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Meet the Chiefs

Michelle Joy, MD (CRSP)





Michelle Joy , MD (CRSP)
Yale University
Chief Resident Inpatient


Originally from South Florida, I have spent my education in the northeast, where Brown University as an undergraduate and Yale University as a medical student fostered my love for self-motivated learning and interdisciplinary studies. After spending a year reading, writing, and editing on the small Caribbean island of Montserrat, I went to medical school to become a psychiatrist given a penchant for narrative and an interest in patient stories, thinking that the field could truly combine paradigms of science and the humanities. I have since continued writing and editing and am currently working on several books, manuscripts, and other projects. I chose Penn because of the fun I had with residents at the interview dinner, Philadelphia as a great city and place to learn public psychiatry, and the fact that with an ethics track, a psychotherapy track, and a community psychiatry track, I rightfully knew my interests would be well-served. At Penn - and as an APA Public Psychiatry Fellow - I have been able to pursue these diverse interests, including recovery-oriented community psychiatry, forensics, administration, ethics and philosophy, professionalism, queer identities, sexuality, and the phenomenological experiences of severe addictive, personality, and psychotic disorders. When not seeing patients or working on projects in these various areas, I am usually spending time with my partner, reading, cooking, traveling, moonlighting, or going to concerts.
michelle.joy@uphs.upenn.edu
   
Cecilia Livesey, MD





Cecilia Livesey, MD

Columbia University
Chief Resident Inpatient
Growing up in both the Midwest and the Northeast gave me an appreciation for the combination of close knit community and vast, rigorous learning environment that Penn offers. After majoring in history at Princeton University, I worked in consulting and education in New York City and abroad, and subsequently completed a post-bacc at NYU before attending medical school at Columbia University. What drew me to Penn was the focus on individualized professional development, the enthusiasm of the residents and faculty, and the resources afforded by a world class academic institution. Currently, I am involved with interdisciplinary projects on professionalism and school-based preventative behavioral health, as well as thoroughly enjoying my many administrative duties as chief and my diverse range of clinical experiences. As a mother of three young children, I am continuously amazed by the support and flexibility extended by the program, and believe that one of Penn's strengths is the ability of the faculty to cultivate individual interests, talents, and goals within a consistent culture of excellence.
cecilia.livesey@uphs.upenn.edu
   
Anne Taylor, MD





Anne Taylor, MD

Univ of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Chief Resident Outpatient
After growing up in North Carolina, I moved to New Haven, Connecticut where I majored in history at Yale University. At the end of my undergraduate years a well-timed EMT course convinced me to apply to medical school, which I attended at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. I was drawn to Philadelphia for residency due to the enthusiastic and diverse residents I met during my interview day, a desire to return to the northeast, and the public psychiatry opportunities in the city. The diversity of clinical settings has been one of Penn’s most valuable assets; I have helped deliver care in varied systems including an academic tertiary care hospital, the Philadelphia VA, community hospitals, recovery focused outpatient programs, community child clinics, the Philadelphia prison and even, recently, on a telemedicine boat to remote islands in Maine. My current educational projects include administrative responsibilities as a chief resident, quality improvement projects in the outpatient clinic, leading a weekly DBT skills group, and working at an early intervention in psychosis program.
anne.taylor@uphs.upenn.edu
   
Julianna Finelli, MD (CRSP)





Julianna Finelli, MD
(CRSP)
Tulane University
Chief Resident
Medical Student Education
Having grown up in Washington, DC, and having studied and worked for years in Baltimore, I always loved the fast pace and bustling atmosphere of the east coast. I also always knew that I wanted to become a child psychiatrist, having worked with children with autism since high-school. After working in autism research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, I chose to attend medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. While my desire to become a child psychiatrist never changed, my regional tastes did -- I fell in love with the pace and atmosphere of New Orleans. When it came time to choose a residency program, I knew that I wanted to live in a city with character and quirky energy, and Philadelphia has definitely fit the bill. Penn’s program has allowed me to pursue my specific career interests, including child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy, DBT, and research (I am currently working on a project exploring barriers to access to parent-child interventions for depressed mothers). And the city of Philadelphia has allowed me to pursue my personal interests, including spending hours browsing the Italian Market, eating at some of the best restaurants in the region, and supporting the local Philly music scene (all with the help of my fun and spirited fellow residents).
julianna.finelli@uphs.upenn.edu
   
