About the Department of Psychiatry

Harlem Hospital Center

Established in 1963, the Harlem Hospital Center Department of Psychiatry has been privileged to serve the people of Central Harlem and the Northern Manhattan community. The first Chair of the Department was Elizabeth Davis, MD, who came from Columbia University Psychiatric Institute to establish this department. The Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to the hospital’s mission to provide competent, sensitive, quality care to our patients with dignity and compassion, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, religion, or ability to pay, in a safe environment.


The Department of Psychiatry's divisions include:

  • Chemical Dependency Treatment Program (outpatient)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (outpatient)
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program
  • Mobile Crisis Unit
  • Inpatient Service for Adults
  • Outpatient Clinic for Adults (includes geriatric services)
  • Ward Consultation/Liaison Service

These programs are located throughout the hospital, including the Martin Luther King Pavilion, the Ronald H. Brown Pavilion, and the Mural Pavilion. Our multidisciplinary staff consists of licensed and trained psychiatrists, residents, social workers, psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, activity therapists, addiction counselors, and psychiatric health technicians who provide care that is both interdisciplinary and collaborative.