Academic and Clinical Excellence

The Department of Psychiatry is in collaboration with a number of other health systems in the state of Vermont and offers a broad array of clinical services, from inpatient care to highly-specialized outpatient clinics and in-depth research focused on four major areas.



The Department offers a unique integrated child and adolescent residency training program emphasizing family-based pediatric psychiatry and research. A culture of curiosity and learning is evident in all our academic activities, from core medical student rotations to departmental conferences to resident seminars.



The Department has four main research areas: substance abuse, child psychiatry, public psychiatry, and neuroscience, all supported by numerous NIH grants. Our substance abuse research focuses on the behavioral and biological basis of dependence and the treatment of demographically-unique populations.


Patient Care

The Department provides psychiatric services in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. We also collaborate with a number of health systems. Faculty members include psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and other mental health professionals, all striving to deliver quality clinical care to individuals in Vermont and northern New York.


Faculty Spotlight

As psychiatrists, University of Vermont College of Medicine faculty members Isabelle Desjardins, M.D., and Sanchit Maruti, psychiatry resident ’10, deal with patients experiencing suicidal thoughts on a daily basis. A recent alert on national patient safety from non-profit health care organization accreditor The Joint Commission prompted Desjardins and Maruti to consider the safety of a much larger group of patients: the entire hospital population.

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