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Welcome to Saint Elizabeths Hospital/DC DBH!

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, Saint Elizabeths Hospital/DC DBH is the primary training site for ACGME-accredited, community-based training programs in Adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. The hospital opened in 1855 as the first federally operated psychiatric hospital in the United States and continues serving patients today with severe and persistent mental illness as part of the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health. Our residency and fellowship programs are robust pieces of the long-standing history of Saint Elizabeths Hospital as a teaching site for those working in the mental health field.

Saint Elizabeths Hospital/DC DBH is home to accredited, full-time residency training programs for Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Psychology, Dentistry, and Chaplaincy and part-time training programs that include art and dance therapy, nursing, and social work. The wide array of training that takes place in the hospital allows our residents and fellows to truly take part in comprehensive care for patients living with mental illness.


Our Vision


Our program envisions psychiatry as a field whose origins are firmly rooted in medicine. It is a discipline which integrates neurobiology, psychology and sociology, each of which deepens our understanding of human behavior and enhances delivery of the best psychiatric care. The rapidly expanding neurochemical and neuropsychological understanding of human behavior is combined with an understanding of human development, psychodynamics and the individual’s social and cultural milieu to cultivate humane care and provide the most effective treatments.

At Saint Elizabeths Hospital/DC DBH, you will become part of a rich legacy that has repeatedly made psychiatric history and expanded the vision of the US mental health care system.

Residency Moments