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Psychosis Consultation Service
Psychiatry Outpatient Department, Wang Ambulatory Care Center
15 Parkman Street, 8th floor
Boston, MA 02114
Hours: Consultations are generally scheduled on Thursday afternoons.
How to Schedule a Consultation
All consultations are scheduled by our program manager, Leah Namey, MPH:
The Consultation Request Form can be used to provide a brief treatment summary. Please send the completed form along with a treatment summary back to Leah ahead of time.
Explore This Treatment Program
The Psychosis Consultation Service at Massachusetts General Hospital provides the following services:
- Diagnostic and treatment advice about psychosis and schizophrenia for physicians
- Education about schizophrenia for families
- Medical work-up for patients
The Psychosis Consultation Service provides a number of services and is made possible with a generous gift from the Rampuria Family.
Second Opinion Consultations (Adult Patients)
The purpose of this consultation is a to confirm a suspected diagnosis of schizophrenia or to provide expert advice about treatment in patients with established schizophrenia. We are often asked for help with patients who have not responded well to first-line treatments and continue to have symptoms despite treatment (so-called treatment-refractory schizophrenia). We also see many patients and families who are wondering if clozapine (a specialty antipsychotic medication that can help in cases where other treatments do not work) should be used and provide education to patients and families regarding its use.
What to Expect
For this consultation, the patient must be able to come to Mass General. The consultation is team-based and includes a psychologist and psychiatrist (usually Corinne Cather, PhD, and Oliver Freudenreich, MD, respectively). Since Mass General is a teaching hospital, our psychiatry fellow or residents will also be involved in the consultation.
This consultation includes:
- A chart review
- A clinical interview of the patient and accompanying family members
The consultation concludes with a meeting to discuss our impression and treatment recommendations. The referring doctor will then receive a written visit summary. We offer more extensive medical work-up for families who are able to return for a second visit.
All patients are automatically enrolled in our program’s patient registry, which aims to improve medical care for patients with schizophrenia through better care coordination.
First Episode and Early Psychosis Consultations (Adolescent Patients)
Patients 19 and under who are experiencing psychosis for the first time are treated through the First Episode and Early Psychosis (FEPP) program.
Patient & Family Resources
Watch archived videos from the Department of Psychiatry's annual Schizophrenia Education d
- Patient Education
- Jul | 10 | 2019
The First-episode and Early Psychosis Program (FEPP) evaluates and treats people in the critical early stages of schizophrenia or related psychotic illnesses.
- Feb | 5 | 2019
Brain Imaging Studies Provide New Insights into Biological Basis of Behaviors in Schizophrenia and Autism
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are using brain imaging technology to learn more about how individuals with autism and schizophrenia view the world through different lenses.
- Patient Education
- Dec | 30 | 2018
Frequently asked questions about psychosis and schizophrenia for both patients and family members.
- Dec | 6 | 2017
Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Aims to Reset Circuits to Treat Neuropsychiatric Conditions at Massachusetts General Hospital
With the advent of noninvasive brain stimulation techniques, clinicians now have at their disposal easy, safe methods to modulate brain activity.
- Patient Education
- May | 13 | 2017
Toward treatment and recovery from schizophrenia.
Pioneering Psychiatry Research
The integration of patient care and clinical research has been a hallmark of the Department of Psychiatry for more than 30 years. Today, the department has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, with studies at the forefront of neuroscience, molecular biology and genetics.