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Department of Psychiatry’s 75th Anniversary

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Celebrate with Us!

Our 75th celebrations and activities will be an opportunity to come together as faculty, staff, trainees, alumni, department partners, supporters, and community.

We will celebrate past accomplishments, reflect on missed opportunities, and imagine what is possible for the department’s next 25 years.



75 Years of Innovation and Progress

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How Are We Connected?  Join Our Network Project!

Our social networks influence our well-being in multiple ways (see work of our own Peter Wyman, PhD, using social networks for suicide prevention). Extrapolating on this work, please join other alumni, faculty, and staff for a first-of-its-kind departmental social network project! Take our brief survey and identify folks who have shaped your career. We will use this information to construct visualizations of our departmental network, which will be shown at our 75th Anniversary celebration in September 2022.

Network Project Survey

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Virtual Events

Throughout 2022 we will come together via zoom for meaningful discussions regarding biopsychosocial innovations and provide a glimpse into our Diversity, Inclusion, Culture and Equity brown bag series, and the Bridge Art Gallery.   Join a Zoom webinar event to celebrate our anniversary throughout the year. 

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MLK Grand Rounds

Harriet A. Washington

January 19, 12pm - 1pm
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Bridge Art Gallery
10th Anniversary

January 27, 6pm Register Now

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Engel Doodle Exhibit

January 27, 6pm Register Now

75th Anniversary Webinar Series | The Past, Present & Future of Biopsychosocial Education, Care, Research and Community Partnership.

How the World Changed UR Psychiatry and UR Psychiatry Changed the World 

Developed by George Engel in the early days of our department, the biopsychosocial model  has grown to be an internationally recognized approach to understanding health and illness and as a guide to proper diagnosis and care of patients. The biopsychosocial model was born in an era when psychopharmacology was in its infancy, and when psychoanalysis was in the ascendancy. Yet it somehow retains its relevance. It has also been a framework to guide our development of excellence in each of the department’s missions over many decades.

This 75th Anniversary Webinar Series will examine our history and attempt to understand the staying power of this approach which remains the cornerstone of our practice. It will highlight the many ways in which UR Psychiatry has been an innovator in clinical care, education, research, and relationships with the communities in which we live and work.​

 Participate in Monthly Webinars: Tuesdays 6pm-7:15pm

Full Webinar Details & Schedule
John Romano and George Engel

Romano & Engel:
A Personal Look at Our Founders

February 8 Register Now

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Biopsychosocial Innovations in Education

March 1 Register Now

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Biopsychosocial Innovations in Care

March 29 Register Now

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Biopsychosocial Innovations in Research

April 26 Register Now

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Biopsychosocial Innovations in Community Partnerships

May 24 Register Now

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 Biopsychosocial 2.0

August 30 Register Now

In 2013, the Department of Psychiatry began its Summer Brown Bag Series presenting topics focused on all facets of inequity during 8-weekly summer sessions. This series, now in partnership with other URMC Departments, continues to this day.  

This year's Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Culture & Equity (DICE) Summer Brown Bag series will be part of the 75th Anniversary's virtual events and include topics relating to the history and future of our department and the URMC.   

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2022 DICE Summer 
Brown Bag Series

Visit the Dice Summer Series Webpage 

In-Person Events 

The 26th World Congress of the International Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine, 75th Anniversary Events and the University of Rochester Alumni events will be held in Rochester in September of 2022.  These activities will be subject to Fall 2022  URMC COVID 19 Visitation Policies and guidelines.  For hotel accommodation information please visit the ICPM hotel Information webpage. 

City of Rochester

26th World Congress of the International Congress of
Psychosomatic Medicine | September 7th-9th 2022

 Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY

ICPM World Congress Dinner, George Eastman House

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75th Anniversary Soiree

September 9th 2022, 6pm-11pm
Rochester Museum Science Center

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Alumni Breakfast & Tour

September 10th 2022, 10am - 1pm
University of Rochester Medical Center

Thank you to our 75th Anniversary Committee!

Julie Achtyl, Ann Griepp, Stephanie Bruder, Joanne Cianci, Richard Ciccone, Yeates Conwell, Brenda Geglia, Larry Guttmacher, Colette Hardaway, Jessica Hashim, Cari Hindman, Laura Inclema, Deborah King, Amanda Lai, Jack McIntyre, Amanda Mihalitsas, Itza Morales, Walid Nassif, Caroline Nestro, EJ Santos, Patrick Seche and Zena Shuber.

Please contact Zena Shuber if you would like to join the committee.

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