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PGY4s

Matthew Jarrett, MD








Matthew Jarrett , MD

Temple University
I am a Philadelphia transplant from New York who came to UPenn in 1996 as an undergraduate studying international relations and psychology. Prior to my career in medicine I worked as a congressional aide and a paralegal. I returned to Penn and completed the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program and subsequently attended Temple University School of Medicine. My interests include community psychiatry, psychosomatics, integrated care, health policy, and quality improvement. I am currently engaged in a number of quality improvement projects within the Psychiatry Department. I also have a passion for psychotherapy which has been facilitated by the excellent faculty supervision at Penn. I participate in the Psychotherapy Track at Penn, am a Psychoanalytic Fellow at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, and am working with residency program leadership in instituting a psychotherapy elective experience for residents earlier in training. I appreciate the breadth of faculty at Penn and each resident’s ability to follow their interests. In addition, the clinical experience at Penn has prepared me well for practice after residency.
   
Maria Jose Lisotto, MD (CRSP)










Maria Jose Lisotto, MD
(CRSP)
Universidad Austral
My name is Maria Jose (everyone calls me “Majo” which is short for my names) and I am currently a PGY-4 resident at Penn. I am originally from Uruguay but have lived in Spain as well and went to medical school in Argentina. During my last year of medical school I did an externship at the Mood Disorders and Neuromodulation service at Penn and realized I wanted to complete residency here. I found the faculty and residents very approachable as well as friendly, intelligent and passionate which led me to immediately fall in love with the program. Now that I’m almost done with residency I can say without a doubt that this was the right choice both professionally and personally. As one of the residents in the Clinical Research Scholar’s Program, I have been able to work on suicide and mood disorders research. I was recently awarded the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship which will hopefully allow me to focus some of my research and clinical time on the effects that trauma and immigration can have on suicide, especially among Hispanic children and adolescents. Penn has allowed me to pursue some of my other interests such as child and adolescent psychiatry, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. As the birthplace of CBT, our program allows residents to become involved in a variety of CBT-based therapies. This has allowed me to complete PE training and lead a DBT weekly skills group with the supervision of leaders in the field. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends, traveling and reading and as a true South American I love soccer and dulce de leche.
   
Kimberly Resnick, MD








Kimberly Resnick, MD

University of Pennsylvania
Hello! I am originally from NYC, and studied at Yale for undergrad, where I majored in psychology. After attending Penn Med for medical school, I had a brief dalliance with an Anesthesia residency before returning to my roots and finding my home in the department of Psychiatry. Since then, I have become fascinated by the intersection of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology and interested in how best to integrate the two for the benefit of the patient and the satisfaction of the clinician. I feel lucky to be part of a program that is equally strong in both approaches, and supportive of my excitement about exploring new ways to blend the two together and apply psychodynamic concepts to psychopharmacologic principles. I will be starting my second year of fellowship at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia this year, and in my free time enjoy stand-up comedy and improv…with the latter having proven itself to be (surprisingly) useful at times in this field!
   
Jeff Zhao, MD








Jeff Zhao, MD

Washington University
I grew up in China, England and Canada, but have been in the States longer than any other country. I went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, and experienced having my program mistaken for a similar sounding institution so much that I decided to come to Penn, where no such identity issues exist. I've been amazed by the camaraderie in my residency class. Of course, everybody says that, but coming from a Dartmouth grad it's high praise. Here I've been exposed to biological psychiatry, CBT, and psychodynamic therapy, all from role models clearly devoted to their areas, and to the pursuit of making trainees as excited as they are about each treatment modality. I've especially appreciated advocating for Asian mental health at a clinic targeting that population. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, exploring hole-in-a-walls in the city, and biking along the Schuylkill.
   
