Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health
As part of the nation's first school of medicine, established in 1765, the Department of Psychiatry at Penn has a rich history, extending back over two centuries. The Department of Psychiatry is consistently ranked among the nationís top five psychiatry departments in its level of funding from the National Institutes of Health. Penn Behavioral Health offers an exceptionally strong and well-balanced program of clinical services, crossing all age groups and subspecialty areas of psychiatry and behavioral health.In addition to training future leaders in psychiatry, the department faculty are committed to educating the public and other health professionals about psychiatric disorders and treatment.

About the Department of Psychiatry at Penn

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to the tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating the future leaders in the field.

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Patient Care

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Learn about our direct patient care programs, provided by nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty.

The goal of our interdisciplinary and interinstitutional effort is to translate science into improved clinical care.

The Department of Psychiatry provides excellence in psychiatric education throughout the entire spectrum of medical training.

News and Announcements

  • Women's Binge Drinking Fuels National Boom

    Heavy drinking among Americans rose 17.2 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to a study published recently in the American Journal of Public Health and the increases are driven largely by women. Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about these findings.

  • Experts: Tsarnaev Defense May Call Brain Researchers

    Ruben Gur, PhD discussed cutting-edge research on the brain development of young adults with the Boston Herald. “In a developing brain, there’s one system that deals with reasoning and one system that deals with planning and decision-making. Those two systems don’t get connected until three decades into life.”

  • Anxious All the Time

    In a story in Parents magazine on childhood anxiety, Rinad Beidas, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in the department of Psychiatry, tells the magazine, "It's unlikely that a child will outgrow an anxiety disorder. When it's left untreated, the child will have a higher risk of substance abuse later."