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

Dr. Melissa Pereau

Psychiatry Interest Group 2024-2025

President: Daniel Cuevas
Vice President: Emerald Norman
Secretary: Danielle Liu
PsychSIGN/Regional Collaboration Officer: Chloe Elias
Media and Online Presence Officer: Madison Tsuchiya
ADAP Coordinator: Brian Nguyen
SPERO Coordinator: Jeanie Kim and Matthew Hutchinson
Treasurer/Fundraising Coordinator:Joshua Mangunsong
Child and Adolescent Psych VP: Isabel Bishop
Outreach/Community Involvement Coordinator:Raine Kim
Social Events and Wellness Coordinators: Kimberly Kra and Elizabeth Oyelana 
Inter-Class Outreach and Collaboration Rep CO’25: Kenneth Choi
Inter-Class Outreach and Collaboration Rep CO’26:  Megan Perez and Ye Eun (Christine) Lee
Inter-Class Outreach and Collaboration Rep CO’27:  Ailinh Nguyen