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About Us

About the department

The Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is dedicated to the provision of first-rate patient care, outstanding medical education, comprehensive training and innovative research. Our graduates are trained to approach patient care with a full understanding of the biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence mental illness and treatment.. 

Located in sunny Orange County, California, UC Irvine Medical Center is the only university hospital and level I trauma center in the county.

UC Irvine Medical Center offers both acute and general care services to the entire county. It serves a diverse patient population, which allows our residents to have a broad range of training experiences. The medical center is main training site for the UC Irvine School of Medicine, giving our residents the opportunity and be directly involved in the supervision, education and mentoring of the UC Irvine medical students.

The UC Irvine Department of Psychiatry has an international reputation for its basic science and clinical research. Our faculty research ranges from stem cells and biomarkers to genetics, brain imaging and drug discovery.

Areas of interest include schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s dementia and cognitive impairment, affective disorders and circadian cycle research. For more than a decade, our department has been hosting the UC Irvine International Imaging Genetics Conference. Our residents have ample opportunities to get involved in research project and receive mentoring from our research faculty.

Our mission

The University of California, Irvine Adult Psychiatry Residency Program aims to provide 360-degree psychiatry specialty training by exposing the residents to the challenges and opportunities of caring for an ethically and culturally diverse population. We are the flagship psychiatry provider in Orange County, part of a nationally recognized medical center and internally recognized university.

As such, our mission shall be:

  • To form adult psychiatrists with expertise in the practice of evidence-based, culturally sensitive, patient-centered, individualized psychiatry
  • To develop the values of professionalism, empathy, flexibility and responsibility in our trainees
  • To train psychiatrists well versed in the critical appraisal and application of the research method in behavioral studies
  • To foster the development of leaders in clinical, academic and administrative psychiatry
  • To maintain a work environment centered on the values of collegiality and well-being for residents and faculty