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Department of Psychiatry’s 75th Anniversary

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Take the UR Psychiatry 75th Anniversary network survey!

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.


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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Upcoming Anniversary Events


Neilly Author Series 2022-2023

University of Rochester River Campus Library’s 2022-2023 Neilly Author Series is dedicated to the Department of Psychiatry in celebration of our 75th Anniversary. 

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Peter Conners

Beyond the Edge of Suffering
October 19th

Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell

Achieving the Impossible, Become a catalyst for change
November 17th

Dayna Bowen Matthew

Dean Dayna
Bowen Matthew

Just Health
December 7th 

Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao

A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM
January 23rd


Past Anniversary Events

Thank you for attending events in 2022. 

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26th World Congress of the ICPM

Sept. 7th - 9th
Rochester Riverside Convention Center

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75th Anniversary Soiree

Sept. 9th
Rochester Museum Science Center

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Alumni Breakfast & Tour

Sept. 10th
Flaum Atrium
UR School of Medicine

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 division’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 how UR Psychiatry has been an innovator in clinical care, education, research, and relationships with the communities in which we live and work.​

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Romano & Engel: A Personal Look at Our Founders

View February 8th Webinar

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Biopsychosocial Innovations
in Education

View March 1st Webinar

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Biopsychosocial Innovations
in Care

View March 29th Webinar

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Biopsychosocial Innovations
in Research

View April 26th Webinar

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Biopsychosocial Innovations in Community Partnerships

View May 24th Webinar

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 Biopsychosocial 2.0

The Future of Biopsychosocial Care, Discovery, Learning, and Community Partnership

View August 30th Webinar

Harriet Washington

A Conversation with
Harriet A. Washington

January 19, 2022

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Bridge Art Gallery Reception

January 27, 2022

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Engel Doodle Exhibit

January 27, 2022

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Using the Biopsychosocial Model to Promote Equitable Care at UR Medicine

View the 2022 DICE Summer Webinars

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75 years of innovation and progress

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Share your Story!

Please send us a written or video story about your experience in our department. Your story can inspire fellow alumni, faculty, staff, trainees, and prospective students!

Thank you for taking the time to share your University of Rochester experience with us!


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, Laura Inclema, Deborah King, Amanda Lai, Jack McIntyre, Amanda Mihalitsas, Itza Morales, Walid Nassif, Caroline Nestro, EJ Santos, Patrick Seche and Zena Shuber.

Special thanks to URMC Marketing, Public Relations, Advancement, Alumni Relations and the Psych Tech Group. 

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Thanks to the involvement and generosity of our alumni, donors, and friends, the Department of Psychiatry continues to build its education, research, and care efforts. Will you join us?

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