Forging Our Future Together

Strategic Plan for Columbia Psychiatry

May 15, 2018

Columbia Psychiatry, which includes the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) and the Psychiatry Services of New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP)/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), has a storied past and a brilliant future. It is perennially one of the leading programs in the country, evidenced by the number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards to Columbia and NYSPI, the U.S. News and World Reports rankings of NYP, Doximity ratings, or other metrics.

Columbia Psychiatry’s research enterprise is among the largest, and most renowned in the world, and includes studies ranging from molecular neuroscience to mental health services and policy. We also provide state-of-the-art treatment through an array of clinical services in both the public and private sectors as well as undergraduate and postgraduate training programs that attract and train talented students, residents, and fellows. In short, we are well positioned and qualified to contribute to the knowledgebase and workforce of the field of psychiatry and mental health care.

In order to plan for the future of Columbia Psychiatry, we have developed a strategic plan to guide our collective efforts and shape the direction of Columbia Psychiatry for the ensuing decade. The strategic plan proposes a series of priorities and initiatives to be pursued for each mission and component of Columbia Psychiatry, while identifying needs and limitations that must be overcome to enable us to best fulfill our mission. The choices we make for areas of growth and development are informed by scientific opportunities in biomedical research, public health needs and demographic trends, as well as the potential for enhanced integration with departments and programs within the health sciences schools and CU at large, NYS-OMH and NYP-CUIMC. What follows are the results and recommendations for the future of Columbia Psychiatry.

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Mental Health, Psychiatry