Lisa Fortuna with a student

Message from the Chair


Greetings from the Department Chair Lisa Fortuna

Lisa Fortuna

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the UC Riverside School of Medicine.

Our department has grown tremendously since its founding in 2014 and features a diverse and talented group of clinical and research faculty meeting the needs of our community of Inland Southern California. We serve our community as an integrated department with Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Neurology and Pain Management. We provide comprehensive care for individuals seeking treatment for psychiatric, neurologic, neurosurgical and pain conditions.

We are the only university-based academic program in Riverside County, and with our active and vibrant research endeavors, our patients  have access to receive tomorrow’s treatments today.  We offer specialty care in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, stuttering, child/adolescent conditions, treatment resistant depression, ADHD, refractory bipolar disorder, OCD, Tourette’s,  PTSD and other illnesses. We also have clinical operations based in Orange County and the Coachella Valley.

Through our advanced treatment utilizing telemedicine, our clinicians are able to assist Californians across our state.  Our faculty physicians also provide specialized care in multiple sclerosis, headache, stroke, movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, spine disorders, and pain.

We have developed a unique psychiatry residency training program that emphasizes innovative clinical care in a variety of settings. With such diversity in training with supervision from internationally renowned faculty, our graduates are well prepared to serve our community.

We operate our psychiatric residency and fellowship programs with the simple, operating principle where education and quality of life are first and foremost.

Our fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry allow us to address special areas of need in our community.

There is so much more to say about our program - more than can be covered in a short message such as this. If you have questions that I can answer for you, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, MDiv
Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience