Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

  • United States

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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    Research Output

    An Electronic Aerosol Delivery System for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Hobkirk, A. L., Bitzer, Z., Goel, R., Sica, C. T., Livelsberger, C., Yingst, J., Houser, K. R., Rupprecht, S., Trushin, N., Karunanayaka, P., Foulds, J., Richie, J. P., Spreen, L., Hoglen, B., Wang, J., Elias, R. J. & Yang, Q. X., Jan 1 2020, In : Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment. 14

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Assessment of irritability in school-aged children by pediatric, family practice, and psychiatric providers

    Hameed, U., Dellasega, C. & Scandinaro, A., Apr 1 2020, In : Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 25, 2, p. 333-345 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Automated facial video-based recognition of depression and anxiety symptom severity: cross-corpus validation

    Pampouchidou, A., Pediaditis, M., Kazantzaki, E., Sfakianakis, S., Apostolaki, I. A., Argyraki, K., Manousos, D., Meriaudeau, F., Marias, K., Yang, F., Tsiknakis, M., Basta, M., Vgontzas, A. N. & Simos, P., May 1 2020, In : Machine Vision and Applications. 31, 4, 30.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Catatonia revived: a unique syndrome updated

    Mormando, C. & Francis, A., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Review of Psychiatry.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Catatonic Stereotypies and Mannerisms vs. Tics—Not Everything That Quacks Is a Duck!

    Mahgoub, Y., Sarwar, S. & Francis, A., May 1 2020, In : Psychosomatics. 61, 3, p. 307-308 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    Classifying and characterizing Chinese young adults reporting picky eating: A latent profile analysis

    He, J., Zickgraf, H. F., Essayli, J. H. & Fan, X., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Eating Disorders.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Projects

  • Activities

    • 15 Oral presentation
    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Participation in conference

    COVID-19, Perspectives on mental Health Effects

    Yassir Mahgoub (Speaker), , L Bilal (Speaker), , H Khairalla (Speaker), & Timothy Zeiger (Speaker)

    May 3 2020

    Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

    American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 66th Annual Meeting

    Lidija Petrovic-Dovat (Chair)

    Oct 18 2019

    Activity: Attendance typesParticipation in conference

    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

    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

    The use of patient-derived stem cells to understand schizophrenia

    Alfredo Bellon (Speaker)

    Feb 3 2017

    Activity: Talk typesOral presentation