Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Macon Campus

Mission Statement
Angela Hale, MD, Interim Chair and Clinical Associate Professor

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The mission of the department is to train medical students and other professionals to serve as primary care physicians and mental health providers in rural and underserved areas of Georgia. In medical education, we train physicians through the Brain and Behavior Phase to understand and care for their patients as persons who have bodies, minds, and families – the Biopsychosocial model of medical education. We also provide diverse experiences in the third year psychiatry clerkship for physicians who will need to know how to care for patients and their families mental health needs in their future practices. Our fourth year electives provide students with the opportunity to acquire more expertise in specific areas of psychiatry and behavioral sciences that they fell they will need when they begin the practice of medicine. In addition to medical education, we are proud to offer the Mercer University School of Medicine's first Master's program and first Ph.D. program.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Medical Psychology is a five year program which aims to train clinical psychologists to be an integral part in the future of medicine, especially in integrated healthcare teams. These students train to be specialists in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues in the medical environment.

The Masters in Family Therapy (MFT) program is the first and largest MFT program in Georgia, the first MFT COAMFTE accredited program in Georgia, and one of only two such programs in medical schools in the USA. With training sites both in Macon and at piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, we train students to care for families, especially those impacted by chronic illness and disability. Our graduates are employed in settings from private practice to hospital, hospice, and other medical and mental health settings.

Ultimately, the goal of our department is to "give psychiatry away." Our excellent and diverse faculty does this through teaching and other activities in practically all divisions of medical education, from Community Medicine to Family Medicine and through other areas. Our faculty members lecture, supervise, conduct research, and teach physicians who will practice in all areas of medicine to understand and work with patients and their families to meet their medical, psychological, and family needs. We are proud to be a part of the Mercer University School of Medicine.

Angela Hale, MD
Interim Chair and Clinical Associate Professor
hale_aj@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2218