Letter From the Chief Residents

Thank you for visiting our website here at IU Psychiatry!  As the Chief Residents for the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine, we are certainly proud of our training program.  We wholeheartedly invite you to consider us as you look towards your own career path in planning for residency. 

Our residency has a great blend of clinical exposures that collectively provide a diverse and well-rounded education.  We are fortunate to enjoy our home at the newly built, state-of-the-art Neuroscience Center of Excellence.  Our department is now integrated in physical space, patient service, and research endeavors with the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychology, Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychiatry, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neuroimaging, and a robust list of other ancillary services.  One of our primary interdepartmental goals is to continue the expansion of our collaborative efforts in the years to come. 

Our training program is enriched by access to a variety of clinical sites with unique patient populations.  Specifically, we partner with University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, the Indianapolis Roudebush VA Hospital, and the Eskenazi hospital system.  This leads to exposures to all socioeconomic strata and cross sections of pathologies.  Our downtown campus is arranged in such a way that each of these training sites are within walking distance of one another; the exception being Methodist Hospital, which is 1.7 miles away and is accessible by our free intercampus monorail system that we refer to as the “People Mover.” 

We are surrounded by extraordinary faculty who have a vested interest in our education and in the success of our program.  Likewise, our residents routinely go on to desirable general psychiatry positions or competitive fellowship training in all areas of psychiatry nationwide (Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine/Consult & Liaison Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, etc).  Our program currently offers fellowship training in Addictions Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and we are currently exploring the addition of other fellowships at Indiana University.  We also offer a combined Pediatrics/Adult Psychiatry/Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (“Triple Board”) program.  Our categorical psychiatry residency is structured in such a way that the fourth year of our program is entirely elective-driven, so that each resident is given the opportunity to tailor their training to meet their interests and professional goals.  In keeping with this, we also have a number of residents that are involved in the clinician-educator track, the global health track, the research track, and other independent study options.   

If you are able to visit us here in Indianapolis you will find a very enthusiastic group of residents with diverse backgrounds and interests.  We take pride in our camaraderie and are lucky to enjoy frequent social events, which include the annual resident retreat (2 ½ days off service with faculty coverage of the hospital), monthly movie nights, and weekly resident business meetings.  Indy has much to offer in terms of culture, entertainment, and recreation.  Having an NFL team, a NBA team, a minor league baseball team, a hockey team, a soccer team, the largest half-marathon in the U.S., and the world renowned Indy 500 leaves us with much to do.  The downtown cultural bike trail, the Eagle Creek reserve, Brown County, and a variety of State Parks are wonderful additions for those with outdoor interests.  We have an endless list of theaters, the symphony, art museums, and amazing fine dining options as well.  Please feel free to come and see why we love our home here in Indy!

For an in-depth look at our program and information regarding what to look for in a Psychiatry Residency Program, please check out our video here.  Or, for a brief mini-tour of our locations, please check out this video.

Thank you again for your interest in our program and please feel free to send us any questions via if we can be of assistance.  All the best in your future endeavors! 



Joseph Niezer, M.D.
Chief Resident, Psychiatry




Morgan McCormick, M.D.
Assistant Chief Resident, Psychiatry


Department of Psychiatry | 355 W. 16th St., Suite 4800 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 963-7288 | Fax: (317) 963-7313