Catharyn Turner, MD








Catharyn Turner, MD

University of Iowa
Peds Portal Program
 
   
Jeein Yoon, MD








Jeein Yoon, MD

Ewha Womans University
Peds Portal Program
 
   
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PGY3s

Stephanie Cross, MD, PhD (CRSP)










Stephanie Cross, MD, PhD
(CRSP)
University of Pennsylvania
I was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, in a town called Lewisburg. I completed my undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College before heading to the University of Pennsylvania for the MD/PhD program. During my graduate studies, I researched the molecular pathways and identified pharmaceutical targets for the neurodegeneration seen after HIV infection, for which I was awarded a PhD in Neuroscience. I entered the field of Psychiatry because I enjoyed working with patients, felt that I could really make a difference clinically and believe it is an exciting time to be involved in research related to the brain and cognition. My interests remain broad but I am most interested in Geriatric Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, and working with patients with HIV. From a personal standpoint, I have a lovely dog named Luna who I think could be a therapy dog when she enters her midlife and later years. I enjoy reading, spending time with friends, old school Tetris, and taking the Luna-bugs for walks around South Philly.
   
Ben Hunter, MD











Ben Hunter, MD

Emory University
I grew up in the Midwest before spending my college years playing baseball for Wake Forest University. After being drafted to play professionally, I faced a difficult decision between athletics and medicine. Much deliberation led to the conclusion that healthcare was my calling, and I have not looked back. Upon graduating from the Emory University School of Medicine, my interest in psychodynamics led me to Penn, which stood out as the premier psychotherapy training program in the country. Since beginning residency, I have completed additional training in organizational dynamics and workplace psychiatry as a fellow of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. I plan to pursue a career in psychotherapy with overlap in forensics and consulting. Outside of work, I enjoy playing golf, volunteering as a youth baseball instructor, and traveling.
   
Andrew Migliaccio, MD













Andrew Migliaccio, MD

University of Pennsylvania
I was born and raised in the Sunshine State and went to the University of Florida for college, where I studied nutrition and gained experience in international health. When I moved to Philadelphia and started medical school at Penn, my focus narrowed to the local community, specifically in the areas of LGBT health, HIV care, and substance abuse. My training in this incredibly diverse city taught me to think holistically about patients, which is a big part of why I stayed at Penn for residency, given its strengths in both biomedical and psychosocial approaches to treatment. My current interests lie in public psychiatry, and during the first two years of residency I have gained firsthand experience with psychosocial rehabilitation, ACT teams, and the Indian Health Service. Over the next two years, I hope to expand into more advocacy and policy work, for which Penn has a dedicated center. Outside of work, I love eating my way through the robust food scene, shopping at the local farmer’s markets, exploring the city on foot or bike, drinking way too much tea, and enjoying the many offerings in concerts, shows, and operas.
   
Kenny Perez, MD






Kenny Perez, MD

Temple University
I was born and raised in a small Cuban town named Ranchuelo, and moved to the United States permanently at the age of 13. I spent my high school and college years in Miami, then traveled to Philadelphia in order to pursue my medical degree. I fell in love in the City of Brotherly Love, both personally and professionally, leading to my wife and I staying for training at Penn. My professional interests include Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, minority mental health, and graduate medical education. I decided to come to Penn because I wanted a program that would provide a well balanced education in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
   
Justin Piershalski, MD








Justin Piershalski, MD

SUNY Buffalo
Why hello, my name is Justin, and I hail from Buffalo NY. You may know it as the place that gets all the snow. Though this is true, we also boast great chicken wings and the best team in the NFL. I completed my medical school in Buffalo and decided to come to Penn mostly because of its robust and balanced therapy training. Currently I am entering the psychotherapy track and am flirting with the idea of doing analytic training. The best thing about this program is my co-residents who represent a diverse and to put it lightly, interesting group of individuals. My interests outside of psychiatry involve reading the classics, running the occasional half marathon and soundly besting my fellow residents in Settlers of Catan.
   
Whitney Potter, MD








Whitney Simone, MD

Temple University
My name is Whitney Simone. I went to medical school at Temple University. Attributes that attracted me to Penn's program were it's well rounded clinical education, excellence in psychotherapy training, and resident camaraderie. I haven't been let down. From rigorous emergency psychiatric training to opportunities to learn from experts in multiple psychotherapeutic modalities, I feel like I will be well prepared for whatever path I choose after residency. Currently, I am participating in electives in group psychotherapy and DBT.
   
