William E. Greenberg, MD
Chief, Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Department of Psychiatry is the product of a merger of three separate Harvard Departments of Psychiatry with different and complementary histories and orientations. In 1996, the departments of Beth Israel Hospital, grounded in a rich psychoanalytic tradition, and the Deaconess Hospital with a more biologic and public psychiatry focus, merged to form the BIDMC Department of Psychiatry. In January 2005, the Department incorporated the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC), which had developed an unparalleled reputation in American Psychiatry through its unique and complex coordination of public, private, and academic resources to treat patients with major mental illness and severe psychosocial disadvantage, and to train generations of psychiatric leaders. The details of this exciting new affiliation are currently being developed.

Psychiatry Department has a full range of clinical, educational, and research activities. It includes approximately 70 active faculty members, including eight full professors, six associate professors, twelve assistant professors, and 44 instructors. Additionally, more than one hundred faculty teach or supervise in various training programs affiliated with the Department. A multidisciplinary staff of nurses, psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors work in a fully integrated manner with other members of the Department.

The Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, jointly sponsored by BIDMC-MMHC and the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and supported by a significant grant from the DMH, includes 60 residents over a four-year program. This program is one of the most highly sought in the country. The Massachusetts Mental Health Psychology Internship Program is a one-year, highly competitive program, which admits five trainees per year. Harvard Medical Students see patients at multiple departmental sites as part of the second year psychopathology course, and rotate through the Department as part of the core psychiatry clerkship.

In the setting of our research units and laboratories, the department provides a range of research training opportunities for psychiatric residents, post-doctoral fellows, medical students and graduate students. Our research and research training programs are supported through grants and endowments from the federal government, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and research foundations, as well as through the generous contributions of individual donors. We hope that this website will provide a useful guide for interested students, research collaborators and clinical colleagues.

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Postdoctoral Neuropsychology Fellowship

The Neuropsychology Fellowship began at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) in 1986 for advanced trainees in clinical psychology. Over the last 20 years it has evolved into a major collaborative, post-doctoral training program with the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard Medical School. With the integration of MMHC into the Department of Psychiatry at BIDMC, the program now entails clinical rotations in the Psychiatry (including MMHC) and Neurology (specifically in the Behavioral Neurology Unit) Departments at BIDMC, an extensive series of seminars, and multiple opportunities for research. Components of the Fellowship and application information are summarized below.

  • The Fellowship is for one year, but a second year is available and encouraged
  • Three evaluations per week
  • Three to four hours per week of supervision, with different supervisors in the different rotations. Each trainee also has a Training Director.
  • Didactics, described below.
  • Fellows are employed by BIDMC, and receive benefits (e.g. medical) associated with their employment at the hospital. The Fellowship also carries an appointment as a Clinical Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.

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