Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Chiefs

Andrew Chansky, MD

Andrew Chansky, MD
Temple University School of Medicine
PGY 4 Chief Resident

Hello! I grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, attended Penn State for college and graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. My bike rides to and from work are refreshing. With free time I cook dinners, play ice hockey, throw the Frisbee, and partake in activities around town. Through residency I have been encouraged and supported to pursue interests in addiction psychiatry, psychotherapy, and health care policy. The opportunities and mentorship here led me to accept a fellowship position next year at NYU in Addiction Psychiatry. I am confident my training at Penn prepared me for this experience, and I look forward to sharing the wisdom and knowledge I learned at Penn with others throughout my career.

The diverse, inspirational and stimulating group of co-residents I share time with has made my training experience fun and refreshing. I hope current applicants find similar warm feelings from their future program that I found at Penn.


Danielle Couture, MD

Danielle Couture, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
PGY 3 Chief Resident

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.


Courtney Saw, MD

Courtney Saw, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
PGY 1 Chief Resident

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 Gender/Sexuality Supervision Group). Ask me about DBT skills group and psychotherapy track!


Rebekah Villarreal, MD

Rebekah Villarreal, MD
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
PGY 2 Chief Resident

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.



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