Friends of Research in Psychiatry


Through the generosity and support from an extraordinary group throughout the Tampa Bay community - The Friends of Research In Psychiatry - the University of South Florida's Institute for Research in Psychiatry was officially opened in January 1992 as part of the University Psychiatry Center. It houses 15,000 square feet of research space that is devoted to discovering the causes of mental, addictive and behavioral disorders and developing effective interventions to prevent, treat and conquer them. Major current research areas include the molecular biology of mental illness and applied clinical research.

Since then, The Friends of Research In Psychiatry have supported not just our research mission but our educational and clinical programs as well. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences' mission is to educate health care practitioners about mental, addictive and behavioral disorders, advance scientific knowledge about the nature, causes and treatment of these conditions, and provide exemplary models of clinical care in order to benefit the health and well-being of the people of Florida. We could not succeed without the generosity, support, and partnership with The Friends.

To Join

To become a Friend or to learn more about how you can support USF Health Psychiatry, please contact Maureen Tavrell at:

Friends of Research in Psychiatry
Institute for Research in Psychiatry
USF Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
3515 East Fletcher Avenue, MDC 14
Tampa, FL 33613

To Make a Gift

By Phone or Email: To make a gift now, Meredith Chapin at the USF Health Office of Development is dedicated to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and will help you partner with us. If you are interested in making a gift or learning about other gifts of personal property, real estate, a bequest, or seek information about other gift planning options, please call her at (813) 974-4837 or e-mail, mchapin@health.usf.edu.

By Mail: Please download and complete our Pledge Card and forward your gift to:

Maureen Tavrell
Friends of Research in Psychiatry
Institute for Research in Psychiatry
USF Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
3515 East Fletcher Avenue, MDC 14
Tampa, FL 33613

Online: More information for giving online is coming soon.



We thank you for your assistance to help us help our patients, their families, and our community through research, clinical care, and education.