Roberta Rasetti, MD, PhD








Roberta Rasetti, MD, PhD
(CRSP)
Universita degli Studi di Torino
I was born and raised in Italy, in Turin. I attained my medical education and postgraduate qualification in General Adult Psychiatry at the University of Turin, Italy. I started my research activity in 2006 working as postdoctoral visiting fellow in the National Institute of Health, (NIH) Bethesda. At NIH I focused my research interest on neuroimaging and its application to genetic risk for schizophrenia. As a result of my work I obtained a PhD in Neuroscience in 2008 and I decided to pursue further training in the U.S. and applied to the Adult Psychiatry Residency at the University of Pennsylvania. I am excited to be at Penn for the exposure to the latest developments in the practice of psychiatry and for the excellent clinical training that has tremendously strengthened my clinical skills.
   
Sarah Rosenbaum, MD, MPH








Sarah Rosenbaum, MD, MPH
(CRSP)
New York University
I grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and attended Brown University for college, where I majored in neuroscience. I went to medical school and studied public health at New York University. My interests in psychiatry are broad, and I was drawn to Penn for its comprehensive clinical training in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, its wealth of expert supervision, and the breadth of research opportunities in basic science and public health. I am consistently inspired by the talent and dedication of our faculty and by the enthusiasm, diverse aspirations, and firm fellowship of my co-residents.
   
Puneet Sahota, MD, PhD








Puneet Sahota, MD, PhD
(CRSP)
Washington University
I am from St. Louis, MO and went to medical school and graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis. After completing my PhD in cultural anthropology, I spent time doing a health policy research fellowship with an organization in Washington, DC. My interests are in cultural psychiatry, including how patients and providers use technology in mental health care, and Native American mental health policy. Penn has been an excellent place to train because of the remarkably well-balanced curriculum, which is strong in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I have been well-supported at Penn in pursuing my interests, and recently was awarded the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship and the APA Resident Research Scholar Fellowship.
   
Martin Vetter, MD (CRSP)








Martin Vetter, MD
(CRSP)
Universitaet Ulm
Hi, my name is Martin. I grew up in Stuttgart (where they make Porsche and Mercedes cars), and went to medical school in Ulm (Albert Einstein was born there). When I was traveling the United States during medical school, I fell for this country and thus decided to come here for residency training. Penn was my last interview, and I immediately clicked with the residents and faculty. It is an amazing program to be at as it offers the whole breadth, width and depth of psychiatry, but more importantly I found amazing colleagues in my program. One of my favorite things to do is to go tubing on the Delaware River with them. I am excited about the psychotherapy training and electives Penn has to offer, and I plan to go into child and adolescent psychiatry.
   
Rocksheng Zhong, MD








Rocksheng Zhong, MD
(CRSP)
Yale University
I grew up in New York City and attended college at Harvard, where I graduated with an A.B. in psychology. I then obtained a combined M.D./M.H.S. at Yale School of Medicine before coming to Penn for psychiatry residency. Throughout my academic career, I have maintained research activities in a variety of fields, including molecular genetics, social and cognitive science, medical ethics, and medicine and law. My past work has addressed such topics as the Trolley Problem (a moral dilemma and thought experiment), neonatal resuscitation decisions, and remorse in criminal law. At Penn, I am in the Clinical Research Scholars Program and am developing a project investigating the assessment of medical decision-making capacity. Clinically, I am interested in forensic psychiatry and plan to pursue fellowship training in this sub-specialty. The Penn psychiatry residency program has provided me with a rigorous and well-rounded education. Specific strengths include extensive inpatient and emergency training, exposure to complex psychopharmacology, and teaching and supervision around both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. Lastly, the program creates an environment that fosters fellowship and closeness among residents.
   
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PGY2s

Gabriela Andrade, MD








Gabriela Andrade, MD

Vanderbilt University
Post Peds Portal Program
Hello everyone! I am originally from El Salvador and moved to Nashville when I was four years old. This is where I spent the rest of childhood until I headed off to college at UNC Chapel Hill. I majored in Sociology and minored in Chemistry and, of course, went to all the basketball games I could! Before heading to med school I did a year of research in the Pharmacology department and spent an amazing couple of months trekking through Central and South America. I then headed back home to med school at Vanderbilt and decided to do a pediatric residency at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital before ended up here at Penn! Right now I am doing my first year of fellowship through the Pediatric Portal Program with the hopes of becoming triple boarded and practising Adolescent and Child Psychiatry. Outside of medicine I love to spend my time with my two babies and wonderful husband. I also love to run, cook, and travel anywhere and everywhere!
   
