Who we are....

The UK College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is comprised of a diverse team of highly skilled clinicians and staff working together to create a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is based on the premise that “everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life” and that as a community “we must work together to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to make healthy choices.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The department is using this framework to harness the power of academic medicine to deliver cutting-edge clinical services with the expertise derived from robust community engagement to provide a platform for educating and training the future leaders of psychiatry. Our work is only as good as the impact we make on the community we live in.  The department of psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine strives to provide the highest level of patient care, innovative educational programs, active research in mental illness and advocacy throughout the state of Kentucky and beyond. These pursuits have helped the department win the American College of Psychiatrists’ Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education not once, but twice. 

The department employs physicians, psychologists, therapists, and other mental health professionals to provide a wide variety of behavioral health and substance use treatment services at multiple locations:

  • UK Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Care Clinic at Fountain Court – Lexington, Ky.
  • Albert B. Chandler Hospital – Lexington, Ky.
  • UK Good Samaritan Hospital – Lexington, Ky.
  • Kentucky Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit – Lexington, Ky.
  • Eastern State Hospital – Lexington, Ky.
  • Various other clinics and departments throughout the UK HealthCare system and outside organizations throughout Kentucky. 

Our team of researchers are working to advance the understanding of behavioral health and how behavioral health conditions are managed and treated. Our department has five ACGME-certified residency training programs which focus on training more than 50 physicians each year to become the future leaders in psychiatry.

The department of psychiatry’s administrative, education, and research offices are located near the Hamburg area of Lexington at 245 Fountain Ct., Lexington, Ky., 40509.  This off-campus location provides free onsite parking for employees and patients as well as a primary care/urgent care clinic and retail pharmacy that is accessible for both patients and employees.

Where we live....

Ranked as one of the nation's best places to live and work, Lexington offers many diverse educational, cultural and commercial opportunities. With a population of over 250,000 people, Lexington supports cultural attractions such as opera, ballet, theater, and musical events. Surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms, the Bluegrass Region is known for its natural beauty. 

For additional information about Lexington and what it has to offer, please visit https://hr.uky.edu/employment/working-uk/life-in-lexington

What we offer....

Forbes magazine announced in February 2023 that it ranked the University of Kentucky sixth out of 500 total companies on its America’s Best Large Employers list. UK is listed second nationally in the education category.  The University of Kentucky provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and insurance benefits, a competitive 2:1 retirement match up to 5% of an employee’s base salary, discounts to local, regional and national businesses, paid vacation and temporary disability leave (sick time) and 14 paid holidays each year.  For additional information on University of Kentucky’s benefits, please visit https://hr.uky.edu/insurance-and-retirement.


What we're looking for....

We are currently recruiting for faculty in the following areas:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Inpatient
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Ambulatory
  • Adult Psychiatry – Inpatient
  • Adult Psychiatry – Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychiatry – Ambulatory
  • Psychologists – Ambulatory

If you are interested in joining our team to help transform the behavioral health system of care in the Lexington area and throughout Kentucky, please consider applying for one of our faculty positions.  All posted faculty positions can be accessed via the following link:  UK Psychiatry Faculty Positions