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
Therapeutics Medicine & Life Sciences
Depression Medicine & Life Sciences
Sleep Apnea Syndromes Medicine & Life Sciences
Retina 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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Alfredo Bellon, MD, PhD

Person: Academic


Research Output 1967 2019

Health Expenditures
Contraceptive Agents
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Intrauterine Devices

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
1 Citation (Scopus)
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Delivery of Health Care
Hospital Emergency Service

Am I (hyper)aroused or anxious? Clinical significance of pre-sleep somatic arousal in young adults

Puzino, K., Frye, S. S., LaGrotte, C. A., Vgontzas, A. & Fernandez-Mendoza, J., Aug 1 2019, In : Journal of Sleep Research. 28, 4, e12829.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Young Adult
2 Citations (Scopus)

An Experimental Investigation of Antisocial Lie-Telling Among Children With Disruptive Behavior Disorders and Typically Developing Children

Mugno, A. P., Malloy, L. C., Waschbusch, D., Pelham, W. E. & Talwar, V., May 1 2019, In : Child development. 90, 3, p. 774-789 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
behavior disorder
1 Citation (Scopus)

Answering questions about electronic cigarettes using a multidisciplinary model

Breland, A., Balster, R. L., Cobb, C., Fagan, P., Foulds, J., Koch, J. R., Lipato, T., Saliba, N., Shihadeh, A., Sun, S. & Eissenberg, T., Apr 1 2019, In : American Psychologist. 74, 3, p. 368-379 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Public Health
Tobacco Products
Experimental Psychology
1 Citation (Scopus)

Assessing toddlers and preschool children using the checklist for autism spectrum disorder

Mayes, S., Apr 1 2019, In : Infants and Young Children. 32, 2, p. 99-106 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Preschool Children
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autistic Disorder
Sensitivity and Specificity
Family Practice
Primary Health Care
Mental Health
5 Citations (Scopus)

Association between DNA methylation in obesity-related genes and body mass index percentile in adolescents

He, F., Berg, A., Imamura, Y., Bixler, E., Fernandez-Mendoza, J., Whitsel, E. A. & Liao, D., Dec 1 2019, In : Scientific reports. 9, 1, 2079.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DNA Methylation
Body Mass Index
Pediatric Obesity
1 Citation (Scopus)

Association of Head and Neck Cancer with Mental Health Disorders in a Large Insurance Claims Database

Lee, J. H., Ba, D., Liu, G., Leslie, D., Zacharia, B. & Goyal, N., Apr 1 2019, In : JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 145, 4, p. 339-344 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Head and Neck Neoplasms
Mental Disorders
Mental Health

Projects 1984 2023

Executive Function
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Vulnerable Populations
Drug Users
Decision Making
Opioid Analgesics
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Examining Tolerance to CNS Stimulants in ADD

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

National Institutes of Health


Project: Research project

Pharmaceutical Preparations
Prospective Studies
Pediatric Obesity
Public Health
behavior therapy
behavior disorder
Weights and Measures
Weight Loss
Bipolar Disorder
Mood Disorders
Affective Symptoms
Sleep Deprivation
Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha

Activities 2012 2019

  • 14 Oral presentation
  • 2 Invited talk

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

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

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

A discussion on Schizophrenia

Alfredo Bellon (Speaker)
Nov 17 2017

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

The use of patient-derived stem cells to understand schizophrenia

Alfredo Bellon (Speaker)
Feb 3 2017

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation