Your Support Makes a Difference

Mental Health Development Team Lisa Fabian, Nancy Davis & Courtney Metzger

Thank you for your interest in partnering with us to advance the important work of the U-M Department of Psychiatry! Your generosity can support a wide range of clinical, research, and educational opportunities that are transforming lives every day.

The U-M Department of Psychiatry has a number of ongoing initiatives that rely on supporters like you to have a vital impact. For more information on these priority initiatives or other meaningful ways to support the Department of Psychiatry, please reach out to our Mental Health Development Team:  [email protected]


Departmental Giving Opportunities

Chair’s Discovery Fund 312546

Great ideas sometimes languish for lack of even modest funding support. The Chair’s Discovery Fund is a resource for the chair to help innovative ideas get off the ground. This support will allow faculty scientists to collect enough data to demonstrate the promise and potential of their work as a basis to seek larger levels of funding through foundations and federal grant mechanisms.

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Psychiatry Annual Fund 340404

The Department of Psychiatry Annual Fund is critical to our success in advancing cutting edge research, innovative care and providing support to the future leaders in the clinic, classroom and laboratory for the benefit of those whose lives are affected by psychiatric illnesses.

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Gift Fund 339247

Gifts will support the most urgent priorities related to child and adolescent mental wellness – including early identification, effective interventions, and strategies that will increase access to care.

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University of Michigan Addiction Innovation Fund 328885

The U-M Addiction Center conducts leading-edge research to prevent and treat addictions. This fund provides early funding for innovative approaches that will lead to scientific breakthroughs to advance the field.

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Special Legacy Initiatives

Abelson/Curtis Legacy Fund for Anxiety Disorders 702673

Supporting the clinical, educational, and scientific excellence of the U-M Anxiety Disorders Program

To honor Dr. James Abelson’s nearly three decades of leadership, the Department of Psychiatry announces the establishment of the Abelson/Curtis Legacy Fund which benefits the Anxiety Disorders Program while paying tribute to the founder of the program, George Curtis, M.D., and to Dr. Abelson for his many accomplishments over the years. 

As Dr. Abelson steps down as Anxiety Program director in 2023, he wishes to help the clinic’s third director, Sarah Bommarito, M.D., launch her leadership career with a legacy fund, mirroring the one bequeathed to him when he became the program’s second director. This fund will entwine the Abelson and Curtis names in a lasting way to support the clinic’s ongoing educational missions. Read more about the history of the Anxiety Disorders Program and this new fund that will support it.

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Michele B. Riba MD Endowment Fund in Psychiatry 702575

Gifts will honor Dr. Riba's extraordinary accomplishments by continuing her legacy of compassionate and transformative patient care.

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