Behdad Bozorgnia, MD








Behdad Bozorgnia, MD

University of Rochester
My name is Behdad Bozorgnia. I was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to the United States at the age of 8. I went to Wesleyan University where I studied philosophy, history, and how to politely explain to people that I did not go to Wellesley. Before going to medical school at the University of Rochester, I was in Americorps for a year and got a Master's degree in Positive Psychology. My interests in psychiatry include medical ethics, psychosomatic medicine, and psychotherapy. I also enjoy writing short stories, performing stand-up comedy, and hiking in mountains. The best part about Penn so far is the residents with whom I often share a drink, a laugh, and a tray of deftly arranged artisanal cheeses.
   
Lisa Jacobs, MD, MBA








Lisa Jacobs, MD, MBA

Brown University
Though I grew up just 100 miles outside of Philadelphia, I never visited until I was came to take my board exams, and realized I love it! I graduated from Cornell University, where I won the highest award in my major for my initial work on pornography. I worked as a bartender, freelance writer, financial analyst, and hospital administrator before earning an MBA from the University of Rochester on a merit scholarship as the recipient of The Rosemarie Brunner Award, and attending medical school at Brown University. Clinical effects of adolescent exposure to pornography is my academic interest, and I have lectured in departments of child psychiatry, pediatrics, OBGYN, and oncology on the topic, including grand rounds at Brown and Rutgers and a lecture in Peru. I'm an avid traveler (33 countries and counting) and an aspiring writer. My work has appeared in Pulse (14 articles published), The New York Times, Brown Medicine, AACAP News, and on the blog of The Texas Medical Association. I chose Penn for its wonderful, interesting, warm, fun and humble residents, who are now my dear friends, and for Philly, which is now my home, and the best city I've ever lived in.
   
Judith Katz, MD








Judith Katz, MD

New York University
I received my undergraduate degree from Cornell University where I studied child development and did research on the relationship between autobiographical memory and identity. After graduation, I was a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital and worked on clinical drug trials on the efficacy of SAMe for treatment resistant depression and a novel treatment to prevent relapse to smoking. My time doing clinical research in psychiatry led me to decide that I wanted to go into medicine and I completed a post-bacc while in Boston. I then moved to New York City to attend medical school at NYU where I developed my interests in community mental health, quality improvement, service systems and family inclusive treatment of mental illness. My current research interest and most recent publication is on the relationship between violence by persons with severe mental illness and the wellbeing of their family members. I chose Penn because it has unique clinical and training resources in the areas of community mental health, quality improvement, service systems, and family inclusive treatment of mental illness. This year, I'm involved with the public psychiatry interest group, training in CBT for psychosis with the Aaron Beck Center, and I am doing an elective at a community mental health program for patients with early psychosis.
   
Daisy Nie, MD








Daisy Nie, MD

University of Chicago
Hi! My name is Daisy and I grew up in White Plains, NY and studied cellular and molecular biology at Johns Hopkins. I then went to the University of Chicago for medical school before returning to the East Coast for Penn. What I love about Penn are the diverse opportunities, supportive individuals, and excellent supervision. Plus Philly is a fantastic city with an amazing food scene for all my foodie needs. I am currently interested in early psychosis and working with urban populations, and Penn has been the perfect place to develop and explore these interests.
   
