The Section of Psychiatry and
the Section of Clinical Psychology of the Department of Public
Health and Community Medicine, University of Verona, provide care, education
and research. Clinical activity takes place in the Psychiatric University
Clinic, in the Mental Health Centre, in the staffed residential facilities and
apartments for long-term patients, in the Outpatient Departments, and in other
community-based facilities which constitute an integrated system of mental
health care, dedicated to the residents in the South-Verona area (100.000
inhabitants) . It is run by the University of Verona in collaboration with the
Hospital Trust and the Local Health Trust No.20 . Consultation-Liaison sessions
for patients suffering from mental disorders in comorbidity with physical
illnesses admitted in the General Hospital Wards are also provided.
This is part of the clinical activities of the Department of Mental Health of Verona , which overall serves a 500.000 inhabitant catchment area including the City of Verona and part of its Province.
Education and training is provided for undergraduate students in medicine, in psychosocial rehabilitation and in other health professions, post-graduate residents and post-graduate Ph.D. students (clinical psychology and psychiatry). The areas of research regard epidemiological psychiatry, evaluation of mental health services, evaluation of outcome of care provided in community mental health settings, costs evaluation, genetics and neuroimaging of schizophrenic and bipolar disorders, clinical psychopharmacology, pragmatic trials of pharmacological and psychosocial interventions, patient-health provider communication, geography of mental health.
In 1987 the Section of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology - due to its reputation in research, teaching and training activities - has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health and Service Evaluation . The last redesignation occurred in November 2013 and will last four years.