UC San Diego was founded in 1960 and is one of nine University of California campuses. UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 15 research universities in the world and ranks fifth in the nation for federal research support. Its mission is to prepare the next generation of global leaders to drive innovation, generate and disseminate knowledge, engage in public service, and make the world a better place.


UC San Diego’s School of Medicine is nationally renowned for its strong research programs; it has ranked top two nationally in federal research funding per faculty member. In the 2019 fiscal year, UC San Diego earned $1.35 billion in sponsored research funding. The UC San Diego School of Medicine emphasizes professional training and research in their mission “to provide cutting edge resources and education to our students so they may grow into innovative and compassionate physicians, focused on providing superior medical care to the global community.”


The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1970 and strives “to enhance mental wellness and better the lives of people with mental illness across the lifespan through basic, clinical, and translational research; by educating the next generation of scientists and clinicians; and by providing state-of-the-art, evidence-based, personalized, and compassionate care, in partnership with our community.”

As an academic unit, the Department of Psychiatry is committed to offering superb training to the next generation of scientist-practitioners. Since its inception, the department has continually expanded its existing training programs, creating new clinical fellowships and research training opportunities. The department brought in $72 million in sponsored research funding ($47.5 from NIH) in the 2019 fiscal year and is nationally ranked third in psychiatry departments for research funding.

In addition to the psychologists and psychiatrists, UC San Diego researchers and clinicians with appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience, Family and Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Psychology, and Cognitive Science are also a part of the JDP faculty.