Sitting at the intersection of a number of fields, we bring scientists, clinicians, patients, families, and the public together to improve the well-being and mental health of people throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Our treatment team is comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, therapists, and psychiatry and psychology trainees.
- Services provided through Penn State Health and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute
- Specialized treatment programs for mood, eating, sleep, autism spectrum, attention deficit hyperactivity, conduct, adolescents, addiction and substance use and psychotic disorders
- Specialized treatment settings include inpatient, outpatient, and partial (day) hospital programs
- Specialized treatment modalities including neuromodulation services.
Erika F.H. Saunders, MD
Psychiatry is a dynamic, exciting field, which is changing rapidly today. At Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, we provide innovative care for patients, educate the healthcare providers and academicians of the future, and produce and disseminate new knowledge in our 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 lead to improved care: links between the genome, the cell, cellular networks, and clinical symptoms. 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 provides a full range of clinical services in Hershey through the Hershey Medical Center and the University Physician's Group; and in Harrisburg, through the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI), a joint venture between the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health.
Penn State Psychiatry embodies our field and its future. As we pursue our missions to expand and transmit knowledge, we strive to improve lives. We welcome your interest in Penn State Psychiatry.
Erika F.H. Saunders, MD
The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state over the past 20 years, with half the states, including Pennsylvania, seeing increases of 30 percent or more. That means about 123 people per day are dying of suicide in the United States, notes Dr. Ahmad Hameed, a psychiatrist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center who has studied suicide.