Our Mission

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The Mission of the Michigan State University’s Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is to serve the people of the state of Michigan in 4 key areas: patient care, education, research, and service to the community. We will accomplish these goals in the following ways:

  • Patient care – we will strive to practice psychiatric medicine using the strongest evidence-based approaches available for the betterment of people and their families suffering from mental illnesses and do so with a spirit of collegiality and mutual respect.
  • Education – we will educate the public about the nature and cause of mental illness, raise awareness about effective treatments, and work to decrease stigmatization of these illnesses.  We will teach our trainees using proven, evidence-based methods for the care of patients with psychiatric illness.
  • Research – we will work to uncover the basic biochemical underpinnings of mental illness at the molecular, cellular, neurocircuit, organ and organism levels, working always for the betterment of the people we serve.  We will use best scientific practice to conduct ethical research in all spheres.
  • Service – we will work with patients, families, advocacy groups, lawmakers and other willing parties to ensure both understanding and rightful care of those suffering from mental illness.