The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health provides clinical services, training and educational programs, and research and partners with community organizations to improve mental health in South Florida.
Some of our research initiatives include innovative interventions for early neurocognitive changes, the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and SPRAVATO for treatment-resistant depression, and the integration of behavioral health in primary care and mental health in older people across cultures.
To address Florida’s urgent need to improve children’s access to quality behavioral health services, we partner with the Florida Department of Health to offer local pediatricians consultation for their child and adolescent patients with behavioral health issues.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC1-348 Miami, FL 33199
Faculty psychiatrists and clinical therapists provide outpatient behavioral health services including the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders and referral to appropriate community resources.
Services for the general community, including children, adolescents, and adults, are available at the FIU Health Faculty Group Practice on the main university campus. We’re able to promptly schedule appointments to accommodate patient need, as well as offer on-site labs and treatment with long-acting injectable antipsychotics.
To schedule an appointment with one of our psychiatry and behavioral health experts at FIU Health, please call 305-348-3627 to learn more about the treatments we offer and the conditions we commonly treat.
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Medication management
- Individual, group and family psychotherapy
- Treatment with clozapine
- Administration of long-acting injectable antipsychotics
- Pharmacogenetic testing
- Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
- SPRAVATO® (esketamine)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- Depression, including treatment-resistant depression
- Dual diagnosis
- Obsessive compulsive disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders
Affiliated hospitals & organizations
- AGAPE Network
- Camillus House & Health
- Citrus Health Network
- Fort Lauderdale Hospital
- Memorial Regional Hospital and Medical Center
- Miami VA Healthcare System
- Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
- Smith Community Mental Health
- Southern Winds Hospital
Additional Clinical Services
We also provide services for members enrolled in the College of Medicine’s signature community outreach program, the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP.
If you are interested in helping the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine expand access to behavioral health services in pediatric primary care settings, please inquire about our Clinical Service Contracts.
Education & Training
Psychiatry and Behavioral Health faculty teach medical students across the 4-year curriculum and coordinate and oversee student rotations in the psychiatry clerkship at 9 clinical sites. They also provide clinical training for students in the College of Medicine's Master in Physician Assistant Studies program. And we offer 4th-year psychiatry elective rotations for our International Visiting Medical Students.
Department faculty also participate across all years of training in the Citrus Health Network-FIU Psychiatry Residency Program, the first such program sponsored by a Federally Qualified Health Center, and a model for outpatient and community-based training. Residents actively participate in clinical quality improvement through their psychiatry and primary care rotations at Citrus Health Network and medicine and neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Clinical trial for patients with Alzheimer's disease
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute are collaborating on a clinical trial for patients with Alzheimer's disease. The principal investigators are psychiatrist Dr. Patricia Junquera and neurosurgeon Dr. Michael McDermott.
The study uses low-intensity focused ultrasound (LIFU) to disrupt brain changes that lead to the neuron damage that causes memory and cognitive problems in patients. First, the patient is evaluated by Dr. Junquera at FIU Health to determine if their dementia is caused by Alzheimer's and not due to other issues. The evaluation includes a battery of psychological tests and can take several hours. And a caretaker or family member must be present.
Next, the patient is seen at Baptist Hospital, where Dr. McDermott performs additional medical and imaging tests. If the patient meets the requirements to participate in the study, they will undergo a procedure to attach a stereotactic frame to the scalp under local anesthesia.
The ultrasound waves are directed to pre-determined areas of the brain using an MRI for guidance. Patients are observed for several hours and are also seen the next day.
The study involves three treatments, two weeks apart. Patients will repeat imaging and psychological testing after each session and at checkpoints along the way.