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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.

Upcoming Events

Join us for a webinar this summer and visit us in Rochester, NY, in September for the 26th World Congress of the International Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine, 75th Anniversary Soiree, and Alumni events. 

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Using the Biopsychosocial Model to Promote Equitable Care at UR Medicine

DICE Summer Webinar Series 

Wednesdays 12pm - 1pm

 July 13 - August 24, 2022 

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 The Future of Biopsychosocial Caring, Discovering and Learning

Moderated by Ben Lee, MD
Chair of the Department of Psychiatry

August 30, 2022 | 6pm
75th Anniversary Webinar

26th World Congress of the International Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine

September 7th - 9th 2022
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Register by July 15th for early bird discount!

ICPM Registration

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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

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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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.​


Romano & Engel: A Personal Look at Our Founders

February 8, 2022

Biopsychosocial Innovations
in Education

March 1, 2022

Biopsychosocial Innovations
in Care

March 29, 2022

Biopsychosocial Innovations
in Research

April 26, 2022

Biopsychosocial Innovations in Community Partnerships

May 24, 2022

Harriet Washington

Harriet A. Washington

MLK Grand Rounds

January 19, 2022

Bridge Art Gallery Reception

January 27, 2022

Engel Doodle Exhibit

January 27, 2022


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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