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The Importance of Multidisciplinary Expertise in Psychiatry

In This Video

  • Maurizio Fava, MD, is the psychiatrist-in-chief in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Division of Clinical Research in the Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • The Department of Psychiatry's research portfolio includes clinical and basic research on virtually every major psychiatric disorder
  • In this video, Dr. Fava discusses the value of collaborating a diverse team of experts

The Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital includes a wide-ranging research portfolio that spans clinical and basic research on virtually every major psychiatric disorder. In this video, Maurizio Fava, MD, psychiatrist-in-chief and director of the Division of Clinical Research in the Mass General Research Institute, discusses the value of working with diverse teams that feature multidisciplinary expertise in the field.


Clinical neuroscience is a team sport. It is something that you do best when you have people with different backgrounds and different expertise working together. The idea of working with colleagues within the department with different expertise I think is critical.

Whether you're developing new pharmacological treatments, whether you look at how to implement them more effectively. When you look at ways of combining those treatments with psychotherapies, all these things I think are very important to our field and require multidisciplinary teams.

The Mass General Department of Psychiatry is a tremendous source of talent, particularly young talent. We train the best in the field. Interacting with our trainees is one of the privileges of working here at Mass General.

The more senior people, the junior faculty, they're also extraordinarily talented and they are very diverse in their interest and their expertise. So being in a department where you can find an expert in almost every area of psychiatry is very exciting. From genetics to big data to the bedside and clinical trials we cover the entire kind of span of psychiatric research.

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