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Guided by our patients-first credo, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is committed to compassionate patient care, exceptional education and advancements in mental health research.

About Us

What We Do

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Our faculty are training the future leaders of behavioral sciences through residency, fellowship and degree programs. 

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Featuring nationally recognized initiatives, our research investigates underlying mechanisms of psychiatric disorders, innovations in treatment and barriers to services.

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Our Divisions

Our divisions and associated faculty provide specialized training, research and patient care across the many areas within our comprehensive field. Our faculty members are committed to helping students and trainees develop specialized professional skills, while serving diverse patient populations at our affiliated care sites and hospitals.

Areas of Expertise  Patient Care

Faculty Spotlight

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Veronika Hanko, MD

Veronika Hanko is an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She recently completed her fellowship in Consultation-Liason Psychiatry here at Northwestern and is clinically active on the C/L service. Her current research projects include seeking ways to improve access to medical care and substance use treatment for medical inpatients with hepatitis C and HIV. Other clinical interests include management of depression in the medically ill, substance use disorders, functional neurological disorders, and somatoform disorders. Dr. Hanko is actively involved in medical education and looks forward to her new role as Associate Psychiatry Clerkship Director.   

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Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler, PhD

Dr. Burnett-Zeigler’s research focuses on examining the factors associated with mental health service utilization. She is specifically interested in attitudes and beliefs about mental health, access to mental health treatment, engagement in mental health treatment, and barriers to mental health treatment among disadvantaged populations including racial/ethnic minorities and those with low income, limited education, and limited access to resources. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Depressed Women in a Federally Qualified Health Center" study which examines the acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a mindfulness based treatment for depression delivered to women in a community primary care setting.


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