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Psychiatry and Neuro-Behavioral Sciences

We are fortunate to be part of a revolutionary age in medicine, particularly osteopathic medicine, in which we further our knowledge of not only origins of diseases but the complexity of humans. Although we understand more about the physiology and chemistry of the brain than ever before, we increasingly recognize it as a never-ending frontier of medical research and discovery.

Neuropsychiatry serves a crucial role in healthcare. As a discipline it is our mission to improve healthcare in general and especially to strive for improvement of mental healthcare, which often plays a vital role in the overall functioning of the patient. We encourage this mission through increasing community awareness, support of continuing education and practice initiatives for our diverse clinical faculty, and most importantly by passing on our passion for discovery and knowledge to future generations of osteopathic physicians.

VCOM’s experienced faculty members are leaders in the mental health field from diverse backgrounds and skills. Faculty are actively engaged in clinical practice as well as teaching, and are uniquely dedicated to the concept of education in medicine. Many are researchers and have made significant contributions to the profession and the scientific understanding of psychiatric conditions.

Discipline Chair
Paul Switzer, MD, DHA
Discipline Chair, Psychiatry and Neuro-Behavioral Sciences


Associate Professor for Psychiatry and Neuro-Behavioral Sciences
VCOM Clinical Counselor - Carolinas Campus
Phone: 864-327-9875
Fax: 864-804-6986
Vice Provost for Professional and Public Affairs
Founding Dean of VCOM-Carolinas
Phone: 864-327-9807
Fax: 864-804-6986
Associate Dean for College Advancement and Chair for Psychiatry
Phone: 864-327-9878
Fax: 864-804-6991