Department of Psychiatry Chairman & Residency Training Director
Welcome to the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Department of
This is an exciting time for Psychiatry, particularly at UCONN! Our field is poised to improve care for patients using evidenced-based biological and psychological treatments that relieve symptoms and improve functioning and quality of life. At UCONN, our goal is to provide quality state-of-the-art care in both the public and private sectors and to train and develop clinicians and clinician scientists who are clinically adept and culturally sensitive in a variety of settings. We are committed to serving as a resource to community, State, and Federal systems, and to helping those most in need. Further, we strive to integrate Psychiatry with Primary and Specialty Care. Our approach is multi-disciplinary and focuses on both the individual patient and the family context.
Our faculty are dedicated to the development of meaningful research projects to advance clinical care and the underlying science of Psychiatry. We focus on models of adult learning in our educational and training programs for medical students and residents. A shared responsibility for learning helps us keep our focus on improving clinical skills.
From its founding more than 35 years ago, the department continues to evolve as any dynamic academic department should. As the only University-based Psychiatry Department and training program in Central Connecticut, we remain dedicated to the fundamental elements required of a contemporary academic Department of Psychiatry. With the newly implemented Bioscience Connecticut initiative, over the next few years we will see improvements to our physical infrastructure, an expansion of our Psychiatry faculty, and a new focus on personalized mental health care that will use modern, evidence-informed assessments and advances in science.
While we anticipate with great excitement these new changes, we are also mindful of the need to maintain an excellent framework for training, clinical service delivery, research, and community outreach that have been the hallmarks of our Department.
In the material that follows, you will learn some things about us. We are proud of our established Psychiatry Residency program. In addition, we are excited about our growing Child and Adolescent Psychiatry division fellowship and solid clinical and basic science research programs in addiction medicine, PTSD, and psychopharmacology, just to name a few of our many positive features.
We hope you will be intrigued by what you read and will take the time to come visit us. Please, give us a call or write us. We look forward to your inquiries and to meeting you!
Jonathan Covault, MD, PhD
David C. Steffens, MD, MHS