Eric Achtyes, MD, MS

Image of Dr.AchtyesEric D. Achtyes, MD, MS, is a staff psychiatrist and researcher holding appointments at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Cherry Street Health Services and Network180, all located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. 

Dr. Achtyes received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Calvin College in 1997, a Master of Science degree from the University of Washington, in Seattle in 1998, and his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor in 2003. He then completed a transitional internship in internal medicine at the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2004 before completing his adult psychiatry residency training at the MGH/McLean/Harvard program in Boston, Massachusetts in 2007.

Dr. Achtyes’ main research interests include improving treatment for patients with schizophrenia and depression. He has served as an investigator on more than a dozen clinical trials including several NIMH, NIAAA and NIDA sponsored studies and his work has been published in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, JAMA Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He also practices Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), sees patients in a local community mental health clinic in Grand Rapids, and serves as the Behavioral Health Medical Director for Network180, the community mental health authority for Kent County, home to more than 600,000 Michigan residents. Dr. Achtyes has participated in medical relief work in India, Vietnam, Ethiopia and the Ukraine. Dr. Achtyes currently serves as President of the Michigan Psychiatric Society, representing patients and physicians across the state of Michigan.


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