Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Welcome to the Residency Training Program

Dear Future Colleague,

Even though you are applying for residency training, once you enter the Psychiatry Department at Penn Medicine, you will indeed be our colleague.  When I applied to the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania many years ago, I sought an academically excellent School of Medicine, but equally important to me was a warm, engaging environment to care for patients and to support my growth as a person and as a physician.  In this department, I found the highest caliber of training set in an engaged, supportive community of clinicians and scientists.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System is comprised of multiple hospitals in the area, in addition to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, and two major affiliates: Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  We have a diverse patient population to care for and learn from.

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is located right in the middle of campus.  The campus is in University City, a part of West Philadelphia Neighborhood. The medical school and the university hospital sit amid a total of 12 professional and graduate schools, along with the premiere undergraduate school.  This is a vibrant community, ripe for collaboration.

Philadelphia is brimming with history (Liberty Bell, Constitution Center), trendy restaurants, exciting sports teams, and phenomenal arts.  Although Philadelphia has amazing attractions, there is no greater reason to choose Penn Psychiatry Residency Program than the cohesion among our residents, faculty and other healthcare team members.  We have robust mentoring whether you are interested in research, community psychiatry, or clinical fellowship programs in addiction, child and adolescent, forensics, geriatrics, and psychosomatic medicine.  Our faculty is world class and eager for you to join in your mutual areas of interest. We train outstanding clinicians, superb teachers, and expose all of our residents to important principles of research and quality improvements.

At Penn you will obtain an education that encompasses core psychotherapy training and the neurobiological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders.  The Program Directors consist of Kristin Leight Wesley, MD Director of Psychotherapy Training, Cecilia Livesey, MD Director of Curriculum, and Matthew Kayser, MD PhD Director of Research/Neuroscience.  We are proud to have created a curriculum that values resident wellness, having fun while you learn, and bringing empathy, intellectual curiosity, and devotion to patient care.

We strive to make sure you have time for yourself, your family, and for interacting with your fellow residents. Trainees from this program have limitless possibilities for advancement: master clinicians , cutting edge researchers, outstanding educators, and prominent administrators including departmental chairs. After training at Penn Psychiatry, you will be prepared to take the next step in your career as a lifelong learner and a member of the Penn family.  We look forward to taking this journey with you!

All the best,


E. Cabrina Campbell, M.D.

Residency Training Director



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