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Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Research and Accomplishments

Our faculty and individuals are recognized nationally and internationally for their research and scholarship as leaders in their field. Residents are strongly encouraged to avail themselves of the many opportunities to work with established faculty investigators. Through elective time, residents are provided with excellent “hands-on” experience in experimental design, data collection, analysis, critical thinking and writing. Our residents are required to complete an academic project mentored by faculty during their residency.

The Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), an NIMH-funded center directed by Dr. Jeffrey Kelly, concentrates on the study of individuals belonging to groups at high risk for HIV infection (e.g., gay men, IV drug users, chronic mentally ill) and the development of behavioral interventions to decrease this behavior. Presently, CAIR consists of more than 30 full-time faculty and staff and has an annual budget of more than $8 million. MCW is the world leader in the field of behavioral intervention research to prevent the spread of HIV infection.

The Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Access Project started in 2012 with the generous philanthropic support though the Charles E. Kubly Foundation. The goal of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP) is to improve mental health care for children in state of Wisconsin. Child psychiatrists work with primary care providers to treat mental health care needs sooner, in patients’ medical homes, and support them through education and consultation. Due to the success of the pilot program, the State of Wisconsin passed legislation to fund additional expansion for coverage of the rural Northern Region of the state.

The Periscope Project was created to fill the critical gap between statewide depression screenings initiatives and lack of perinatal psychiatric treatment services in Wisconsin. Health care providers often discontinue or delay initiation of antidepressant medication when pregnancy or breastfeeding is identified due to fears about medication safety. By offering resources to assist health care providers in treating their pregnant and postpartum patients, The Periscope Project reduces health disparities and increases healthy birth outcomes.

Housestaff Accomplishments 2016-17

7 National Poster Presentations, including a first place poster

  • Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Association for Academic Psychiatry
  • Institute for Psychiatric Services
  • American Psychiatric Association

3 National Workshops

  • American Psychiatric Association

2 Regional Presentations

  • Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, including bringing home the Siggie Award

1 Grant

  • Moms Mental Health Initiative of Milwaukee

1 Publication

  • Southern Medical Journal

2 Local Poster Presentations

  • MCW research day
  • Innovations in Medical Education

Creation of the Women’s Mental Health Interest Group