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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 five months.

For additional information, contact Arielle Wolinsky at 215.553.7137 or

News and Announcements

Dr. Delaney Honored by Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society

Mary Anne Delaney, MD, received a lifetime achievement award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society. Dr. Delaney was honored at the society's Benjamin Rush Gala on November 15, 2019.

Dr. Sudak Appointed to ACGME Psychiatry Review Committee

Donna M. Sudak, MD, professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Division of Psychotherapy, has been appointed to the Psychiatry Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Sudak is the immediate past president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.

Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors 2019 Faculty Named Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors™ for 2019

Congratulations to Drs. Jeffrey D. Bedrick (Addiction Psychiatry) and Barbara A. Schindler (Psychiatry), who were named "Top Doctors" in Philadelphia magazine's annual list of the region's best physicians. (May 6, 2019)

EPIC EBP Program DesignationSpecial Designation for Center City Clinic

The Department of Psychiatry is proud to announce a special honor for the Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine, which was recently recognized as an EPIC Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation Center for their exemplary use of evidence-based practices in serving the community. Virginia O'Hayer, PhD, is the clinical director of the Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine. The clinic can be reached at 267.507.6581.

Dr. Schindler Receives SAMHSA Grant

Barbara Schindler, MD, was awarded a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, "Creating a Center of Excellence for Urban Integrated OUD Health Care: Expanding Prevention, Identification and Treatment for OUD in Philadephia." Dr. Schindler is the principal investigator for the grant. Drs. David Bennett, Donna McNelis and Mark Famador, and Ms. Sharlene Irving will also participate in the project.

Dr. Sudak Honored by Beck Institute

Donna Sudak, MD, received the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies Award for Excellence at Assumption College in Massachusetts. This special award recognizes and celebrates an individual's exemplary contributions in scholarship, teaching, supervision and the clinical practice of cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Bender Recognized for Advocacy Work

Daniel Bender, DO, receiving the 2018 Kenneth Gordon Jr., MD, Award

Daniel Bender, DO, first-year child/adolescent psychiatry fellow, received the 2018 Kenneth Gordon Jr., MD, Award from the Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

The award is given annually to a child psychiatry trainee based on an essay that best exemplifies the advocacy work and career of Dr. Gordon.

Dr. Du Named Chair of Psychiatry

Wei Du, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry, effective June 1, 2018. He has served with distinction as interim chair since July 2017. Read more.

Leadership Role for Dr. O'Hayer

Virginia O'Hayer, PhD, was elected incoming chair of Pennsylvania and Delaware Directors of Clinical Training (PENDELDOT) in the spring of 2018. PENDELDOT is a relatively new organization charged with addressing and protecting the needs of psychology clinical graduate practicum students and their training sites, across the greater Philadelphia area. As chair of PENDELDOT, Dr. O’Hayer oversees and collaborates with five board members and three student representatives, hosts an annual meeting and serves as a liaison between PENDELDOT and similar organizations nation-wide.

In the Media

October 30, 2019: David Bennett, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychiatry, was quoted in a PsyPost story about his research that suggests gender nonconforming behaviors in early childhood may be a risk factor for development of depressive symptoms in adolescence.

September 22, 2019: Theodore Fallon Jr., MD, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, was quoted in a Boston Globe article about how doctors sharing details about their own health can influence the relationships they have with patients.

September 6, 2019: C. Virginia O'Hayer, PhD, clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, was mentioned in mHealth Intelligence and Cystic Fibrosis News Today articles about her research on a talk therapy telemedicine treatment for cystic fibrosis.

January 16, 2019: Aneela Khan, MD, a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, was quoted in a Fox News story about the effects of solitary confinement on incarcerated youths.

August 27, 2018: Karriem Salaam, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, was interviewed on an episode of WHYY’s “Radio Times” about mental health in black communities.

June 20, 2018: Judith Cohen, MD, an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, was quoted in stories in the Daily Beast and Daily Mail about how separating migrant children from their parents can cause long-term trauma and harm. Cohen was also quoted in a May 31 Salon story on the same issue.

February 23, 2018: Alison Block, PhD, a clinical instructor of psychiatry, was quoted in a Courier Post story about how to reduce anxiety.

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

Wei Du, MD, MS
Professor and Chair

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