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.
- 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. Ellyn Johnson elected to American Psychiatric Association as an Assembly Representative for Minority Fellowship Program
- 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.
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.
Activities and Events
2013 Chair Summit, Tampa, Florida
Dr. Vaughn W. McCall during the 2013 Chair Summit in Tampa, Florida
Lecture: Sleep and Bipolar Disorder
PGY-III Resident, Dr. Surya makes invited Presentation at the 2013 Chair Summit, Tampa, Florida
Dr. Sandarsh Surya is pictured below -right giving his presentation on "Stimulus variables as risk factors in spinal fracture with ECT: Clues from an animal model"
Andrade C, Chethan KB, Surya S, Nagesh KS, Hegde RP, Chandra JS. Stimulus variables as risk factors in spinal fracture with ECT: Clues from an animal model. Abstract presentation at Neuroscience CME, 6th annual Chair Summit, Tampa, FL. Sept 2013.
The "Psychletes" participate in the Color Run, Augusta, Georgia
- 88.3 WAFJ is collecting toys in an effort to help bring comfort to the patients treated at Children’s Hospital of Georgia each year.
- Children’s Hospital of Georgia patient Emma Rhae Taylor has been named the 2013 Georgia Champion by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
- A faultily formed memory sounds like hitting random notes on a keyboard while a proper one sounds more like a song, scientists say.