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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia magazine has published their 2018 list of the region's "Top Doctors." Psychiatry faculty honored include Jeffrey D. Bedrick and Barbara Schindler. Read more.
Drexel hosted the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society's 2018 Colloquium of Scholars on April 14. Many of our faculty, residents and fellows presented at the event, and a number received honors for their work. Learn more about the event.
On April 10, faculty and staff were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding service at the 2018 Golden Apple Award Ceremony. Read more.
Wei Du, MD, has been elected to be the secretary of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society for 2018 – 2019.
Donna Sudak, MD, has been named president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Programs for 2018 – 2019.
Sunil Verma, MD, has been selected for a 2018 Excellence in Teaching Golden Apple Award, nominated by the Drexel University College of Medicine Class of 2020.
Donna McNelis, PhD, recently received the 2017 Frank J. Menolascino Award for Excellence in Dual Diagnosis (MI/IDD).
In the Media
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.
November 22, 2017: Barbara Schindler, MD, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, and vice dean emerita of educational and academic affairs, was interviewed for a WCAU-TV (NBC-10) story on about how the Caring Together program, based at Drexel, helps pregnant women and recent mothers who are addicted to opioids.
October 20, 2017: Barbara Schindler, MD, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, and vice dean emerita of educational and academic affairs, was quoted in a Bucks County Courier Times story about how Drexel is educating medical students about substance abuse to improve outcomes for drug-dependent mothers and their children.
"Drexel Psychiatrist Collaborating In Landmark Genomic Study"
Pulse (Winter 2016)
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