Human Behavior & Mental Health

Our human behavior and mental health series addresses your patients’ well-being — as well as your own.

Departmental faculty, UB psychiatrists and other experts cover a range of subjects during this series, which extends throughout residency. It includes workshops, lectures and small-group sessions.

Topics cover:

Mental Health

  • screening, diagnosis and management of mental disorders and substance abuse

Behavioral Medicine

  • health behavior changes
  • death and dying
  • caregivers
  • chronic pain
  • mind-body interactions

Resident Well-Being

  • stress management
  • assertiveness training
  • teamwork

Advanced Interviewing

  • interviewing styles
  • nonverbal behavior
  • reaching common ground
  • handling conflict

Family Issues

  • family systems
  • interviewing families


  • family violence
  • rape
  • sexual abuse
  • crime victims

Developmental Issues

  • individual developmental stages
  • family developmental stages
  • child developmental issues

We integrate related themes — such as patient-centered medicine, community resources, medical ethics and patient safety — throughout the curriculum.


Throughout intern year (workshops)

PGY-2 and 3
Every other month (topical series)

PGY-1, 2 and 3
Once per rotation (small-group sessions)