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Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine

The mission of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is to enhance quality of life through improved mental health services, training the next generation of providers and the discovery of knowledge and design of cutting-edge interventions in psychiatric care.

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Psychiatry is a dynamic, exciting field that is changing rapidly today. At Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health provides innovative care for patients, educates the health care providers and academicians of the future and produces and disseminates new knowledge in its research programs.

The explosion of knowledge about the brain and behavior that has characterized the past century is leading to understanding the connections that will help develop improved care: links between the genome, the cell, cellular networks and clinical symptoms.

Erika Saunders, MD, is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Penn State College of Medicine. She is pictured in a dress shirt and medical coat against a blue background.
Erika Saunders, MD, Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Sitting at the intersection of a number of fields, psychiatry brings scientists, clinicians, patients, families and the public together to improve the well-being and mental health of people.

Penn State Psychiatry and Behavioral Health provides a full range of clinical services in Hershey through Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health Medical Group; and in Harrisburg through Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, a joint venture between Hershey Medical Center and UPMC Pinnacle.

Penn State Psychiatry and Behavioral Health embodies the field and its future. As the department pursues its missions to expand and transmit knowledge, it also strives to improve lives.

Erika Saunders, MD
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Psychiatry: Video

In this video, explore the many facets of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Penn State College of Medicine.

View accessible video with audio description and transcript here.

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Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Education 

Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health provides training at all levels of practice.

For medical studnets, the psychiatry clerkship is a core, four-week clinical rotation that spans outpatient psychiatry, adult and child inpatient services and the consult service.

The four-year ACGME-accredited psychiatry residency and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry provide graduate medical education opportunities; meanwhile, a psychology internship trains advanced psychology doctoral-level students preparing to enter practice in professional psychology.

For practitioners, the department helps to organize a number of continuing medical education opportunities each year.

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Jobs in Psychiatry

Jobs in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Information on jobs that may be available in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health can be found at hr.psu.edu/careers (for non-clinical positions) or careers.pennstatehealth.org (for clinical positions). All applications must be made through those sites.