With expert help and support, you can achieve and maintain good, balanced mental health.

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa is renowned for its expertise in caring for individuals suffering from major mental illness. Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, occupational and recreational therapists, and social workers who are dedicated to helping patients reach their potential and lead happy, productive lives.

From inpatient to outpatient, we provide comprehensive care to children, adolescents, adults and older adults in a safe, comfortable, and confidential setting.

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Wellness, Prevention and Intervention Services

Mindfulness Programs

Fostering Mental, Emotional and Physical Well-being

Stress is a normal part of life. When it becomes too much a part of daily life, it can cause, or make worse, serious physical and mental illnesses and impact the quality of life.Meditation has long been used to help people optimally cope with life’s stressors and enhance well-being. Over the past few decades, a substantial evidence-base has emerged demonstrating the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation practice in dealing with stress, as well as for the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders.Research also increasingly supports the integration of mindfulness in the treatment of physical conditions such as chronic pain, heart disease, and others. The University of Iowa's Department of Psychiatry offers an opportunity for you to be an active participant in your health and well-being throughongoing mindfulness meditation programsfor peoplewith and without identified health issues.

Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service

The Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service (WWCS) provides state of the art evaluation and treatment of those mental health problems that are unique to women, especially around issues of pregnancy and childbirth and the post-partum period.

Family Medicine-Psychiatry

There is increasing recognition nationally of the importance of collaborative care models which integrate psychiatric and primary care. The University of Iowa is one of only a handful of academic medical centers nationally that offer a combined residency training program in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and clinical services that aim to integrate care for those with co-morbid mental health and medical conditions.

Academics and Research

The Department of Psychiatry is committed to transforming the understanding, prevention, detection, and treatment of major mental illness through its extensive research and educational initiatives.

Why Choose Us?

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa offers the most comprehensive mental health services in the state. Skilled psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, occupational and recreational therapists, and social workers comprise multidisciplinary teams that provide state-of-the-art care for patients.

  • The department was the first psychiatric department to be established west of the Mississippi River.
  • The department is made up of more than 80 full-time faculty members who provide national and international leadership on a range of psychiatric disorders and disciplines.
  • The department is ranked #19 in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding, has over 65 research initiatives in progress, and publishes over 150 scientific papers annually.
  • The department pioneered the use of brain imaging technology to better understand the physiological changes that surround psychiatric disorders.

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