Emory University Student Health Services offers free psychiatric services for all enrolled Emory students.  Services are also available for spouses/domestic partners, if the spouse/partner is enrolled in the Emory University Student Health Insurance plan (EUSHIP).  EUSHS psychiatry services are located in the 1525 Clifton Road Building.  Patients should check in on the second floor.

Services offered include diagnostic psychiatric evaluations, medication evaluations, and long-term management of psychiatric medications.  We can also offer referrals/recommendations for Atlanta area-based mental health providers for those students who wish to seek services off-campus.

As part of our commitment to our Emory students, their families and the Emory community at large, Emory University Student Health Services strives to be readily available to all students for mental health evaluations, crises and triage services.  Sometimes, the management of long-standing, chronic and/or complex psychiatric conditions is beyond the scope and/or capabilities of our service, given our commitment to crisis management and timely intervention, our short-term treatment model and our available psychiatrist resources.

Over the past several years, the number of students at Emory requesting evaluation and care for attention deficit-hyperactivity related disorders (ADHD/ADD) has escalated tremendously.  Providing services to this large and increasing volume of ADHD/ADD patients made it impossible to maintain the availability of quality psychiatric services for students with immediate mental health needs, potentially putting these other high-risk patients in jeopardy. Therefore, at this time, we are not accepting any new patients for medication management of stimulant (ADHD/ADD) medications at EUSHS Psychiatry. Some examples of these types of medicine include Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin, and Vyvanse.  For information about available ADHD/ADD services in the Emory area, including formal diagnostic testing for ADHD, please see more information below.

  • If you are an enrolled Emory University student and you have not seen a psychiatrist at the Emory Student Health Services, then call 404-727-6145 for your initial appointment.
  • If you have seen one of our psychiatrists in the past 2 years, please call 404-727-6145 and make a follow up appointment with the same psychiatrist. In order to maintain continuity of care we require that students follow up with the same psychiatrist throughout their care here. This has been updated to reflect new policies related to COVID 19. 
  • If a student would like to request to change psychiatrists, they must first discuss this with their current psychiatrist, who would then discuss the available options with the student.
  • If you are currently enrolled as a student at Emory University and have seen one of our Student Health Service psychiatrists, please contact your psychiatrist by secure messaging through the Student Patient Portal  to request refills. Please allow up to 24 business hours for all refill requests.
  • If you have not seen a psychiatrist at Emory University Student Health Services, then you must request refills from your last prescribing physician. We are not able to provide refills without a completed SHS clinical evaluation.
Please click here for a PDF of behavioral health provider covered under the Emory University Health Insurance Plan.
  • As an enrolled student, if you are requiring assistance after hours for a crisis you can call the on-call Student Intervention Services professional (SIS) at 404-430-1120.
  • If you are an established patient at Student Health Services-Psychiatry, you can call the on call psychiatrist at 404-778-5000 for urgent concerns. The on call psychiatrist is reserved for urgent situations that cannot wait until the next business day.
  • For requests as an established patient for medication refills, please send a secure message through the Student Patient Portal and the message will be attended to the next business day.
  • If you are experiencing a life threatening situation please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

As part of our commitment to our Emory students, their families and the Emory community at large, Emory Student Health Services strive to be readily available to all students for mental health evaluations, crises and triage services. In addition, we offer psychiatric services to provide evaluation, diagnosis and ongoing medication management for acute mental health disorders. Often, the management of long-standing, chronic and/or complex psychiatric conditions is beyond the scope and/or capabilities of our service, given our commitment to crisis management and timely intervention, our short-term treatment model and our available counselor/psychiatrist resources. 

Over the past several years, the number of students at Emory requesting evaluation and care for attention deficit-hyperactivity related disorders (ADHD/ADD) has escalated tremendously. Providing services to this large and increasing volume of ADHD/ADD patients made it impossible to maintain the availability of quality psychiatric services for students with immediate mental health needs/crises, potentially putting these other high-risk patients in jeopardy. Therefore, in Fall 2005, we made the decision no longer assume the care of new ADHD/ADD student patients at Student Health Services, in order to maintain access for students with urgent/crisis mental health needs. Emory students already under our care for ADHD/ADD were allowed to remain in the practice until graduation, but new patients are now referred to other psychiatric providers. 

