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

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

  • 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."

  • Researchers Explore Potential Link Between Depression and Inflammation

    Yvette Sheline, MD, director of the Center for Neuromodulation in Depression and Stress, was interviewed by WHYY radio about an ongoing study suggesting that there may be a connection between depression and inflammation in the peripheral blood and the brain.

  • Do Sleeping Pills Work?

    Michael Grandner, PhD, a psychiatry instructor and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, was quoted in Woman’s Day about the effectiveness of sleep medications.