Established in 1964, the Department of Psychological Medicine's longstanding foundations are confirmation of the Dunedin School of Medicine's ongoing commitment to psychological medicine.
The Department is focussed on six primary research areas, as well as being actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching to medical students, psychiatric and general practice registrars, postgraduate students and various higher education postgraduate training programmes.
The Department's clinically relevant research areas include:
- mental disorders
- anxiety and depression
- old-age psychiatry
- primary care interventions
- behavioural aspects of physical health
- child abuse
- sexual offending
- exploration of developmentally appropriate techniques for gathering information from children
- child interventions
The Department also plays a key role in the delivery of an academic component to the RANZCP and SDHB psychiatry training programme, and is actively involved in the supervision of master's and PhD level research degrees.