If you are a new or transfer student on ADHD/ADD medications, please contact your current physician/psychiatrist to work out a plan for ongoing care and medication once you arrive on campus. Due to the nature of the medications used for this disorder, many physicians/ psychiatrists will not prescribe for students away from home, so these students will need to be seen by an Emory area/local physician/psychiatrist.

Insurance Issues:  New students who are insured by the Emory University Student Health Insurance Plan (EUSHIP) are required by the policy to obtain a referral from Emory University Student Health Services or the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for psychiatric and psychological care outside Emory Student Health Services or CAPS.  Without a referral, students cannot receive coverage for this specialist care. To obtain a referral to have ADHD/ADD testing or to see an outside psychologist or psychiatrist:

  1. Emory (Atlanta Campus) students: please contact the Emory Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 404-727-7450. The referral will be generated internally and will be submitted to the Emory University Student Health Insurance Plan (EUSHIP) electronically.

  2. Oxford College students: please contact the Oxford Counseling and Career Services at 770-784-8394.

Off Campus Care for ADD/ADHD

We have attached a list of psychiatrists (MDs) and clinics in the Emory and Atlanta area that will see and treat Emory students with ADHD/ADD.  Click on this link to view the current psychiatry treatment list.  We recommend that you check with your insurance company to see if there are preferred psychiatric providers covered by your plan in the Atlanta area.  Please keep in mind that many area psychiatrists have a 1-3 month waiting period for a first appointment.For off campus care, students who are insured by the EUSHIP Plan are also required by the policy to obtain a referral from Emory University Student Health Services (EUSHS) for psychiatric and psychological care outside Emory Student Health Services and/or CAPS.  Without a referral, students cannot receive coverage for this specialist care. To obtain a referral to have ADHD/ADD testing or to see an outside psychologist or psychiatrist, please contact the Counseling Center at 404-727-7450. The referral will be generated internally and will be submitted to EUSHIP electronically. 

If you are unsure of a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD you may want to proceed with formal diagnostic testing to confirm the diagnosis.  Formal testing is performed by a PhD psychologist and may be needed to establish the diagnosis. To access a list of psychologists (PhDs) in that do formal testing, click on this psychology-testing link.  Please keep in mind that these (PhD) providers cannot prescribe medication for ADHD/ADD (see the previous list of psychiatrists (MD) for prescribing and other medication issues).  As a rule, diagnostic testing is mandatory for any accommodations desired with Office of Accessibility Services or for accommodations on major examinations such as the LSAT, GRE, MCAT, etc. If you are unsure whether/with whom to start an evaluation, we would recommend starting with the psychiatrist (MD), who can then help you decide if formal testing is necessary.

While our Emory Student Health Services counseling and psychiatry professionals will no longer treat and manage new students with ADHD/ADD themselves, they will continue to be available to students to help find appropriate evaluation and treatment resources in the Emory area. We thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

  • Under the supervision of Emory University Student Health Services (Psychiatry) and Campus Life, the Case Manager works collaboratively with the Faculty, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health Services, the Division of Campus Life, Disability Services Coordinator and the Office of Undergraduate Education, as well as other service professionals on campus to track students with specific challenges and ensure a successful transition to and retention in the college environment.

The Case Manager coordinates student services and provides connections with campus departments as well as outside agencies and providers, assisting students in identifying and navigating resources both on and off campus to meet their needs.

At Emory University Student Health Services, the psychiatry department often gets requests for letters of accommodation for academics, housing, or other purposes. 

  • Enrolled Emory University students requesting a letter of accommodation must be an established patient with Emory University Student Health Psychiatry. Typically that means we have seen the student for at least 3 visits, though this may vary based on the psychiatrist’s clinical judgement.
  • If you would like to request a letter of accommodation for Office of Accessibility Services from your psychiatrist, please speak directly with them about the request during an in person appointment. Please allow sufficient time for requests to be filled, particularly during the peak weeks of the semesters. For any further questions, please call 404-727-6145.

Student Health Services

Emory University Student Health Services (EUSHS) provides outpatient care for enrolled Emory students with a valid Emory ID card. International student's spouses, Domestic Partners and unmarried children over 18 years of age are also eligible for primary medical care if they are currently enrolled in the Emory/Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.

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