Best Psychiatry Schools in the United States

Read about fellowship and residency programs in psychiatry. Learn what three of the top schools have to offer in terms of areas of specialization and reputation, and find a table that lists other universities that provide training for prospective psychiatrists.

School Information

Medical students can specialize in psychiatry by participating in paid postgraduate residencies, which are offered by psychiatry schools in conjunction with local medical facilities. After residency, some psychiatry schools offer additional training through research or sub-specialty fellowship programs. Top schools for aspiring psychiatrists include Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Each of these schools has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Top U.S. Schools with Psychiatry Programs

1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

As of 2012, Johns Hopkins was ranked as the top psychiatric hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 2011, it was also designated as a 'Best Northeastern College' and 'Best Value Private College' by The Princeton Review. Once accepted, students can pursue a residency in adolescent or general psychiatry.

As residents, students gain hands-on skills in a variety of clinical settings while studying several subjects in psychiatry. In addition to research fellowships, residents can pursue specialty fellowships in clinical neuropsychology, anxiety disorders and behavioral sleep studies, as well as geriatric psychiatry and pharmacology.

2. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor placed fourth on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public schools for 2012. Part of the University of Michigan Health System, the Department of Psychiatry offers both residency and training programs in a number of psychiatric fields. In addition to general psychiatry, residents can specialize in addiction, child and adolescent, forensic or geriatric psychiatry, as well as psychosomatic medicine. Training programs in substance abuse research, clinical social work and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are also offered; university research activities include psychotherapeutic methods and treatment of depession, anxiety and other disorders.

3. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

A member of the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) had one of the nation's best psychiatric hospitals in 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report. Those who want to study psychiatry at UPenn can pursue a 4-year general residency with additional specializations in psychiatric research, psychotherapy or community psychology. Students take part in training seminars, case conferences and clinical rotations, gaining skills in behavioral, marital and cognitive psychotherapy. Additionally, the school has received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that fund fellowships and training programs, such as the Clinical Research Scholars Program.

List of Ten Excellent Psychiatry Schools in the United States

School Name Distinction Location
Boston University Fellowships are offered in psychosomatic medicine and addiction Boston, MA
Duke University Twelve psychiatric research groups, including the Schizophrenia Research Group, are administered jointly by scientists from the Singapore Institute of Mental Health Durham, NC
Johns Hopkins University Treats the highest percentage of psychiatric patients in Maryland Baltimore, MD
Stanford University Grand Rounds program for psychiatry students Stanford, CA
University of California - Los Angeles Home to the Stewart & Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Los Angeles, CA
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Houses the country's first center for depression studies Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry is part of the oldest medical school in the country Philadelphia, PA
University of Virginia Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences Clerkship program Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington - Seattle Department of Psychiatry is part of the ground-breaking IMPACT trials, which is the largest study ever conducted on depression Seattle, WA
Yale University Had the number one program in alcohol and drug abuse in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2012 New Haven, CT

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