Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
College of Human Medicine

MSU-CHM Division of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine: Power Through Collaborations

The Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is the teaching, research, and patient care arm for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in West Michigan. The division physician faculty are committed to educating Michigan State University medical students, conducting ground-breaking research, and caring for the people of western Michigan who are suffering with mental health and substance use disorders.

The Division of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is a growing academic psychiatry program in a place known for the last 100 years for providing excellent clinical care.  We are combining the resources of Michigan State University, a research-1, Big Ten university, with the clinical strengths of our partner teaching hospital, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, one of the five largest free-standing psychiatric providers in the United States, and the Van Andel Institute, a top-tier private research institute, to make incredible breakthroughs in psychiatry.  In this short film, we hope to introduce you to a few of our faculty, and highlight our growing clinical-translational research programs in depression and first episode psychosis as well as our new, state-of-the-art training facilities for residents and fellows.

mHealth and the Future of Mental Health Care

Presentation Objectives:

  • Describe the use of mobile technology among people with serious mental illness.
  • Outline the differences between three mHealth intervention approaches.
  • Explain the evidence supporting the effectiveness of mHealth interventions.


Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD

Dr. Ben-Zeev is the Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Co-Director of the Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington.  He is also the founding Director of the mHealth for Mental Health Program at Dartmouth College/University of Washington.


Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m.)


Pine Rest Postma Center
300 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548


$25 general; Pine Rest and MSU Staff no charge.


Sept. 4, 2019.  Seating is limited.

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Pine Rest chosen to participant in National Institute on Aging study

A five-year study will investigate the use of ECT to treat sever agitation and aggression in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Louis Nykamp, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at MSU College of Human Medicine, will be serving as the Pine Rest principal investigator for this study.

“It is wonderful to have this grant from the National Institute on Aging. We have been interested in the use of ECT for the treatment of advanced dementia for many years and have been offering this treatment to patients and families for a long time,” says Eric Achtyes, MD, MS, DFAPA, staff psychiatrist, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, and associate professor and chair of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine's Department of Psychiatry West.  

Read more about the National Institute on Aging study

Schizophrenia patients more willing to manage symptoms using smartphones

Dr. Eric Achtyes, associate professor and chair of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine's Department of Psychiatry West, has found that most patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorder are willing to use a smartphone application to help manage their symptoms, including after regular clinic hours.

“Individuals with serious mental illness can and do interact frequently with a mobile health app that provides added support to help them manage their illness,” said Achtyes. The app FOCUS is not intended to replace clinicians, Achtyes said, but is “meant to fill in those gaps” when professional help is not readily available.

Read more about managing symptoms using smartphones

Studying the Ethical Development and Use of PEIs

The U.S. National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative awarded a four-year, $1,414,478 grant to a group of Michigan State University researchers, include Dr. Achtyes. The team will guide the ethical development and use of psychiatric electroceutical interventions (PEIs) and study the concerns, beliefs and attitudes of PEIs among psychiatrists, patients and other groups. Read more