About Us

Each day, since our beginning as one of the original departments in the School of Medicine, our faculty and staff dedicate their professional careers to improving the lives of all New Mexicans facing mental illness and behavioral health challenges. We train future behavioral health workers and inspire them to stay in our state. Our research is geared to benefitting New Mexicans as much as possible and our community engagement activities are designed to meet our state’s rural nature, workforce development demands and to educate the public about behavioral health. Our five divisions reflect our unwavering commitment to addressing the entire lifecycle:  adult psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and community behavioral health.

Recent Highlights


  • Clinical Clerkship consistently rated as UNM medical students’ top experience among School of Medicine departments
  • Starting in 2014, state funding for two additional general residency positions.
  • Two new residency tracks:  rural medicine and research
  • Residency program and four fellowships are accredited until 2021
  • Starting in 2014, state funding for two additional general residency positions.


  • More than 80,000 visits in inpatient and outpatient areas combined in FY 2014
  • Tripled capacity in ECT service
  • Only 24/7 psychiatric emergency service in New Mexico
  • Added telepsychiatry to provide emergency psychiatric services at Sandoval Regional Medical Center and now provide clinicians to that hospital’s Bariatric Surgery and Sandoval DUI programs
  • Only NM methadone program for pregnant women
  • Hired child and adolescent addictions specialists


  • Department Chairman, Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA, listed as one of top 100 most cited researchers in the fields of Psychiatry/Psychology in Thompson Reuters report:  The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014.
  • Hired more research faculty
  • Examples of recent grants include:
    • SAMHSA NM SBIRT, for New Mexico Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
    • Comparing Interventions for Opioid Dependent Patients Presenting in Medical Emergency Departments, a NIDA-funded grant RO1
    • Continuing NIH Center for Biomedical Research Excellence Grant (P20) 5-year award, titled Multi-modal Imaging of Neuropsychiatric Disorders (MIND) with Mind Research Network


  • Created the Division of Community Behavioral Health
  • Collaborated with New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Division to receive a federal grant to test new models of suicide prevention in rural New Mexico
  • Second project to develop a coordinated specialty care clinic for treatment of individuals with first-episode psychosis and their families
  • Work with Albuquerque Public Schools and the state Office of School and Adolescent Health to present public education panel, “When Bad Things Happen,” about how to best respond to violence in school settings
  • Actively participated in city and county initiatives such as the Albuquerque City Behavioral Health Task Force and Creating Community Solutions
  • Established a UNM/CNM Behavioral Health speaker series and continued several other public education series/programs

Mission statement