Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DPBS) was established in 1984. It is one of the seven clinical departments of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM).  The Department's mission is aligned with the overall vision of MSM, "Leading the Creation and Advancement of Health Equity". The Department has a longstanding commitment to addressing behavioral health disparities through accredited training programs, comprehensive patient care service, including collaborative care in primary care settings. We are actively engaged in health disparites research, ongoing scholarly activity and community education, outreach, and advocacy.

Our comprehensive undergraduate and graduate medical education programs are designed to provide a diverse clinical experience in multiple settings.  Our dynamic and experienced faculty are committed to the indivdual professional growith of each student, resident, and fellow.  

Gail A. Mattox, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A, D.L.F.A.A.C.AP,
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences was established in 1984 as one of seven major clinical departments.  Its philosophy embraces the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, excellence and service via a synthesis of educational, clinical and research programs. There is an emphasis on training minority professionals in the bio-psychosocial model. A combination of public and private facilities is used to expose residents and students to a variety of patient populations and psychiatric disorders throughout training.


The department's mission closely parallels that of the school:

  • To support the mission of MSM in teaching the applied behavioral sciences to medical students and graduate students.
  • To provide a comprehensive clinical program in the medical specialty of psychiatry, with emphasis on community psychiatry and service in the public sector.
  • To provide postgraduate residency training in psychiatry at the interface of psychiatry and primary care medicine.
  • To promote scholarly activity, community education and meaningful research.