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Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center

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The New Heroin Epidemic

Ten years ago, prescription painkiller dependence swept rural America. As the government cracked down on doctors and drug companies, people went searching for a cheaper, more accessible high. Now, many areas are struggling with an unprecedented heroin crisis.

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Dr. James H. Berry awarded the 2014 West Virginia University School of Medicine Distinguished Teacher Award.

This award is given annually to recognize and reward exceptional teaching and/or innovation in teaching methods, course and curriculum design, and instructional tools. He was nominated by colleagues and students.

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WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Chestnut Ridge Center staff celebrated Mental Illness Awareness Week

Chestnut Ridge Go Green Group Photo

Faculty and Staff wore green ribbons all week which were crafted by patients and residents to shine light on mental illness throughout the center and community.

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Welcome to the web pages for our Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. We invite you to browse through our site and explore the interesting and exciting activities in our department.
We are proud of the family-like atmosphere that we have created over the decades. We have a friendly atmosphere where faculty, trainees, and staff share in developing formal and informal social events. This atmosphere is the heartbeat of our department, a department which is known for stability and collegiality. As we know firsthand, nurturing environments lead to rewarding and excellent education, research, and clinical care.
We offer a broad educational experience with a balance of biological psychiatry and psychological principles in pursuit of clinical excellence, community service, and research. Our department is animated with rapidly developing research programs. Research programs are diverse and include focuses in addiction psychiatry and substance abuse treatment, child and adolescent psychiatry, neuroimaging correlates of behavior, as well as stigma and health disparities.
Primary clinical training takes place at Chestnut Ridge Center, the service line for behavioral medicine and psychiatry as part of West Virginia University Healthcare. Chestnut Ridge Center opened in 1987 on the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center campus and became part of West Virginia University Hospitals in 1998.  Our talented faculty are a balanced blend of professors who have been invested in our department for over two decades and young junior faculty who bring an abundance of energy, diversity, and fresh ideas.
Our residents, fellows, interns and graduate students learn to practice within our inpatient, day hospital, and outpatient settings. We prepare trainees for private practice and public sector work, as well as academic careers. In addition to the general psychiatry residency training program, the cornerstone of training, we offer fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and in Forensic Psychiatry.  We also offer APA accredited internship training for psychologists as well as postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and graduate level social work training.
Browse through our web pages, learn about us, and then we invite you to come meet us in person.  Learn about the collegiality and pride we enjoy in our department.
Marc W Haut, PhD, ABPP
Professor and Interim Chair