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Academic and Training Resources at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital's international reputation attracts quality candidates from the world’s finest clinical and research institutions. In addition to teaching medical students and directing a five-year psychiatric residency training program, the hospital offers nine federally funded research training programs for pre- and postdoctoral fellows.

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is also a training center for graduate and undergraduate students from more than 20 colleges and universities, representing disciplines that include nursing, social work, education, childcare, and art and music therapy.

Our overall goal is to educate, train, and mentor clinical investigators who will go on to develop new approaches to the study of brain-behavior relationships. We continually strive to refine our training programs so that students and trainees are exposed to contemporary theories and practices associated with the changing medical care environment.

The various training programs at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital reflect our emphasis on comprehensiveness, balance, and integration of various scientific approaches and systems. The programs foster collaborative relationships and embrace the contributions of all disciplines for the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental and addictive disorders.


As the only academic center of psychiatry in western Pennsylvania, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is dedicated to providing behavioral health professionals throughout the region with state-of-the-art training, technical assistance, and mental health conference planning. A designated training institute of the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital (ECS) provides free or reduced-cost training and technical assistance for behavioral health professionals in 23 counties.

Each year, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital's ECS conferences and educational programs reach more than 20,000 registrants, from mental health and human services providers to consumers and family members, through over 500 “training days” of programming.

Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital offers professional continuing education certification as approved by the following agencies: