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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences


Michael Garrett, MD

Michael Garrett, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Vice Chairman for Clinical Services, SUNY Downstate
Faculty, Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical Center


Dr. Garrett is currently the Vice Chairman of Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed his residency training in Psychiatry at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. Most of Dr. Garrett's professional career has been spent in the public psychiatry sector, first at North Central Bronx Hospital, where he became Associate Director of Psychiatry, and then Medical Director at NCB in 1995. In 1997 he became Deputy Director of Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital, where he was responsible for clinical services.

In 2003 he came to SUNY Downstate as Vice Chairman for Clinical Services in the Department of Psychiatry. At present his time is evenly divided between medical administration, teaching, and clinical research. He has for many years had an interest in the difficulties clinicians encounter when trying to develop a relationship with psychotic individuals who have a fundamentally different view of reality than the clinician. He has a particular interest in combined psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural treatments of schizophrenia. His academic and research interests also include the voice hearing experience, lack of insight in psychosis, and the relationship between psychosis and ordinary mental processes.

  • Garrett, M. and Silva, R. (2003) Auditory Hallucinations, Source Monitoring, and a Belief that 'Voices' Are Real. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 29(3):445-457
  • Garrett, M, Stone, D. and Turkington, D. (2006) Normalizing Psychotic Symptoms. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice. Vol 79, Part 4, 595-610
  • Garrett, M. & Turkington, D. (2010) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a Psychoanalytic Frame. Psychosis 2(1) pgs 2-13