Organization profile

Organization profile

Penn State College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry is committed to enhancing quality of life through improved mental health services, training the next generation of providers and the discovery of knowledge and design of cutting-edge interventions. The department’s vision is to achieve excellence through the integration of education, research, patient care and service to the community.

The department has more than 60 faculty members including psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. The department also offers the services of psychiatry-trained advanced practice clinicians and master’s-level therapists. This team of clinicians offers a comprehensive array of psychiatric and psychological care at three locations: Penn State Health Medical Group Psychiatry Clinic and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Harrisburg.

The department’s exceptional educational programs attract medical students, physician assistant students, psychiatry residents and psychology trainees. The department offers three fellowship programs: Public and Community Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

The research interests of the department include basic science, clinical, translational, health services and epidemiology research. Current active research areas include addiction, attention and behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral neuroscience, clinical assessments (suicide risk factors and diagnostic psychopathology), health service/behavioral health integration, molecular neuropharmacology, mood disorders, neuronal modeling, measurement-based care (Penn State Clinical Assessment and Rating Evaluation System - PCARES - registry), quality improvement, social determinants of health and sleep disorders.

The department values community engagement, fostering collaborations with institutions that serve individuals with autism spectrum disorder (The Vista School), uninsured and underinsured individuals with mental health issues through the Penn State College of Medicine's LionCare medical student-run clinic at Bethesda Mission, and engagement with several advocacy groups. The department has also initiated several community-serving endeavors, including a summer treatment program for children with ADHD and a community arts initiative to combat stigma and promote engagement in mental health care.

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Sleep Medicine & Life Sciences
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity Medicine & Life Sciences
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychiatry Medicine & Life Sciences
Depression Medicine & Life Sciences
Therapeutics Medicine & Life Sciences
Sleep Apnea Syndromes Medicine & Life Sciences
Bipolar Disorder Medicine & Life Sciences

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Errol Aksu, MD

Person: Academic

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Sam Al-Saadi, MD

Person: Academic

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Dara Babinski, MA, PhD

Person: Academic

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Mohammed Abdul Basith, MD

Person: Academic

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Raman Baweja, MD

Person: Academic

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Ritika Baweja, MD

Person: Academic

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Alfredo Bellon, MD, PhD

Person: Academic


Research Output 1967 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)

Attachment disorders diagnosed by community practitioners: a replication and extension

Allen, B. & Schuengel, C., Feb 1 2020, In : Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 25, 1, p. 4-10 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reactive Attachment Disorder
Mental Health

Examining Psychopathic Traits in Children Using the Child Psychopathy Scale – Revised

Breaux, R., Babinski, D. E., Willoughby, M. T., Haas, S. M., Coles, E. K., Pelham, W. E., Waxmonsky, J. G. & Waschbusch, D. A., Feb 1 2020, In : Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 48, 2, p. 251-263 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Behavior
Statistical Factor Analysis

One-Year Postpartum Mental Health Outcomes of Mothers of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Corr, T. E., Schaefer, E. W., Hollenbeak, C. S. & Leslie, D. L., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Maternal and child health journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Postpartum Period
Mental Health
Postpartum Depression
Major Depressive Disorder
Young Adult
Nitric Oxide
1 Citation (Scopus)
Health Expenditures
Contraceptive Agents
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Intrauterine Devices

Acceptability of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) among HIV positive smokers

Yingst, J., Foulds, J., Zurlo, J., Steinberg, M. B., Eissenberg, T. & Du, P., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

A commercial insurance claims analysis of correlates of behavioral therapy use among children with ADHD

Waxmonsky, J. G., Baweja, R., Liu, G., Waschbusch, D. A., Fogel, B., Leslie, D. & Pelham, W. E., Jan 1 2019, In : Psychiatric Services. 70, 12, p. 1116-1122 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Insurance Claim Review
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity

Acute levodopa dosing around-the-clock ameliorates REM sleep without atonia in hemiparkinsonian rats

Iyer, V., Vo, Q., Mell, A., Chinniah, S., Zenerovitz, A., Venkiteswaran, K., Kunselman, A., Fang, J. & Subramanian, T., Nov 29 2019, In : npj Parkinson's Disease. 5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
REM Sleep
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
Parkinson Disease

Acute Postoperative Pain Management After Major Limb Amputation in a Pediatric Patient: A Case Report

Grap, S., Fox, E., Freeman, M., Blackall, G. & Dalal, P., Aug 1 2019, In : Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing. 34, 4, p. 801-809 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phantom Limb
Acute Pain
Pain Management
Postoperative Pain
2 Citations (Scopus)
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Delivery of Health Care
Hospital Emergency Service

Projects 1984 2023

Glucagon-Like Peptide 1
Opioid Analgesics
Drug-Seeking Behavior
Tobacco Products
Dopamine Agents
Executive Function
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Examining Tolerance to CNS Stimulants in ADD

Waxmonsky, J., Pelham, W. & Swanson, J.

National Institutes of Health


Project: Research project

Pharmaceutical Preparations
Muscarinic Receptors
Cholinergic Agents
Allosteric Site
Vulnerable Populations
Drug Users
Decision Making
Opioid Analgesics
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Prospective Studies
Pediatric Obesity
Public Health
behavior therapy
behavior disorder
Weights and Measures
Weight Loss

Activities 2012 2019

  • 14 Oral presentation
  • 2 Invited talk

Catatonia and the delirium interface. A prospective, observational study in the general medical setting

Charles Mormando (Speaker), N Genova (Speaker), A Rehim (Speaker), I Yel (Speaker), Adeeb Yacoub (Speaker)
Nov 16 2018

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in a Patient with Clivus Chordoma

J Nguyen (Speaker), V Acharya (Speaker), Aum Pathare (Speaker), J Acharya (Speaker)
May 1 2018May 6 2018

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

A discussion on Schizophrenia

Alfredo Bellon (Speaker)
Nov 17 2017

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Storms and Silence: Catatonia and Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity following Cerebral Hypoxia

Aum Pathare (Speaker), A Khan (Speaker), N Hussain (Speaker), A Francis (Speaker), M Rapp (Speaker)
Nov 8 2017Nov 11 2017

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Prevalence of Pre-Surgical Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Cognitive Impairment Among Left-Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Recipients

M Caro (Speaker), Aum Pathare (Speaker), M Oldham (Speaker), L Bellumkonda (Speaker), M Chen (Speaker), P Bonde (Speaker), HB Lee (Speaker)
Nov 8 2017Nov 11 2017

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation