Georgia Regents University Summerville and Health Sciences Campuses (specifically the libraries and JSAC) will resume regular weekend operating hours on Sunday, Feb. 16 in preparation for normal student activities and classes on Monday, Feb. 17.

The Urban Bush Women performance scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 PM at the GRU Augusta Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville Campus, will take place as scheduled.

The Jaguars’ Peach Belt Conference basketball doubleheader with Columbus State (originally scheduled for Thursday) will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse on the Forest Hills Campus.

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Psychiatry and Health Behavior

We are a team of professionals committed to discovering and providing innovative solutions to mental health problems by: educating health professionals, providing compassionate service, advancing science and inspiring a love of learning. 

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  • Dr. Bayliss, Dr. Shendarkar and Dr. Sebastian won third place in the Joe and Hope Skobba Poster Presentation Competition! The title of the presentation is: "Do Some Patients Reach Toxic Clozapine Levels While On Standard Dosage? " The presentation will be displayed at the Winter CME Meeting of GPPA in Atlanta, and the winners will be recognized during the GPPA Awards Luncheon.bayliss poster

  • Drs. Peter Buckley and Brian Miller are the recipients of the 2014 American Psychiatric Association Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry. This award recognizes a senior researcher who has made a significant contribution to research on the causes and treatment of schizophrenia as both a researcher and a mentor. The award will be presented at the Convocation of Fellows program during the APA Annual Meeting in May 2014 in New York, NY.
  • Lara Stepleman, Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior and co-director of the Educational Innovation Institute, served as Chairperson for the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) special emphasis panels that convened this week to review applications for PS14-1403 “Capacity Building Assistance for High-Impact HIV Prevention.” Their charge was to perform a review of applications related to Community High-Impact Prevention (CHIP), a new initiative to further maximize prevention impact to reduce HIV infections and related morbidity, mortality, and health disparities across the United States and its territories. Over $200 million dollars is expected to be awarded from this initial funding opportunity announcement. 
  • Dr. Peter Buckley receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Medical Association of Georgia

  • The department is pleased to announce that Dr Ellyn Johnson has been selected as the next Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow.  The Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellowship provides the opportunity for one psychiatric resident, fellow, or early career psychiatrist per year to work in a congressional office on federal health policy.  Past fellows have helped develop legislative proposals, track and analyze legislative initiatives, arrange hearings, interact with constituents, and brief Members of Congress and their staff.  The fellowship is named in honor of the late Jeanne Spurlock, MD who was Deputy Medical Director of the APA Office of Minority/National Affairs and a staunch advocate for children and minority patients.  Ellyn will serve 6 months in Washington, DC starting in January.  She will continue to be part of our general psychiatry residency program while serving as a Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow.


    Congratulations Dr. Johnson!

  • Dr. Lara Stepleman, Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior and Co-Director of the Educational Innovation Institute was awarded, along with her team, a 3-year federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant for racial/ethnic minority women living with or at high risk for HIV/AIDS. Their project is entitled SHE PREVAILS: Supporting Health Engagement through Prevention, Recovery, & Empowerment Via Access, Intervention, & Linkage Services. The award will help to expand and enhance the system of care for African American women with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders who are at-risk or living with HIV residing in a 15-county area of Georgia and South Carolina surrounding Augusta, Georgia. This project will provide screening and referral services for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and a comprehensive program of treatment navigation, motivational interviewing, HIV risk reduction, and evidenced based treatment. 


 Welcome from the Chairman!

Hello, I am Vaughn McCall and thank you for signing on to the web site of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Our medical school, the Medical College of Georgia, is one of the oldest in the United States, and our department has an illustrious history.

If you are a patient, then I invite you to tour those portions of our web site devoted to clinical programs. Like many large academic departments, we offer services for a broad array of psychiatric and psychological problems both on an inpatient and an outpatient basis, and these can be found under our Clinical Programs Overview. However, our care is distinguished by our excellent patient satisfaction scores that come from patient surveys, and we are grateful that our patients see excellence in our work. We are also proud of Project Great, which is focused not only on helping our patients experience reductions in psychological symptoms, but more importantly recover from their illnesses with the hope of full integration back into a full life. The work of Project Great is facilitated by our peer specialists, who offer hope of recovery based upon their own experiences. More about these can be found in the relevant tabs.

If you are a medical student, we invite you to explore the tabs related to the medical student clerkship. Our psychiatry clerkship offers a wide variety of clinical experiences, including placements in psychiatric settings across the state of Georgia, assuring that students get a breadth of exposures to different types of psychiatric practice. Fourth year electives in psychiatry subspecialty areas are available.

If you are a prospective trainee in our general psychiatry, child psychiatry or psychology residencies, then please check out the relevant tabs under 'Residency Training'. We are proud to have a mix of different types of trainees under one roof and we know that each training program enriches the other. Our training programs offer inpatient and outpatient training at the main University Hospitals, as well as unique training experiences at the Veterans Administration Hospital, the East Central Regional State Hospital, the county jail and state prison systems and others.

Finally, a word about our research programs. This department has active research programs spanning general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and psychology. Areas of particular strength include both basic and clinical research in schizophrenia, mood disorders, electroconvulsive therapy, suicide, and insomnia.If you are a prospective faculty member, please note that the medical school and the department are anticipating continued growth well into the foreseeable future, and that clinical and academic opportunities are available for new faculty in a variety of settings and disciplines.

W. Vaughn McCall

If you are thinking about receiving care or training in our department, please know that we welcome all inquiries and would love to tell you more about life in Augusta, Georgia and the wonderful opportunities in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Georgia Regents University.

W. Vaughn McCall, M.D., M.S.
Professor and Case Distinguished Chairman
Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior








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