American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, an ABMS member boardAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
7 Parkway North
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 229-6500 


A psychiatrist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of mental, addictive and emotional disorders such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, sexual and gender-identity disorders and adjustment disorders.

Specialty training required prior to board certification: Four years


Certification in one of the following subspecialties requires additional training and assessment as specified by the board.

  • Addiction Psychiatry
    A psychiatrist who focuses on the evaluation and treatment of individuals with alcohol, drug or other substance-related disorders and of individuals with the dual diagnosis of substance-related and other psychiatric disorders.
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    A psychiatrist who focuses on the evaluation and treatment of developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders of childhood and adolescence.
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
    A psychiatrist, neurologist, or child neurologist who focuses on the evaluation and treatment of central, peripheral and autonomic nervous system disorders using a combination of clinical evaluation and electrophysiologic testing such as electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS), among others.
  • Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
    A psychiatrist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders and symptoms in complex medically ill patients. This subspecialty includes treatment of patients with acute or chronic medical, neurological, obstetrical or surgical illness in which psychiatric illness is affecting their medical care and/or quality of life; such as HIV infection, organ transplantation, heart disease, renal failure, cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury, high-risk pregnancy and COPD, among others. Patients also may be those who have a psychiatric disorder that is the direct consequence of a primary medical condition, or a somatoform disorder or psychological factors affecting a general medical condition.
  • Forensic Psychiatry
    A psychiatrist who focuses on the interrelationships between psychiatry and civil, criminal and administrative law. This specialist evaluates individuals involved with the legal system and provides specialized treatment to those incarcerated in jails, prisons and forensic psychiatry hospitals.
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
    A psychiatrist who focuses on the evaluation and treatment of mental and emotional disorders in the elderly.
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine

    A psychiatrist, neurologist or child neurologist who specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine provides care to prevent and relieve the suffering experienced by patients with life-limiting illnesses. This specialist works with an interdisciplinary hospice or palliative care team to maximize quality of life while addressing the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of both patient and family.

  • Pain Medicine
    A psychiatrist who specializes in Pain Medicine diagnoses and treats patients experiencing problems with acute or chronic pain, or pain related to cancer, in both hospital and outpatient settings and coordinates care needs with other specialists.
  • Sleep Medicine
    A psychiatrist with demonstrated expertise in the diagnosis and management of clinical conditions that occur during sleep, that disturb sleep, or that are affected by disturbances in the wake-sleep cycle. This specialist is skilled in the analysis and interpretation of comprehensive polysomnography, and well versed in emerging research and management of a sleep laboratory.

Read more about certification in Neurology