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The Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is committed to developing and implementing programs that are consistent with the College's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and patient care. Priorities have been delineated, with teaching programs being paramount. High quality clinical care and increased research funding have a high priority, as do service and consultation to the public sector.

These are challenging and exciting times for the field of psychiatry. The Department of Psychiatry embraces change as part of life in a complex health care system. Our department unites with its clinical partners to ensure that our responsibilities for our academic missions are fulfilled while supporting the missions and goals of our affiliated clinical partners.

Training medical students and psychiatric residents is central to our mission. Drexel University College of Medicine is a leader nationally in medical education and the College is among the top medical schools in the country for educating medical students who choose to specialize in psychiatry.

Divisions, Centers & Programs

  • Division of Behavioral Health Education
  • Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Division of Community and Public Psychiatry
  • Division of Consultation Psychiatry
  • Division of Psychology
  • Programs for Addictive Disorders


The field of psychiatry is extremely exciting, with research findings that are elucidating the underlying molecular and genetic foundations of psychiatric illness. Treatments are emerging that integrate the latest findings from psychopharmacological studies with those psychosocial interventions that have demonstrated efficacy. Such multimodal treatment strategies are effective in not only reducing psychiatric symptoms, but promoting wellness.

Unfortunately, it takes an average of 15 years for research to impact the standard of care in our communities. The Department of Psychiatry, through its educational programs, seeks to reduce the gap between emerging research and practice. The support of evidence-based care and the development of new delivery systems that provide state-of-the-art care to patients and their families are central to our clinical mission.

Research programs in the department target the acquisition and dissemination of new scientific knowledge relating to the causes and treatment of serious psychiatric disorders of public health concern throughout Pennsylvania and the nation. Our research includes the treatment of autism and autism spectrum disorders, developmental studies regarding the impact of acute and chronic stressors in childhood (e.g., exposure to cocaine in utero), child maltreatment and other stressors contributing to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders of childhood, rehabilitative systems for patients with substance abuse disorders, treatment of schizophrenia, and the management of metabolic disorders secondary to psychopharmacological interventions. Collaborative research programs between the department and Drexel University's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems, as well as with the Dornsife School of Public Health and multiple departments involved in neuroscience, are well under way. We seek to expand this research base as we move forward over the next five years.

INSPIRE Study: Innovations in Psychological Interventions for Regulating Eating

If you suffer from bulimia nervosa and are interested in seeking treatment, Drexel University's INSPIRE Study: Innovations in Psychological Interventions for Regulating Eating is looking for participants.

The INSPIRE project compares a novel, acceptance-based behavioral treatment for bulimia nervosa to an existing behavioral treatment. Study participants must be 18 or over, meet criteria for a primary diagnosis of bulimia nervosa, and receive medical clearance from their PCP for participation in an outpatient treatment study. The treatment will take place weekly at Drexel University and consists of 20 sessions over 5 months.

For additional information, contact Arielle Wolinsky at 215.553.7137 or

Psychiatry Patient Care

Drexel Psychiatry is committed to providing quality, compassionate psychiatric care for patients living in the Greater Philadelphia area.

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News and Announcements

"Top Docs 2016"
Congratulations to Jeffrey Bedrick, MD, and Barbara Schindler, MD, who were named "Top Doctors" in Philadelphia magazine's annual list of the region's best physicians. For a list of all College of Medicine faculty physicians named in 2016: "Faculty Physicians Named 'Top Docs' by Philadelphia Magazine"

In the Media

"Drexel Psychiatrist Collaborating In Landmark Genomic Study"
Pulse (Winter 2016)

"Concussion: If You Had a Son, Would You Let Him Play Football?"
Related Faculty: Sarah Whitman, MD (December 25, 2015)

"How to Get Through the Hardest Part of Your Workout"
Related Faculty: Sarah Whitman, MD (January 13, 2016)

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Wei Du, MD, MS, Clinical Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Wei Du, MD, MS
Clinical Professor and Interim Chair