Oct 29, 2020  
Catalog/Bulletin 2019-2020 
Catalog/Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Psychiatry

Howard J. Osofsky, MD, PhD
Professor and Head of the Department

General Adult Psychiatry

Mark Townsend, M. D.
Chief of Section

The General Adult Psychiatry Section of the Department consists of many diverse programs, each consistent with the overall academic and clinical mission of the Department. We operate 38 inpatient beds at the LSU Hospitals-DePaul Campus on New Orleans’ Audubon Park, including a 9-bed unit focusing on co-occurring alcohol and substance use disorders. We provide psychiatric consultation to approximately 400 patients each month in the emergency department of the downtown Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH), where we also direct the consult-liaison service for the hospital’s 386 licensed beds. We provide electroconvulsive therapy for inpatients at both DePaul and ILH.

Adult outpatient treatment is delivered at several New Orleans locations. Our principal general adult clinic, the LSU Behavioral Sciences Center (BSC), is located on the Touro Infirmary Campus. BSC clinicians consist of psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, as well as trainees in each of these professions. BSC is a high-volume clinic that includes patients treated both by faculty and by ILH house officers. Our psychopharmacology clinical trials program is also housed at BSC. Additionally, we deliver psychiatric care from within the specialty clinics of ILH, principally with faculty, residents and fellows associated with our Psychosomatic Fellowship. Faculty and residents also provide treatment at several partial hospitals and nursing homes. We also provide addictive disorders/co-occurring disorders treatment and medical education in neighborhood-based clinics. Geriatric Psychiatry is a subspecialty of Psychiatry that employs a multidisciplinary approach to care. Geriatric Psychiatry involves a special body of knowledge about developmental tasks, biological aging, psychopharmacology dosing and responses, adverse effects from medications, psychotherapeutic approaches and modifications for cognitive impairment, community resources, family issues, medical and neurological co-morbidities, health care policies, housing options, and increased reliance on multidisciplinary care to name a few. Without this information, inappropriate treatment or ineffective treatment becomes the norm.

Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry

Martin J. Drell, MD
Chief of the Section

The Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Section is responsible for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders of infants, children, and adolescents. It operates clinical services for patients of all social strata. Different therapeutic modalities are utilized to meet the needs of individual patients and their caregivers. Members of the Section participate in a wide range of clinical and research programs with a special focus on public sector systems of care, children under 6 years of age, children impacted by violence, and pediatric psychopharmacology. In addition, the Section is involved in educational efforts at the medical student and the post graduate level. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary, developmentally influenced, biopsychosocial approach which considers not only the individual child, but the family, peer groups, schools and the community at large.


Phillip T. Griffin, PhD
Chief of the Section

The Psychology Section is responsible for the provision of clinical psychological consultation, assessment, and treatment services with infants, children, adolescents, and adults. Section members are actively engaged in the teaching/training/ supervision of medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and social work trainees; collaborative research projects; and administrative activities. The Section offers a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology fully approved by the American Psychological Association. The Psychology Section works in close collaboration with other Sections in the Department, Medical School, and Health Sciences Center.

Social Work

Michele M. Many, LCSW, MSW
Chief of the Section

The Social Work Section is responsible for the provision of psychosocial and family systems assessments and interventions within the Department’s clinical service programs. Emphasizing an ecological as well as interpersonal approach to the patient, the Section stresses the developmental, familial, community, cross cultural, social, economic and environmental contexts of mental health care. Section members participate in medical teaching and provide didactic and experiential training to post graduate Psychiatry, Psychology and Social Work trainees. Members are also involved in a number of federally funded extramural research projects.