Chairman's Message

Chairman's Message

Photograph of Dr. Allan Tasman, Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville. As you look through our website, I feel confident that you will be impressed by the developments in our department and the wide range of activities in which our faculty participate. The information you will find reflects our faculty’s hard work and dedication to providing the highest quality in all aspects of academic psychiatry. I am pleased to have continued to guide the department through this important period in our history.

We continue to have one of the strongest Medical Student Education programs in the country. The recruitment of our own UofL medical students into careers in psychiatry has averaged nearly twice the national average over the last two decades. Our Clinical Clerkship in Psychiatry is one of the highest rated, year after year, in the entire School of Medicine.

Our Residency Program and Fellowships continue to thrive. We are one of the only University Psychiatry Residency programs in our region which did not downsize during the recruitment problem in the 1990s, and we continue to maintain a strong recruitment record. Two of our faculty members are past presidents of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, giving us a wealth of insight and expertise about state of the art training. We have also recently expanded our Child Psychiatry Training Program, pur Addiction Fellowship, and have implemented a Psychosomatics fellowship, and are planning to develop new fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry.

Research development over the last eight years has been substantial in the department, with our national ranking for federal funding for the last three years, the highest in our department's 80 year history. In 2008, we implemented the University of Louisville Depression Center, only the third University designated center of excellence in depression in the country. We are extremely pleased to have been invited to be one of only fourteen founding members of the National Network of Depression Centers ( We have worked with the Department of Pediatrics and other departments in the University to develop a University-wide Center for Autism. .

Our clinical programs have continued to thrive and expand. A number of new clinical programs have been developed within our service at the Louisville Veterans Administration Medical Center. Our ambulatory visits in our Health Sciences Center hospital programs have doubled in the last five years and we continue to develop a variety of new subspecialty programs. In July, 2008 we opened a new 15,000 square foot Faculty Practice Service as part of the Medical School’s new comprehensive, multi-specialty, Faculty Practice. In addition, we are expanding our programs in Women’s Mental Health, Memory Disorders, Geropsychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, PsychoOncology, and Addictions.

In summary, I think that you can see that this has been a time of great accomplishment in our department, but we are not resting on our laurels. We continue to plan for the future and believe that there remains tremendous potential for growth.


Allan Tasman, MD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Schwab Endowed Chair in Social, Community, and Family Psychiatry
Immediate Past Secretary for Education, World Psychiatric Association
Past President, American Psychiatric Association
Past President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training