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Barbara D'Orio, MD, MPA

Associate Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Phone: 404-616-4760

Fax: 404-616-4766



Dr. D’Orio’s career focus has been on serving individuals with severe, persistent mental illness. She currently is the Medical Director of the Grady Memorial Hospital’s Crisis Intervention and Crisis Stabilization Units. The primary goals of these two services are to stabilize individuals who present in crisis and to provide them with the resources that will enable them to successfully thrive in the community.  She is also the Director of Adult Outpatient Services and Vice Chief of Quality for the department of psychiatry at Grady. In these positions she works toward integrating the various services psychiatric services offered at Grady while striving to maximize the quality of care that is provided.

Her research has been related to understanding individuals who present in crisis with suicide ideation and substance misuse. She has also contributed to research on intimate partner violence and the impact of law enforcement’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. This CIT training is designed to reduce the incarceration rate of the severely mentally ill.

Selected Publications