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Department overview

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.

Department stats

  • Services provided through Penn State Health and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute
  • Specialized treatment programs for mood, eating, sleep, autism spectrum, attention deficit hyperactivity, conduct, substance use and psychotic disorders
  • Specialized treatment settings include inpatient, outpatient, and partial (day) hospital programs

Specialized treatment modalities including neuromodulation services.

Contact us

500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

Erika Saunders, MD, Chair of PsychiatryErika F.H. Saunders, MD, Chair

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
Chair, Psychiatry

Distinguished achievement

Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, PhD, was the recipient of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine's Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award for 2016.

Top Paper for 2015

A paper from Alexandros N. Vgontzas, MD, Insomnia with Physiological Hyperarousal is Associated with Hypertension, was selected by the Editors of Hypertension as one of the Top Papers for 2015 in the category of clinical science.

Milestone and Research Excellence

Ed Bixler, PhD, was the recipient of the 2016 Career Citation Milestone Award, which recognizes a career milestone of 500 or more citations for a primary article where the recipient was first or last author. He received the award for the March 2001 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine article entitled, “Prevalence of Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Women-Effects on Gender.” He was also the recipient of the 2016 Career Research Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements of a faculty member who has dedicated their career to enhancing the research mission through education, mentorship, and collaborative efforts to further advance science.

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