Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness

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Welcome to PCWBW!

By visiting this website you are demonstrating that you are a woman who cares about her emotional well-being. You have joined women across the nation in recognizing that a woman must attend to her emotional and psychological needs in order to be truly healthy. We at the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness (PCWBW) welcome you and encourage you to search this site for information regarding our clinical services, research opportunities, and how you can promote new knowledge in women's behavioral health by becoming a Patron of Change. You can use this website to keep up-to-date on the news in women's behavioral wellness and link to other important websites. You may also sign up to receive our email newsletter providing highlights of recent medical discoveries and how these findings may relate to your health and psychological well being. Again, welcome to the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness.





Penn Awarded BIRCWH Scholars Program by NIH andOffice of Research on Women's Health

Neill Epperson, M.D. (Program Director, Perelman School of Medicine) and Tracy Bale, Ph.D. (Research Director, School of Veterinary Medicine) have been awarded a large mentored-career development grant to promote women’s health and sex-differences research. The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholars Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).  The BIRCWH Scholars Program has supported more than 542 junior faculty at 39 institutions across the nation since the program’s inception in 2000. Drs. Epperson and Bale attribute their success, to the outstanding faculty mentors, breadth of interdisciplinary research, and institutional support for pursing sex and gender differences research here at Penn.

The Penn BIRCWH Scholars program will provide salary, research support and mentorship for two junior faculty scholars with a commitment to address sex and/or gender issues in their area of research.   Scholars will be chosen through a competitive, internal grant review process this fall, with funding to begin in January 2016.  With support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Perelman School of Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the Penn BIRCWH Program will establish a cross-school initiative to promote inter- and trans-disciplinary research that addresses sex and gender differences in human health 


Special Announcements

Recent Study Results Featured on CBS3

Dr. Neill Epperson, MD and a study participant Leigh Costigan were recently interviewed regarding the results of a study utilizing a drug called Vyvanse® to offset memeory and attention issues that many women face during or after the menopause transition. Ms. Costigan and Dr. Epperson spoke with Stephanie Stahl of CBS3 and the entire news segment can be viewed by clicking here.

Dr. Epperson in the Philadelphia Inquirer

CNEOn Wednesday May 14, 2014 Dr. Epperson was interviewed by Stacey Burling of the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding her research. Dr. Epperson and her research team recently competed a study looking at the effectiveness of a drug called Vyvanse® to help manage memory and attention issues in menopausal women.  Click here to read the full article on


Top 10 in the Nation...Again!

honor rollThe Department of Psychiatry ranked 9th nationally in the 2014-2015 US News & World Report’s Annual Ranking of Best Hospitals for the quality of its psychiatry clinical services. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) remains the top ranked hospital for psychiatric care in the region.

Overall, HUP is ranked the #1 hospital in the city of Philadelphia, #2 hospital for the state of Pennsylvania and #9 hospital nationally, classifying UPenn as the top 3% of hospitals in the country. 2014-15 continues HUP's presence in the survey’s “Honor Roll,” and marks the seventh consecutive year that the hospital ranked in the top twenty nationwide. Click here to be brought to UPenn's page in the US News Honor Roll.

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