About the Department of Psychiatry

Established since 1963, The Harlem Hospital Center, Department of Psychiatry has been privileged to serve the people of the Central Harlem and the Northern Manhattan community. The first Chair of the Department was Elizabeth Davis MD, who came from Columbia University Psychiatric Institute to establish this department. The Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to the Hospital’s mission to provide competent, sensitive quality care to our patients with dignity and compassion regardless of ethnicity, nationality, religion, or ability to pay, in a safe environment. The Department of Psychiatry includes the following divisions.

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program
  • Mobile Crisis unit
  • Inpatient service for adults
  • Outpatient Clinic for Adults
  • Chemical Dependency Detoxification Unit
  • Outpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Program
  • Ward Consultation/Liaison Service

These programs are located throughout the hospital, including the Martin Luther King Pavilion, The Ronald H. Brown Pavilion, the Kountz Pavilion, and the Women’s Pavilion. Our multidisciplinary staff consist licensed and trained psychiatrists, residents, social workers, psychologists, nurses, activity therapists, addiction counselors, and psychiatric health technicians provide care that is both interdisciplinary and collaborative. In affiliation with a network of doctors from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Department of Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital Center is proud to provide world-class behavioral health care services to the people in our community.

We will continue our efforts to be a center of excellence in the field of Behavior Health and Chemical Dependency.