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September 29, 2020

Esketamine Internal referral Esketamine External referral Intranasal esketamine is a safe and effective treatment for Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD).  Spravato is approved by the US-FDA for the treatment of patients with Major Depressive Disorder who have not responded or are intolerant of two antidepressant treatments.  Health professionals provide intranasal esketamine treatment at the UNC Outpatient Clinic … Read more


February 14, 2024

Curriculum The core curriculum consists of four three-month blocks.  One block focuses on inpatient geriatric psychiatry, one on interventional psychiatry, one on neuropsychiatry, and one on geriatric medicine.  There are two half-days of outpatient continuity throughout the year, one at the UNC outpatient psychiatry clinic and the other at two different continuing care retirement centers.  … Read more

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January 16, 2024

            Dear colleagues, The UNC Department of Psychiatry has experienced transformative growth on many levels and we celebrate the innovation, dedication, and impressive accomplishments exhibited by our talented faculty, learners, and staff. It is a great privilege to work with outstanding colleagues, like you, who are rising to the challenge … Read more

Affective Neuroscience Track Description 2022-2023 

September 21, 2021

Affective Neuroscience Track Description 2022-2023    Track Overview:     Despite the success of evidence-based psychotherapy for mood disorders and the advent of FDA-cleared transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and ketamine, a significant fraction of patients does not recover and is considered “treatment-resistant.” Helping this segment requires state-of-the art care driven by innovative research for the individualization and augmentation of today’s treatments. The UNC … Read more

Interventional Psychiatry

January 24, 2020

Recent advances in pharmacology and neuromodulation have led to the development of novel treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders. These highly specialized interventions are now called Interventional Psychiatry services. The UNC Department of Psychiatry currently provides Interventional Psychiatry services to patients, including Intranasal Esketamine (Spravato), Brexanolone Infusion, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). These new therapies treatments complement … Read more

Riah Patterson

January 2, 2018

MD Assistant Professor Director of Inpatient Psychiatry Services Location: UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill Education and Training: BA, Religion and Psychology and Women’s Studies, The University of the South MD, University of South Alabama Residency, Psychiatry, UNC-Chapel Hill Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UNC-Chapel Hill Board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Board certified in … Read more

Letter from the Chiefs

November 3, 2016

Welcome to the UNC Psychiatry Residency Program website! We appreciate your interest in our program, and we are eager to share what makes UNC a wonderful place to train! Our residents choose to come to UNC for many reasons, but a few stand out. The UNC Department of Psychiatry offers unique and extensive clinical learning … Read more