Chairman's Letter
Steven P. Wengel, M.D.

UNMC's Department of Psychiatry is an academic psychiatric community of faculty-educators whose history dates back to the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute (NPI), which has been a nationally prominent education and research site. NPI was innovative in developing telepsychiatry and long-distance care of patients via videoconferencing equipment, and interdisciplinary education by providing a collaborative learning for trainees of different professions.

Today our department continues that innovation through a shared residency program with the Creighton University School of Medicine, where our clinician-educators make difficult concepts in psychiatric illness more understandable to trainees through use of modern instructional technologies.

We also collaborate with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), to address the shortage and lack of support of behavioral providers in Nebraska. Like NPI in days gone by, BHECN's goal is to reach patients who otherwise might go without the treatment. Our 20 full-time faculty members treat mental illness in children, adults, and geriatric patients.

As chair of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, I invite you to explore our website and our department. I would be pleased to assist you in learning more about our department and its mission.

Steven P. Wengel, M.D.
Professor and Chair