Seth Powsner, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and of Emergency Medicine; Director, Crisis Intervention Unit

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Adult Psychiatry

Emergency Medicine

Center for Medical Informatics

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Powsner teaches Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry residents, and advanced medical students. He has been on faculty over 30 years and has been Medical Director of the Crisis Intervention Unit within Yale-New Haven Hospital's Emergency Department since 2000. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Dr. Powsner was on the clinical faculty at the University of Chicago. He had a private practice in downtown Chicago.

Education & Training

MD Yale University (1978)
BSEE Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering (1974)
Resident Michael Reese Hospital/University of Illinois
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry (1984, recertified: 2009)
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Geriatric Psychiatry (1992, recertified: 2010)
Board Certification AB of Preventive Medicine, Clinical Informatics (2015)

Honors & Recognition

  • President (2013-2016)American Association for Technology in Psychiatry (2013)

  • President (2012-2014)American Association for Emergency Psychiatry (2012)

  • Visiting ProfessorAcademy of Psychosomatic Medicine (2000)

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Contact Info

Seth Powsner, MD
Patient Care Location
Emergency Dept / CIUYale New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Psychiatry20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06510-3220