Short Term Unit

Intensive inpatient care for individuals struggling with mood disorders

Focused Mental Health Care

The Short Term Unit (STU) offers highly focused inpatient evaluation for individuals with severe symptoms related to mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

A multidisciplinary clinical team works with each patient to develop a treatment plan tailored to the individual’s specific needs. The team includes an attending psychiatrist, clinical social workers, nurses, mental health specialists, and expressive therapists.

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Program Leadership

Steven Gelda, MDSteven E. Gelda, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Gelda’s clinical interests and expertise center on stabilizing patients who are in crisis due to environmental and interpersonal factors as well as those experiencing an episode of major mental illness. He focuses on interventions including medication management, TMS, and ECT, as well as those involving the social systems in which patients are embedded such as family, work, and health care systems.


Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, MD

Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, MD, Medical Director, Short Term Unit, North

Dr. Rodriguez-Villa’s main areas of clinical interest include mood disorders, suicide, college mental health, medical education, stigma reduction, and cross-cultural psychiatry. He serves on the Patient Family Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the Stigma Committee at McLean Hospital and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


Ann Rapoport, MSN, RN, PCNSAnn Rapoport, MSN, RN, PCNS, Nurse Director

Ms. Rapoport specializes in the nursing care of adults and older adults, especially those with mood disorders, and in nursing management of acute inpatient units. Since joining McLean in 1981, Ms. Rapoport has served as nurse director of various programs, including the Older Adult Program, and was previously nursing supervisor for the hospital from 1985 to 1996.