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The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Behavioral Health brings together experts in older adult mental health, leading the way in clinical care, research, and education.

As the population ages, there is a growing need for specialists who understand the intersection of psychiatric, cognitive, and medical illnesses. Our faculty are nationally recognized for their clinical excellence and cutting-edge research in the field. Through interdisciplinary collaboration with the UConn Center on Aging we strive to provide the best care for our patients and support for their families and caregivers. We treat a variety of mental health disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses, post-traumatic stress, complicated grief, and sleep disorders.

Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry

The Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry team is dedicated to treating elderly or medically fragile patients requiring hospital-level psychiatric assessment and care.

Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic

The Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic offers psychiatric evaluation and treatment of mood and psychiatric disorders for patients over age 65.

Specialty Services

Neuropsychological Testing Services

Neuropsychological testing is a way of examining brain function and cognitive abilities. Neuropsychological tests are an essential part of an overall evaluation because they provide an objective measure of an individual's strengths and weaknesses.

Silver Sage Geriatric Psychiatry Program

The Silver Sage Geriatric Psychiatry Program is an outpatient program that meets in person 3 times a week. The program offers group therapy, individual therapy, and medication management.

James E. C. Walker M.D. Memory Assessment Program

Our geriatric psychiatrists also see patients at the James E. C. Walker M.D. Memory Assessment Program. They assess and treat patients for cognitive disorders, help patients and families manage neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, and play key roles in the administration of the new medication for Alzheimer’s disease (lecanemab/Leqembi®).

Research in Geriatric Psychiatry

Investigators in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Behavioral Health are involved in a wide variety of research studies. This research is largely supported by the National Institutes of Health, especially the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  Investigators are also supported by the Alzheimer’s Association.