A psychiatrist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, addictive, and emotional disorders such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, and adjustment disorders. The psychiatrist is able to understand the biologic, psychologic, and social components of illness, and therefore is uniquely prepared to treat the whole person. A psychiatrist is qualified to order diagnostic laboratory tests and to prescribe medications, evaluate and treat psychologic and interpersonal problems, and to intervene with families who are coping with stress, crises, and other problems in living. This information was adapted from the American Board of Medical Specialties website.


  • Length of training: 4 years
  • Match: NRMP
  • Application service: ERAS

Ohio State Department of Psychiatry

  • Department Chair: K. Luan Phan, MD
  • Residency Director: Julie Niedermier, MD
  • Residency Coordinator: Joenna Cynkar, 614-293-4540
  • Education Director: Julie Niedermier, MD
  • Education Coordinator: Melissa Stahr, 614-293-8282

Learn more about the Department of Psychiatry

Specialty Champions

  • David Kasick, MD
  • Julie Teater, MD


AAMC Careers in Medicine: Psychiatry