Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

Our Mission & Values

The Mission of the Virginia Tech Carilion Psychiatry education programs is to train excellent clinicians who:

  • Comprehensively evaluate, understand, and treat psychiatric disorders using a biopsychosocial and spiritual model
  • Teach enthusiastically and model life-long learning
  • Integrate research and discovery within clinical practice
  • Pursue self-appraisal, individual development, interprofessionalism, and leadership.


The mission of the Virginia Tech Carilion Psychiatry education programs is accomplished through a faculty of excellent clinicians who aspire to be effective teachers and to integrate research into practice. Additionally, the faculty is dedicated to compassionate clinical care and scientific inquiry while prioritizing teaching and supervision of trainees. Faculty members employ multiple instructional modalities, design innovative curricula, incorporate problem-based learning, and utilize the latest methods and technologies of sound pedagogy. They emphasize and model interprofessionalism while working in hospital and community teams as physician leaders. The programs select trainees who are and remain inquisitive, compassionate, internally motivated, driven toward understanding, and positively responsive to feedback. There is appreciation of diversity among trainees, faculty, patients, and training sites. The faculty supports the development of each trainee according to individual interests and strengths.

There are opportunities for teaching, advanced training through fellowships, and participation at local, state, and national professional meetings. Translational research through collaborations with Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute provides a foundation for integration in clinical practice. The programs emphasize multiple systems and models of care, diverse patient populations, and a full continuum of services and care sites. The integration of our training sites and experiences maximizes learning, efficiency, and quality. An established alumni network supports and promotes the mission of the programs and its graduates.