Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Residency Training Program

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Anthony Rostain, MD, MA
Program Director

Anthony L. Rostain, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of Education for the Department of Psychiatry where he is responsible for overseeing medical student education and resident training.

Dr. Rostain received his B.A. from Yale University in 1973, graduating Cum Laude in Philosophy and Psychology. He went on to receive a Masters in Science Education from Southern Connecticut State College in 1976 while teaching high school biology in the New Haven public schools. Dr. Rostain received his M.D. in 1980 from New York University School of Medicine following which he completed training in pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 1983. He went on to become a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Masters degree in Sociology in 1985. Following this, he completed psychiatry residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and child and adolescent psychiatry training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic (affiliated with CHOP). He is triple boarded in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Rostain is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including: the Annual Laughlin Award, National Psychiatric Endowment Fund (1987); Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Special Dean's Award for Teaching (1980); Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania (1995); Earl Bond Award for Teaching, Department of Psychiatry (1995); Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD, Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Education, American Psychiatric Association (1998); andTeacher of the Year Award, Region II, Association for Academic Psychiatry (2002). Dr. Rostain is co-investigator of an NIMH training grant to expand clinical research education during residency, the Clinical Research Scholars Program, now in its fifth year of funding. The grant has been renewed for an additional five years. He serves on the Executive Council of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) and is Treasurer of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT).

Dr. Rostain's clinical focus is in "developmental neuropsychiatry" which includes patients with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism AS/HFA), Tourette Syndrome (TS), Learning Disabilities (verbal and nonverbal) and related social learning disorders. He treats patients of all ages at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University Of Pennsylvania Department Of Psychiatry. Dr. Rostain is the Director of the Adult Development Disorders Unit at the University of Pennsylvania which includes the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and the Adult Social Learning Disorders Program. He is also Co-Director of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Pediatric Neuropsychiatry Program.

Dr. Rostain's research interests have focused on improving clinical outcomes for patients with ADHD and other neuropsychiatric disorders, and in creating effective service systems for high risk children, youth and families. He recently completed a study of combined medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults with ADHD. He is currently involved in studies of differential therapeutic efficacy of medication and CBT, of neuropsychological functioning in ADHD patients (using behavioral measures and neuroimaging techniques), of developmental processes in young adults with ADHD, of predictors of treatment response, and of co-morbid conditions such as anxiety and substance abuse. He is also conducting research on pharmacologic treatment of children with Asperger's Syndrome and co-morbid ADHD and anxiety disorder.


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