Hamid Naficy, MD










Hamid Naficy, MD

New York Medical College
I was born and brought up in Los Angeles, a quaint southern California town known for its open floor plans and salt-of-the-earth people. My father, a director by trade, instilled in my sisters and me a great appreciation for film. With an affinity for stories, and in spite of my indisputable athletic prowess, I set out to become a writer. Like all aspiring writers, I chose to study neuroscience and public policy in college. I then accidentally invoked Chekhov, Maugham, and Carlos-Williams and embarked on medical school. While there, I had the chance to produce and take part in a monthly comedic variety show in NYC, an unexpectedly valuable complement to the clinical rotations. Along the way, my interest in psychiatry, for its narrative depth, its existential wonder, its sensitivity to suffering, was furthered and broadened. Taking on that breadth, I completed a research fellowship in behavioral addictions, narrowing the field by one. Among Penn’s many strengths, most resonant to me are its unequaled psychotherapy training, its encouragement and facilitation of clinician individuation, and its warm, smart, well-rounded resident body. My most list-able joys are being in nature, spending time with friends and family, playing piano and guitar, cooking, writing, reading, basketballing and tennising.
   
Katherine Riva, MD









Katherine Riva, MD

University of Massachusetts
Hi, I'm Kate Riva, a PGY-2 at Penn Psychiatry. I was born in the Philly area, but grew up for the most part in the beautiful earthy crunchy town of Amherst, MA. I graduated from Yale with a B.A. in African Studies and worked for several years in the international relief and development sector. I attended UMass Medical School, and became interested in psychiatry through clinical experiences in a women's state prison and through running a wellness and yoga program at a recovery house for adolescent girls with substance use disorders. I am very interested in child and adolescent psychiatry, HIV, mindfulness and global mental health. I chose to come to Penn because of the opportunity to continue the research I did as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow with the Botswana UPenn Partnership, and because of the amazing faculty and residents here.
   
Eric Rosoff, MD








Eric Rosoff, MD

University of Pennsylvania
I was raised in sunny Southern California before trekking east for college at Wesleyan University, where Behdad taught me how to politely explain to people that I did not go to Wellesley. I returned to Los Angeles where I worked as an EMT with the LA County Fire Department, worked in IT, and started a non-profit community organization for LGBT Jewish youth. I went to medical school at Penn after completing a post-bac program at Bryn Mawr College, and I continued at Penn Psychiatry because it distinguished itself by offering well-rounded training. Penn’s most distinguishing resources are my friendly and talented co-residents, who teach me and make me smile and laugh every day. Philly is not only a great place to live, but it is home to a unique non-profit organization - Community Behavioral Health (CBH). CBH is publicly funded and offers broad behavioral health coverage to Philly’s Medicaid population. It makes this city an exciting place to train, particularly in Public Psychiatry. My interests also include Addiction, Pain, Bioethics, and Quality Improvement, especially as they relate to information technologies. Outside the hospital, I enjoy cycling, computers & gaming, DIY life-hacking and home improvement projects, and having fun exploring the city with my colleagues & my partner.
   
David Silver, MD








David Silver, MD

Jefferson Medical College
My name is David Silver. I grew up in Harrisburg, PA and attended William & Mary and Jefferson for college and medical school, respectively. My first career in medicine was as a Gynecologic Oncologist, for which I am boarded and had an active clinical and academic practice for over 15 years. While in practice I completed an MBA in healthcare management at night. More recently, I joined the Psychiatry Department as a resident with hopes of bringing the benefits of psychiatry back to patients living with cancer diagnoses. On a more personal note, my wife, Nazanin, and I have an 8-month old daughter, Laela who we are privileged to have occupy the majority of our time outside of work. While I am unlikely to impose photos of Laela on you, if you are interested, I have >2,000 pics on my iPhone at all times.
   
Elyse Smolcic, MD











Elyse Smolcic, MD

Penn State University
I grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University, where I double majored in psychology and pre-medicine. I earned my medical degree at Penn State as well. I am excited to be at Penn for the excellent clinical training and exposure to the latest developments in the practice of psychiatry. My interests include psychotherapy and increasing access to care in underserved areas.
   
Preeti Soi, MD








Preeti Soi, MD

St. George's University
Post Peds Portal Program
Hey there! My name is Preeti Soi and I'm one of the Post Pediatric Psychiatry Portal fellows. This is a program for pediatricians who would also like to pursue Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I went to medical school at St. George's University and did my pediatric residency at Cooper University Hospital. This year I am working with the adult psychiatry residents and what I love about Penn is how amazing, friendly and supportive my co-residents are. In addition, the attendings are wonderful teachers, very approachable and great to work with. I absolutely love living in Center City Philly and I definitely take advantage of the awesome restaurant scene!
   
