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Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

The patient’s best interests come first. This commitment takes priority over everything else we do. Even though we are an academic center with serious commitments to education and research, we never lose sight of the fact that all our activities serve one person – the patient.

Our mission is to improve the health and well being of the people of this region by means of Patient Care, Education and Research. It is the full and thoughtful integration of these three elements that makes academic medical centers different. It is the dedication to placing patient care first that identifies the best of these centers.

Here you can become acquainted with our faculty, their particular interests and become acquainted with our residents. You will also find descriptions of our clinical services, residency program, medical student clerkship, and specialty programs.​

Residency Training News 

Welcome to our newest Psychiatry House Officers!

  • Dr. Margaret Cinderella, PGY1
  • Dr. Jennifer Hamilton, PGY1
  • Dr. Susmita Hazarika, PG-Y1
  • Dr. Kayla Lyon, PGY1
  • Dr. Afrayem Morgan, PG-Y1
  • Dr. Neha Naqvi, PGY1
  • Dr. Nona Nichols, PGY1
  • Dr. Sean Prater, PGY-2
  • Dr. Jason Yan, PGY1

The American Hospital Association

The website of the American Hospital Association has featured a story on the Geriatric Outreach Program, "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of the Elderly Home-Bound through a Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach Program - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC." The article details the difficulties of many elderly patients getting to a health care setting to receive treatment due to frailty, disability, physical illness, or psychiatric illness. To meet the needs of these patients, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center established an outreach program for the frail elderly who need psychiatric services in their homes." AHA members can click here to read the case example to see how the Geriatric Outreach Program helps to meet the needs of the home-bound elderly.

Awards and Recognitions

Wake Forest Baptist Health Professor Recognized by State Foundation

Robin Hurley, M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received the 2014 Eugene A. Hargrove, M.D. Mental Health Research Award from the Psychiatric Foundation of North Carolina.

Hurley is recognized for her contributions to the field of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, particularly her research related to the effects of military deployment-related TBI on brain function, behavior and psychopathy.

Incorporated in 2007, the Psychiatric Foundation of North Carolina exists to improve psychiatric care and awareness.

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) has created a new AAGP Deirdre Johnston Award for Excellence and Innovation in Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Services to encourage programs to provide and/or expand services for meeting the mental health needs of the frail elderly in their homes. The association will grant $10,000 to a program based on its excellence and/or innovation in providing mental health services to older adults in the community.

 This annual award is made possible by a generous gift from Arnold H. Snider to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, which with the association oversees the award. This award is named in honor of geriatric psychiatrist Deirdre Johnston, MBChB, MRCPsych, in gratitude for the care she provided to Kate Mills Snider, Mr. Snider's mother. Mr. Snider and his wife, Katherine, have endowed the Kate Mills Snider Geropsychiatry Outreach Program and Professorship Fund within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. View press release.

 Deirdre Johnston MB BCh BAO MRCPsych was formerly a member of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, now with Johns Hopkins University.

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Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Psychiatry Grand Rounds brings expert speakers for monthly lectures to define concepts and identify/discuss new information in relevant topics.

Psychiatry Education Endowment Fund

Psychiatry Education Endowment Fund

To help our educational process succeed, please consider a tax-deductible gift to the Psychiatry Education Endowment Fund. Thank you for your gift of support.

Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach (GO) Program

The GO Program

The GO Program is a collaborative outreach service that brings mental health care to homebound seniors.

Residency Program

Our residents and fellows create opportunities for professional growth within our rich and wide-ranging educational and clinical programs.

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