education is the mechanism by which this learning process occurs. We believe behavioral healthcare is scientifically based and artfully practiced. We value the transformational power of education for our patients and their families and our behavioral healthcare team.

As healthcare providers, we often seek to impart new information to our patients as we support their unique journeys to recovery and resiliency.  In turn as professionals, we ourselves are called to a lifelong process of learning through education as we seek to deliver innovative clinical care which meets the needs of a dynamic population within an ever-evolving environment of care. We further value fostering innovation and the generation of new knowledge through active encouragement of clinical research and scholarly activities.

In addition to our dedication to education, the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Department’s Mental Sciences Institute supports mental health research. The Institute aims to address investigational activities focused on improving mental health diagnostics, treatments and service delivery here at JPS.  Supported research efforts are applied and practical, involving Implementation of evidence-based practices, quality improvement projects and other refinements to existing practice. Furthermore, the Institute provides mentorship and research experiences for students (i.e. MD/DO, Physician Assistants, Psychology and Nursing students) interested in mental health services issues such as the processes and delivery of mental health care and outcomes evaluation for the Behavioral Health Service as a whole.

JPS has a long tradition as a teaching hospital which prepares the next generation of providers for behavioral healthcare. The Department of Psychiatry partners with medical education as we sponsor a residency program for specialization in psychiatry as well as clinical rotations for medical students and internships for physician assistant and nurse practitioner students. Our department also partners with regional universities and community colleges to provide clinical experience for nursing, social work and first responder students. Our deep connection to education and research defines our present and fuels our journey forward into the future.