Department of Psychiatry

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-2223

About Us

Since our beginning as one of the original departments in the School of Medicine, the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry has focused on a comprehensive and balanced approach to its educational, research, clinical and community missions. Our programs range from outreach to the state’s most isolated rural areas to cutting-edge, collaborative research with partners around the country. Each day, through our multiple missions, our faculty and staff dedicate their professional careers to improving the lives of all New Mexicans facing mental illness.

Here are just a few highlights from the past several years:



  • Completed the EARLY Psychosis Project in May of 2011
  • RAISE project underway and recruitment is best in country
  • New NIMH research grants including an RO1 to study ethical issues in informed consent and a Research Infrastructure Support Program for Minority Mental Health Services Research
  • Renewal of NIDA Clinical Trials Network grant for 2010-2015
  • Expanded research faculty at CRCBH with focus on Native American historical trauma, Jail Diversion for Women with PTSD, and Veterans Jail Diversion
  • Provided national leadership for NIDA Clinical Trials Network Protocol: Screening, Motivational Assessment, Referral and Treatment in Emergency Departments (SMART-ED)


  • Staff the only 24/7 PES in the state
  • Fully launched primary care clinic at ASAP
  • New addiction psychiatry participation in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Increased training and supervision in psychosocial treatments of substance use disorders
  • New clinical services at UNM Psychiatric Center for acute outpatient psychiatry, continuing care of patients with serious and persistent psychiatric disorders and partial hospitalization
  • Development of a primary-care psychiatry ambulatory program at the VA medical center


  • Telemedicine program in specialty clinics including HIV, Pain and Hepatitis B with rural sites
  • Increased affiliations with new rural family medicine residency programs
  • Established public programing through IDEAS in Psychiatry
  • Hosted Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter for a free public presentation on Mental Health
  • Continued efforts to partner with local and state organizations to improve education and understanding about mental illness throughout the state
  • Initiated survey to establish a baseline about stigma and New Mexicans’ attitudes toward mental illness

Mission statement