NEOMED’s Department of Psychiatry trains undergraduate medical students, partners with Summa Health System and Akron General Health System to offer a general psychiatry residency program, and has an affiliation with a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship based at Akron Children’s Hospital. The department is also home to three coordinating centers of excellence, the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJ CCoE) and the Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health (OPCSMH).

Coordinating Centers Of Excellence

BeST Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment

Providing services to help community agencies implement and sustain treatment practices that improve the lives of people affected by schizophrenia.

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Criminal Justice Coordinating Center Of Excellence

Promoting jail diversion alternatives for people with mental health disorders by encouraging the mental health and criminal justice systems to work together.

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Ohio Program For Campus Safety & Mental Health

Promoting suicide prevention, mental health awareness and stigma reduction activities at college campuses across the state of Ohio.

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The Department of Psychiatry at NEOMED is based at the Rootstown campus and has a clinical presence at the hospitals, community mental health agencies and private practice offices of psychiatrists and psychologists throughout northeast Ohio.

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Coordinating Centers of Excellence

Three centers focused on improving mental health care are located within the Department of Psychiatry at NEOMED.

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Education & Training

The Department provides an array of educational programs and training, including University medical student education, residency and clinical fellowship training, post-doctoral research fellowship training, continuing medical education and community outreach.

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The Community Mental Health Research Initiative (CMHRI) is a collaborative, trans-institutional, and interdisciplinary team of researchers in Northeast Ohio. The team includes researchers in the fields of sociology, psychology, public health, psychiatry, family medicine and pharmacy practice who serve as faculty and staff at NEOMED, Kent State University, Hiram College and The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University.



Debbie McConnell
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 330.325.6690


Randon S. Welton, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6691

Department of Psychiatry

College of Medicine at NEOMED