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Barbara A. Schindler

Barbara A. Schindler, MD

Vice Dean Emerita, Educational and Academic Affairs; Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics

Department: Psychiatry

Practices: The Caring Together Program

Specialties: Psychiatry


  • BA - Boston University
  • MD - Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania

Awards & Honors

  • “Making A Difference” Award, Mayor’s Commission on Addiction & Recovery (MCAR). The award recognizes those who have been working unselfishly to assist individuals challenged by substance use disorders and those at risk. (2022)
  • Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2013-2016, 2018, 2021)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Women in Medicine Silver Achievement Award
  • Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society's Presidential Award
  • Daniel Blain Award of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society
  • The Commonwealth Board Award
  • WMC/MCP Alumnae/i Association Service Award
  • The Lindback Teaching Award

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Professional Member, Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Philadelphia magazine's Top Doctors 2021

Dr. Schindler is the founder and medical director of the Caring Together Program, an outpatient treatment program for women with substance use disorders and their children. She is board certified in psychiatry, with added qualifications in geriatric psychiatry and expertise in hospital consultation psychiatry and the treatment of addictive and psychiatric disorders.

Accepting referrals for the Caring Together Program only. Contact Information: 215.967.2130.

Dr. Schindler has earned fellowship status in the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and is a past president of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. She served on the Council of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.

  • Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2013-2016, 2018, 2021)
  • Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society's Presidential Award
  • Daniel Blain Award of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society


Clinical Services

Psychiatric evaluation, Women's mental health, Addictive Disorders in Women, Psychosomatic medicine


  • Internal Medicine - Medical College of Pennsylvania (1971)


  • Adult Psychiatry - Medical College of Pennsylvania (1973)
  • Child Psychiatry - Medical College of Pennsylvania (1975)

Affiliated Hospitals

Friends Hospital

Barbara Schindler, MD, is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, and vice dean emerita of educational and academic affairs at Drexel University College of Medicine. As vice dean, a position she held for 18 years, she guided the College through several LCME accreditations and provided exemplary leadership and creativity in the service of medical education. Prior to becoming vice dean, Dr. Schindler served as acting chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 1993 to 1995.

Dr. Schindler is featured in these clinician resources about substance use disorder:

Research Interests

Prevention, identification and treatment of substance use disorders; educational outcomes; medical school accreditation


Dr. Schindler has over 150 publications, abstracts, and presentations in consultation-liaison psychiatry/psychosomatic medicine, substance abuse in women, and medical education. She collaborated on a multicenter study of the effects of financial stress on the physical and mental health of academic-health-center faculty and is the principal investigator of two SAMHSA grants, one to expand Caring Together for women being released from incarceration, and another focused on expanding prevention, identification and treatment of opioid use disorder in Philadelphia.


Selected Publications

"Attitudes toward harm reduction among substance use treatment professionals in Philadelphia"
Javadi R, Lagana K, Krowicki T, Bennett D and Schindler B
Journal of Substance Use (August 9, 2021)

"Managing Chronic Pain: Non-Pharmacologic Approaches"
Bass MA, Schindler BA and Novack D
DOCCOM Module 44. (2021)

"Initiating Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder"
Bass MA, Schindler BA and Novack D
DOCCOM Module 43. (2021)

“Efficacy of an Internet-Based Learning Module and Small Group Debriefing on Trainees’ Attitude and Communication Skills Toward Patients with Substance Abuse Disorders"
Lanken, PH, Novack, DH, Daetwyler, C, Gallop, R, Landis, JR, Lapin J, Subramaniam, G. and Schindler, BA
Academic Medicine (2014)

"The Impact of the Changing Health Care Environment on the Health and Well-Being of Faculty at Four Medical Schools"
B.A. Schindler, D.H. Novack, D.G. Cohen, J. Yager, D. Wang, N.J. Shaheen, P. Guze, L. Wilkerson and D.A. Drossman
Academic Medicine, Vol. 81, No. 1 (January 2006)

"Respect from Our Medical Colleagues"
B.A. Schindler
American Journal of Psychiatry, 58 (7):1167-8, Letter to the Editor (July 2001)

"Designing and Implementing a Comprehensive, Integrated, Longitudinal Medical School Curriculum in Bio-psychosocial Medicine"
D.H. Novack, S.R. Waldstein, D.A. Drossman, B.A. Schindler and H. Ochitill
Medical Encounter, Volume 16, No.1 (Winter 2001)

"MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine"
B.A. Schindler, B.D. Mann, C.D. Puglia, B.J. Landau and T.R. Kantner
Academic Medicine, Vol. 75, (9 Suppl):S310-2 (September 2000)

Contact Information

The Caring Together Program
4700 Wissahickon Avenue
Building C, Suite 102
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: 215.967.2130
Fax: 215.967.2171