The Department of Psychiatry faculty includes teams of expert psychiatrists and psychologists. Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MD or DO degrees) who diagnose psychiatric disorders and treat these conditions with medications and psychotherapy. Psychologists have doctoral degrees in psychology (PhD or PsyD degrees) and perform psychological testing, diagnose psychiatric disorders and provide psychotherapy.
The range of clinical services provided by the Department of Psychiatry spans all ages, from children and adolescents to seniors cared for in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Faculty members also provide integrated care within primary care clinics, working closely with the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine and IU Health.
In the last few decades, psychiatric care has become increasingly complex and specialized. Research has focused on developing treatments that are shown to be effective in clinical studies, known as evidence-based care. As psychiatry has grown more complex, many IU School of Medicine psychiatry faculty members are subspecialized, focusing on providing such state-of-the-art, evidence-based care for a particular psychiatric disorder or group of disorders. This allows patients to work with psychiatric teams with the most experience in treating specific disorders with medication, psychotherapy or specialty procedures.