Message From Chair

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health (PBH) at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). Our faculty and staff are dedicated to our mission of excellence in education, patient care, and research.

Faculty members participate in the education of a variety of learners. We are actively involved with our HWCOM medical students throughout all four years. We also educate Masters of Physician Assistant Studies Students and International Visiting Medical Students. Many of our faculty facilitate the development of psychiatric leaders of tomorrow by participating in the training of residents and fellows in the Citrus Health Network-FIU Psychiatry Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Programs.

PBH faculty psychiatrists and staff therapists deliver quality care in various clinical settings. Our clinicians provide expert, compassionate, and respectful clinical care integrated with teaching at our FIU Health Ambulatory Care Center. Florida International University is one of the largest universities by enrollment in the United States. Our faculty provide psychiatric services for this large population of students at the Student Health Service on both major campuses. Our behavioral health team embedded in the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program is providing services integrated with the primary care clinicians in this innovative community-based program. Additionally, faculty provide clinical care, education, and administrative leadership through a variety of affiliates.

Department faculty members are engaged in research exploring innovative interventions for early neurocognitive changes and the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for treatment-resistant depression. Other areas of focus include the integration of behavioral health in primary care, the social determinants of health, medical student well-being, and ways to improve the delivery and assessment of novel educational activities.

Our website provides an overview of the PBH, its activities and affiliations. We are proud of what we have accomplished over our first decade and excited about our future.  All of the members of the department remain committed to our mission and values and seek excellence in everything we do.

Daniel "Dr. C" Castellanos, MD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Founding Chair, Departmental of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health and Pediatrics