Robert M Rohrbaugh, MD

Professor of Psychiatry; Deputy Chair for Education and Career Development, Department of Psychiatry; Residency Program Director, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Office of International Medical Student Education, Yale School of Medicine

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Adult Psychiatry | Division of Aging & Geriatric Psychiatry | Yale Global Mental Health Program

Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship

Office of International Medical Student Education

Yale/Stanford J&J Global Health Scholars Program

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research

Yale Institute for Global Health


A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship programs, Dr. Rohrbaugh has been a member of the Yale Department of Psychiatry faculty since 1988. Early in his career, Dr. Rohrbaugh's clinical, educational and research interests were at the interface of geropsychiatry and medicine. He has been Chief of the Psychiatry Consult service at VA-Connecticut and developed the geropsychiatry service and the psychiatry primary care clinic at VA-Connecticut. He was the Clinical Director for VA-Connecticut Mental Health Service Line before leaving the VA to become the department's residency program director.

Throughout his career Dr. Rohrbaugh has been active in medical student and residency education. He has been especially interested in teaching beginning clinicians how to listen to a patient's narrative, identify pertinent data, and use that data to develop a bio-psycho-social formulation and treatment plan. Dr. Rohrbaugh served as the Clerkship Director and Director of Medical Studies for medical student education and as Associate Program Director before assuming the Program Director role in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Rohrbaugh was named Deputy Chair for Education and Career Development, extending his role in education to faculty in the department.

Most recently, Dr. Rohrbaugh has worked to educate Yale medical students and residents in global health and has worked with colleagues at Xiangya School of Medicine in Changsha, Hunan Province, PRC to develop a competency based model for post-graduate (residency) education. This model has heavily influenced the Chinese national model for residency training. He was named the Founding Director of the Yale School of Medicine's Office of International Medical Student Education in 2008. In 2015, having noted the irony that global health education is largely discussed by educators in high income countries, Dr. Rohrbaugh co-founded the Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative with an explicit goal of bringing global health education leaders from high, middle and low income countries together to developed global health curricula that could be implemented world-wide.

Education & Training

MD Yale University (1982)
BA Franklin and Marshall College, Biology (1978)
Fellowship in Geropsychiatry Yale University
NIMH Fellowship in Clinical Research Yale University
Residency Yale University

Honors & Recognition

  • Alvin Feinstein Award for Exemplary Teaching of Clinical SkillsYale School of Medicine (2009)

  • Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching ResidencyAmerican Psychiatric Association (2005)

  • Nancy C.A. Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education in PsychiatryAmerican Psychiatric Association (2002)

  • Malcolm Bowers Award for Excellence in Teaching PGY II ResidentsDepartment of Psychiatry (2002)

  • VA National Undersecretary's Award for Innovative Programs Integrating Mental Health, Primary Care and GeriatricsVA (2000)

  • Steven Fleck Faculty Award as Exemplary Physician and Clinical TeacherDepartment of Psychiatry (2000)

  • Yale Psychiatric Residents Award for Excellence in Teaching ResidentsPsychiatry Residents Association (1998)

  • Yale Psychiatric Residents Award for Excellence in Teaching ResidentsPsychiatry Residents Association (1994)

  • Yale Psychiatric Residents Award for Excellence in Teaching ResidentsPsychiatry Residents Association (1993)

  • National Psychiatric Endowment Fund FellowLaughlin Foundation (1986)

  • Laughlin Award for MeritDepartment of Psychiatry (1986)

  • Sandoz Award for Thesis in Biological PsychiatryYale School of Medicine (1982)

  • Phi Beta Kappa (1978)

Professional Service

  • Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative (2015 - Present) Co-Founding Director 2015 - present

  • Health in Harmony (2015 - Present) Board of Directors

  • Xiangya School of Medicine (2011 - Present) Visiting Professor

  • Yale China Association (2009 - Present) Health Committee Member 2009 through Present Trustee, 2009 through 2015

  • Association of American Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (2005 - Present) Geriatric Caucus Chair

  • Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (2005 - Present) Member, Aging Group


  • Clinical Elective Site Director Bogotá, Colombia (2012)

  • Clinical Elective Site Director Lima District, Peru (2011)

  • Clinical Elective Site Director Buenos Aires, Argentina (2010)

  • Post graduate medical education Changsha, China (2006)

    Education Consultant to Xiangya School of Medicine in development of a hospital system wide residency education program

  • Undergraduate Medical Education Changsha, China (2006)

    Development of Clinical Electives for fourth and fifth year medical students

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Robert M Rohrbaugh, MD
Mailing Address
Psychiatry300 George St
New Haven, CT 06511-