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.

1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

School Highlight: Johns Hopkins treats the highest percentage of psychiatric patients in Maryland.

As of 2015, Johns Hopkins was ranked as having the third best psychiatric hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 2015, it was also designated as a 'Best Northeastern College' and 'College That Pays You Back' 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

School Highlight: The school houses the country's first center for depression studies.

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor placed fourth on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public schools for 2015. 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 depression, anxiety and other disorders.

3. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: The Department of Psychiatry is part of the oldest medical school in the country.

A member of the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) had one of the nation's best psychiatric hospitals in 2015, 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.

Top Psychiatry Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Boston University Fellowships are offered in psychosomatic medicine and addiction Boston, MA
Duke University Ten psychiatric research topics include schizophrenia, nicotine research, addictions and sleep disorders Durham, NC
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 Virginia The school is a pioneer in telepsychiatry and tele-mental health services 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 Research areas include addiction, aging, genetics, stress and women's behavioral health New Haven, CT

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