Special Initiatives in the Department

The Belonging Project at Stanford

A sense of belonging is deeply important to emotional health and personal wellbeing.  Individuals develop a sense of belonging when they feel that they are part of a larger community that they believe in - a community that welcomes them, a community that respects and represents their values, and a community that helps them to fulfill their aspirations.  For more information, check out The Belonging Project at Stanford page.


The Clinical Neuroscience Internship Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University is an intensive two-week summer program following the sophomore, junior, or senior years in high school.  Interns are introduced to the amazing breadth of research found in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The application process for 2016 CNI-X will be announced in January 2016.

Forensic Psychiatry

Our mission in Forensic Psychiatry is to provide you with the highest level of ethical, comprehensive, unbiased, and evidence-based forensic assessments possible.  

Lyme Disease Working Group

Our Lyme Disease Working Group is interested in developing more accurate diagnostic tests, improving medical understanding of the course of illness, evaluating the effectiveness of innovative therapies, expanding clinical services, and building greater knowledge and awareness of how to prevent illness. Participating colleagues represent biochemistry, biomedical informatics, biomaterials and advanced drug delivery, cardiovascular medicine, community ecology of wildlife disease, genetics, infectious disease, pediatrics, pain management, microbiology/immunology, neurology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and rheumatology/immunology. Basing this effort at Stanford University will build upon the advantages of working within an institution that strongly supports academic freedom while also encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration.

Precision Psychiatry

Mental wellbeing is fundamental to human health.  The biomedical revolution, led by Stanford Medicine, will change the trajectory and impact of the biomedical sciences through precision health, for individuals and for populations.  Precision psychiatry is part of this revolution.  For more information, please visit our Precision Psychiatry initiative.


Stanford WellConnect is a confidential mental health referral and consultation for residents and fellows.   There are times when stressors can get in the way of balancing the demands of professional and personal life, and without help, problems can intensify, having an effect on emotional and physical well-being and professional success.  Although emotional distress often manifests in obvious ways, the symptoms of many psychological problems can be subtle.  We are here to help.

Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing recognizes that we are in the midst of a national public health crisis among US youth and is committed to spearheading a new national vision for adolescent and young adult wellness and mental health support. By creating an innovative health system, and a new culture of health for the adolescent and young adult population, Stanford hopes to create a model for the country in how to better support our young people to navigate the transition to adulthood and realize their full potential as adults.