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Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences

Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Ryan Wagoner, MD,
Professor & Chair

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences   

As a department, we pride ourselves on engaging our local community through clinical services, innovative research, and education. Our department has been honored to receive national and international recognition and support for research and innovative approaches to treatment.

With the strong support of Dean Charley Lockwood and other key USF Health leaders, our department has been experiencing an exciting period of robust growth in all core missions: research, education, and clinical care.

Please explore this website to get a sense of the many current activities. Check back often as many new initiatives will unfold over the next year. Contact us directly if you would like to learn more.


Dr. Ryan Wagoner


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience’s 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.

Breaking News 

USF Health Byrd Institute advances Alzheimer's research and care toward a promising future

Targeting Dysregulated Kappa-opioid receptors Reduces Working Memory Deficits in Alcohol Use Disorder

State Grant Advances USF Health Research on how Diet-related Changes in Gut and Oral microbiomes Affect the Aging Brain