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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds

Thursday, 02 September, 2021

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience will present a Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. The event will be both on Zoom and in person.

The Zoom event ID will be 932 1760 1415. The in-person location is Schwitalla Hall M115, Lecture Hall 1. All attendees must be vaccinated to attend and a mask must be worn.


“SLU Psychiatry: State of the Department”

Erick Messias, M.D., MPH, PhD

Professor & Chair of Psychiatry 
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience 
Saint Louis University School of Medicine


Erick Messias was born and raised in Brazil, where he completed medical school and practiced family medicine in rural areas before moving to Baltimore for residency training. He then completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland, in 2001, and preventive medicine training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in 2003. While at Hopkins he also received a master’s in public health and a PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Since graduation he has held academic positions at his alma mater in Brazil, and later in Georgia and Arkansas where he was medical director of the Walker Family Clinic and responsible for the House Staff Mental Health Service at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. Dr. Messias served as VP and Medical Director for Beacon Health Options, overseeing the mental health care received by Arkansas Medicaid recipients.

Dr. Messias has over 50 publications in scientific journals, has published several book chapters, and edited a volume on schizophrenia for psychiatrists and a textbook on Positive Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychotherapy; he’s the recipient of many research and teaching awards. He also served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affair for the UAMS College of Medicine and Program Director for the Baptist-UAMS psychiatry residency program, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Messias is currently the Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the St. Louis University School of Medicine.