Psychiatry Overview

Psychiatrists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, addictive, and emotional disorders such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, and adjustment disorders. The psychiatrist is able to understand the biologic, psychologic, and social components of illness, and therefore is uniquely prepared to treat the whole person. A psychiatrist is qualified to order diagnostic laboratory tests and to prescribe medications, evaluate, and treat psychologic and interpersonal problems, and to intervene with families who are coping with stress, crises, and other problems in living.1

1 The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.

Psychiatry Faculty Advisor

Melissa Pereau

Psychiatry Interest Group

Presidents: Alice Ing

Vice Presidents: Kevin Ing & Erik Thordarson

Social Vice President: Lydia Kim

Secretary: Chris Lee


Wellness Coordinator: Anne Kornkven

Community Outreach Coordinator: Joy Launio

SPERO Coordinator: Ariana Cunningham

Research Coordinator:

4th Year Rep: 

3rd Year Rep: Olga Lane

2nd Year Rep: Reed Nerness