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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
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Geriatric Psychiatry & Neuropsychiatry

We produce specialists in the delivery of skilled and comprehensive psychiatric medical care of older adults suffering from psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders. Our clinical programs emphasize expert diagnosis, early intervention, continuity of care and access to new therapies and clinical research protocols.

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Michael Schrift, DO
Chair of Geriatric Psychiatry & Neuropsychiatry

About Us

 Education

Geriatric residents participate in supervised, collaborative, interdisciplinary clinical and didactic experiences that provide training in the:

  • Development of diagnostic and assessment skills
  • Application of biopsychosocial concepts
  • Experience and knowledge of illness, prevention strategies and a wide range of treatment modalities, including neuromodulation
  • Treatment of a culturally diverse population of older adults with a wide range of psychopathology in a broad range of clinical settings
  • Psychological and social aspects of gerontology, including normal aging and the pathology of primary psychiatric disturbances beginning in or continuing into older age
  • Psychiatric impact of acute and chronic physical illnesses
  • Recognition of and negotiation of legal and ethical issues
  • Evidence-based clinical decision-making
  • Educational leadership

 Research

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences features several nationally recognized research programs. Geriatric psychiatry residents have opportunities for supervised participation in funded research projects. Visit our Research page to learn more.

 Patient Care

Through our affiliated hospitals and clinics, our faculty provide skilled and comprehensive psychiatric mental care of older adults suffering from psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. See the Patient Care section of this site for more detail.

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