The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Message from the Chair

Improving the lives of those with mental illness through Education, Research, Patient Care and Community Outreach


Jair C. Soares, M.D. Department ChairWelcome to The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Our team of faculty and staff is dedicated to the mission of education, research and patient care.

Through education, we train the students, residents and fellows of today to become the mental health care leaders of tomorrow - whether in public or private sectors, in solo or group practice, as researchers, educators, or clinicians.

In research, our faculty and staff are in the forefront of the exploration of the causes and treatments of mental illness. Great strides have been made in recent years through research - some at our institution.

In patient care, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences provides innovative approaches to the treatment of patients in public and private hospitals as well as ambulatory care settings. Our skills and technology are balanced with compassion and respect for the patients we serve.

We also reach out to the community to provide educational programs and support public service activities of our faculty and staff, who volunteer in many capacities for community-based professional and mental health advocacy organizations.

Members of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences continually examine ways to improve the fulfillment of our missions - the processes, people and technology involved - and set new standards of excellence, ever striving for quality improvement.

Also, we focus on the realities of the future. From both an educational and clinical viewpoint, we accept the challenge of demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of what we do.

This website provides an overview of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, its activities and affiliations. We welcome you to tour our programs and facilities or request any additional information, and see for yourself why we're proud of our history and excited about our future.

Jair C. Soares, M.D.
Department Chair