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Robert Rohrbaugh, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Dean for Global Health Education, Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Robert Rohrbaugh, MD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    300 George St

    New Haven, CT 06511-

    United States



A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship programs, Throughout his career Dr. Rohrbaugh has been active in developing clinical programs that integrate 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 developed the VA-CT Psychiatry Primary Care Clinic and Geropsychiatry service and served as Clinical Director of VA-CT Mental Health Service Line. He served as the Clerkship Director and Director of Medical Studies for medical student education and as Associate Program Director before leaving the VA to assume the Program Director role in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Rohrbaugh was named Deputy Chair for Education and Career Development in the Department of Psychiatry. In his residency program director role, Dr. Rohrbaugh facilitated the development of a social justice and health equity track within the residency to equip psychiatrists to address health disparities as part of their clinical mission.

Dr. Rohrbaugh 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 the Founding Director of the Yale School of Medicine's Office of International Medical Student Education in 2008 and was named Associate Dean for Global Health Education. 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 improve global health education.

In 2021 Dr. Rohrbaugh became Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership at Yale School of Medicine. In this role he leads a team whose mission is to improve the culture of the School by promoting professionalism, developing faculty leaders, and elevating well-being of faculty.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship in Geropsychiatry
    Yale University (1988)
  • NIMH Fellowship in Clinical Research
    Yale University (1988)
  • Residency
    Yale University (1986)
  • MD
    Yale University (1982)
  • BA
    Franklin and Marshall College, Biology (1978)


  • Clinical Elective Site Director
    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia 2012
    Clinical Elective Site Director
  • Clinical Elective Site Director
    Lima District, Lima Region, Peru 2011
    Clinical Elective Site Director
  • Clinical Elective Site Director
    Buenos Aires, CABA, Argentina 2010
    Clinical Elective Site Director
  • Post graduate medical education
    Changsha, Jiangxi Sheng, China 2006
    Education Consultant to Xiangya School of Medicine in development of a hospital system wide residency education program
  • Undergraduate Medical Education
    Changsha, Guangdong Province, China 2006
    Development of Clinical Electives for fourth and fifth year medical students

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Alvin Feinstein Award for Exemplary Teaching of Clinical SkillsYale School of Medicine2009
Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching ResidencyAmerican Psychiatric Association2005
Nancy C.A. Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education in PsychiatryAmerican Psychiatric Association2002
Malcolm Bowers Award for Excellence in Teaching PGY II ResidentsDepartment of Psychiatry2002
VA National Undersecretary's Award for Innovative Programs Integrating Mental Health, Primary Care and GeriatricsVA2000
Steven Fleck Faculty Award as Exemplary Physician and Clinical TeacherDepartment of Psychiatry2000
Yale Psychiatric Residents Award for Excellence in Teaching ResidentsPsychiatry Residents Association1998
Yale Psychiatric Residents Award for Excellence in Teaching ResidentsPsychiatry Residents Association1994
Yale Psychiatric Residents Award for Excellence in Teaching ResidentsPsychiatry Residents Association1993
National Psychiatric Endowment Fund FellowLaughlin Foundation1986
Laughlin Award for MeritDepartment of Psychiatry1986
Sandoz Award for Thesis in Biological PsychiatryYale School of Medicine1982
Phi Beta Kappa1978

Professional Service

Bellagio Global Health Education InitiativeCo-Founding Director 2015 - present2015 - Present
Health in HarmonyBoard of Directors2015 - Present
Xiangya School of MedicineVisiting Professor2011 - Present
Yale China AssociationHealth Committee Member 2009 through Present Trustee, 2009 through 20152009 - Present
Association of American Directors of Psychiatry Residency TrainingGeriatric Caucus Chair2005 - Present
Group for the Advancement of PsychiatryMember, Aging Group2005 - Present

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