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UPMC Bipolar Institute

Based at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside in Pittsburgh, PA, the UPMC Bipolar Institute provides psychiatric services across the life span. The Bipolar Institute conducts basic science, clinical, and mental health services research and is an international training center for the application of research-based and patient-centered treatments.

Comprehensive Consultation Services at the Bipolar Institute

The Bipolar Institute provides comprehensive assessments, expert diagnostic neurological, medical, and psychological assessments of individuals with bipolar disorder. It’s staffed by a multidisciplinary team of behavioral health and medical professionals who focus exclusively on the treatment of individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and partner with them and their families to help them achieve the wellness goals they set for themselves. Our accumulated clinical and research experience with bipolar disorder is unmatched. We understand the impact that bipolar disorder has on personal and family life.

Consultations are available for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. A consultation can help physicians, their patients, and families achieve diagnostic clarity and formulate a treatment plan, or help people who are not satisfied with their present treatment identify new, research-based options. In most cases, individuals and their physicians can enact these new options back in their home communities.

The Bipolar Institute is directed by Ellen Frank, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Boris Birmaher, MD, and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15213

UPMC Bipolar Institute
Suite 812
100 North Bellefield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contact Us

Western Psychiatric
Institute and Clinic
3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

or 412-624-1000

Crisis support services
for residents in​
Allegheny County, call
re:solve Crisis Network
at 1-888-7-YOU CAN
or 1-888-796-8226


Research Study Participation

Is your child emotionally healthy and between the ages of 10 and 16?

If so, you and your child may be eligible to participate in a research study being conducted by researchers at UPMC that is comparing attention, memory and thinking skills in children. For this research study, you and your child will be asked to complete some questionnaires and interviews. Your child will also be asked to complete some computer tasks and to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI).

Families will be compensated for their participation in this research study.

For more information or to find out whether you and your child are eligible, please call Dan Brace at 412-246-5801.

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