Sunny Tang, MD









Sunny Tang, MD

SUNY Downstate
I was born in China and came to the U.S. at age 6 to Long Island, NY. My interest in research began in high school, at Ward Melville, and continued during college at Harvard. I majored in biology there, with a special focus on mind, brain and behavior, and dabbled in both zebrafish and human sleep research. Medical school was at SUNY Downstate, in Brooklyn NY. I pursued a year-out research fellowship between my third and fourth years with the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, for which I first came to Penn. After a few weeks of working on mice and macular degeneration, I concluded absolutely that my deepest academic passion is in the field of psychiatry. I started working with Raquel Gur in translational schizophrenia research and continue to enjoy working with her during residency. I look forward to an academic career with the foundation of the advanced and nuanced training I am receiving at Penn. The best part? My co-residents!
   
Ashley Un, MD








Ashley Un, MD

Jefferson Medical College
I grew up in Swarthmore, PA and then went to Wesleyan University where Behdad and Eric taught me how to politely explain to people that I did not go to Wellesley. I came back to Philadelphia to do AmeriCorps and worked in one of the city health centers before going to medical school at Jefferson. At Jefferson, I was part of a Population Health co-curriculum and did research on co-located and integrated behavioral health and primary care services. I continue to be interested in community mental health and improving access to care. I came to Penn because all of the residents I met seemed happy here, and I was excited about the variety in faculty and resident interests, as well as diversity in clinical training sites. And I love Philly. In my free time, I play ultimate frisbee, rock climb, bike, travel, and eat.
   
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PGY1s

Erica Baller, MD, MS












Erica Baller, MD, MS

Drexel University
I am a proud Washingtonian, born and raised in Washington, DC. I went to Yale for college where I studied Computer Science and Psychology, a mix I found particularly fascinating and exciting. I was initially using artificial intelligence and robotics as tools to understand human behavior but knew I needed a more clinical application of programming to medicine. My desire to mix technology with psychiatry took me to the NIH for a research fellowship, where I spent 5 years conducting neuroimaging research with a main focus on women's mental health and neuroendocrinology. I went to Drexel for medical school and was thrilled to match at Penn! It integrates what I love: phenomenal clinical psychiatric training and outstanding neuroimaging research, both within Penn's system and at CHOP. I also got hooked on Philadelphia and am excited to make it my home! In my free time, I like to run on the Schuylkill, teach Zumba classes, cook, and explore Philadelphia.
   
Andrew Chansky, MD









Andrew Chansky, MD
Temple University
Hello! I grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, went to Penn State for college and graduated from Temple School of Medicine. My bike rides to and from work are refreshing. During my free time I cook dinners, play ice hockey, and occasionally partake in random activities around town. In residency I am excited to pursue interests in addiction psychiatry, psychotherapy, and health care policy. Could those interests change? Sure! However, I am confident the environment at Penn will cultivate any future interest I develop. What has made my training experience fun is the diverse, inspirational and stimulating group of co-residents I share my time with. I hope current applicants find similar warm feelings from their future program that I have found here at Penn.
   
Danielle Couture, MD








Danielle Chung, MD

Yeshiva University
Hi, I'm Danielle. I grew up in Moorestown, NJ, only 30 minutes away from Philly. I completed my undergraduate studies at Boston College where I majored in Theology. During my time in Boston, I became interested in working with underserved communities, and in particular, the street homeless population. After college, I worked in Camden, NJ at a clinic specializing in care for homeless individuals. During this time, I became interested in working with high utilizers of the healthcare system and different models of cost efficient, comprehensive, individualized care. I went to medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. My main interests are in social/community psychiatry and acute psychosis. In my free time, I love discovering new restaurants, experiencing Philly night life, hanging out with other co-residents, drawing, dancing, listening to live music, playing with my cute puppy, and cooking Italian and Korean food.
   
Justine Mann, MD








Justine Mann, MD

Georgetown University
I have been on an eastward journey throughout life. I was born in a small town in British Columbia, Canada and grew up there until age 11 when my family immigrated to Minnesota. I went straight through my education, doing undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!) and then heading to Georgetown University-SOM in DC. I ultimately landed at UPenn this year because of the warm-hearted, happy residents and faculty that I met on interview day along with the strong education in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy that I knew would make me into a competent, well-rounded psychiatrist. It’s hard to pinpoint one specific interest at this early stage, but I am taking in all that Penn has to offer, and trust me, I could not ask for more diverse training opportunities. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and my co-residents have done an especially good job of introducing me to Philly life, food(!!), and culture!
   
