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About Stanford

School of Medicine

Among the unique features of the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium is the context in which students are trained. In addition to its research and teaching facilities, the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is the home of the largest clinic at the Stanford University Medical Center. Over 40,000 patient visits per year are completed at the Department of Psychiatry. The mission of the Stanford clinics involves the care of a wide variety of patients with diagnoses that span the spectrum from mood and anxiety disorders, to personality disorders, as well as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The majority of faculty who teach clinical courses also provide direct clinical care. Thus, instructors bring a fresh and vital perspective to their teaching. For example, Consortium teaching faculty includes directors of specialty clinics at Stanford Medical Center (such as the Interpersonal Problems Clinic) who also teach didactic courses that integrate their clinical work with the classroom material.

In addition, the Department of Psychiatry is well-positioned to help students develop an integrated biopsychosocial understanding of mental illness. The Psy.D. Consortium faculty includes many internationally renowned experts in psychopharmacology and the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders; a number of the Consortium faculty are involved in cutting edge neuroimaging studies. With Stanford’s resources in psychosocial treatment, the Psy.D. Consortium is able to provide a broad and unique perspective on the nature of psychiatric and behavioral disorders.

Stanford Campus

The main building utilized by the Consortium at Stanford University is the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences building located on the northern end of the University campus. It was built in 1992 to serve as an outpatient psychiatric clinic. The building is located near public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. The beautiful architecture, fountains, and gardens provide a soothing atmosphere for patients, faculty, staff, and students. Within the building is a collection of more than 500 original pieces of art and 1,600 posters on display in hallways, waiting rooms, and offices that adds to the overall ambiance. There are several large conference rooms that provide ample space for classes as well as many smaller rooms that are used for meetings. There is also a café located on the first floor where students can study and socialize between classes.

The picturesque architecture of the Stanford campus, with its palm trees and sandstone arches, and a distinctively Northern California style, has a calming influence. Consortium students enjoy using the Lane Medical Library, which has high-tech touches, such as flat-panel computer screens and laptop-friendly Internet ports. In addition, as Stanford affiliates (i.e., Registered PAU students who attend a 50% Stanford affiliated program), all Consortium students are given a SUNet ID, a Stanford University account which identifies them as members of the Stanford community, allowing them access to the Stanford University Network of computing resources and services, including online library resources.

Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
401 Quarry Road
Palo Alto, California 94304