Carmen Parker, MD








Carmen Parker, MD

Medical College of Georgia
Bonjour y’all! My name is Carmen Black Parker, and I am originally from Augusta, Georgia. I completed my undergraduate education at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, before returning home to Augusta to become a proud graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. My particular series of life events has cultivated in me a very family-oriented set of values that coincides with a passion for psychiatric research. Therefore, finding a residency that prioritized a strong work-life balance while yet maintaining world-class academic opportunities was crucial for me. During my short time here, I have been absolutely astounded by how genuinely Penn cares about their residents’ well-being. I am able to pursue my passions for addiction psychiatry and mental health policy while yet being able to spend quality time with my loved ones. That, my friends, means the world to me.
   
Courtney Saw, MD








Courtney Saw, MD

Virginia Commonwealth Univ
I grew up in Smithfield, Virginia: the home of Smithfield Hams. I'm also a double ram (our mascot) from Virginia Commonwealth University and its School of Medicine, formerly known as Medical College of Virginia. I'm interested in LGBT health and spearheaded the development of my medical school's first course in transgender medicine. During my free time, I enjoy reading and hosting board game dinner parties. I chose Penn because of its amazing residents and because of its opportunities for involvement (medical student book club and LGBT health focus group).
   
Glenna Smith, MD








Glenna Smith, MD

Jefferson University
I grew up in Washington DC but attended high school in the Philadelphia area. After six years in New York, majoring in Psychology and Hispanic Studies at Columbia University and then working as a research assistant, Philadelphia lured me back for medical school. While at Jefferson Medical College, I became interested in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in particular in the mental health needs of kids (and adults) with chronic disease. The truth is, I have liked almost all aspects of Psychiatry I have been exposed to thus far and I chose Penn because I wanted to continue to explore the breadth of diverse training opportunities in the field without closing any doors. On interview day I felt I could relate to the happy and social residents I met and I could tell it would be a good fit. I also could not imagine leaving the phenomenal food scene this city has to offer! In my free time I love to try new restaurants (obviously), run on the Schuylkill River trail, and hang with my awesome co-interns.
   
Rebekah Villarreal, MD








Rebekah Villarreal, MD

University of Pennsylvania
I hail from Michigan, known for its pristine and uncrowded beaches (especially in the winter months), but have been a loyal Philadelphian for the past 12 years. I studied philosophy at Messiah College, Temple University, the University of Strasbourg, France, and finally at Villanova University, before realizing philosophy was more fun out of academia than in. Thus, I made ends meet with nannying, teaching, and veterinary assisting before starting a post-bac program at Penn. And it has been Penn ever since: Penn Med School and now, best of all, Penn Psychiatry. Among all that psychiatry offers, I already know I am drawn to international psychiatry, psychodynamics, and psychosis, but I expect I might change my mind a time or two in the next four years. Which is why I chose Penn: the flexibility and support to pursue any path and to become a better psychiatrist than I even knew I could be.
   
Nina Wylonis, MD








Nina Wylonis, MD

Temple University
I grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark, best known for H.C Anderson, Tivoli, beer and bacon. I decided to leave the delicious bacon behind and move to New York to attend NYU. I studied Biochemistry and completed a minor in Math and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I loved New York, and definitely took advantage of the city! From there, I elected to try out a new city and moved to Philadelphia for Medical school at Temple. I fell in love with Philadelphia (don't tell the New Yorkers)! I had always been interested in Forensic Psychiatry and did an away rotation in the Penn Forensics department and fell in love with both the department and the psychiatry program as a whole. Even at that early stage, I felt at home in the program. Penn Psychiatry is unique in the fact that it facilitates thriving both academically and socially. Despite being an intern, I have been able to continue working on my Forensically oriented research projects. In my free time I enjoy bonding with my awesome intern class, running, yoga, eating (!) and exploring new spots!
   
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