Welcome to Penn State Hershey Psychiatry

Like all of medicine and health care, psychiatry stands poised on a threshold of great and rapid changes. In the near future, advances in imaging and molecular biology will unlock many of the brain's mysteries, allowing more personalized treatments, based on new understanding of pathophysiology. Psychiatric patients, their families, and society at large will benefit. It is an exciting time to be a physician and to specialize in the evolving specialty of psychiatry. Click here to learn more

For clinical concerns and appointments, please contact the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI) Admissions Department at 717-782-6493 or 866-746-2496. For out-patient appointments in Hershey, please call 717-531-8338.

The Central Pennsylvania Regional Autism Partnership, an ASERT center, was established in December of 2008 through a generous grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare's Bureau of Autism Services. In establishing the ASERT centers, the Bureau is intending to create three regional centers for Autism Service, Education, Research, and Training (ASERT) as a cost-effective way to address the chasm between research and quality diagnostic and intervention practices. The establishment of these three centers is a direct result of the work of the Autism Task Force, which recommended development and funding of regional centers as a means to leverage work from the research community.

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Dr. Tan has established the "Ling and Esther Tan Early Career Professorship in Psychiatry."  This professorship will support the early career development of an assistant professor within the Department.

The Department of Psychiatry welcomes the following new faculty to the Department:

Dr. Raman Baweja joined the department July 1 as a faculty-clinician, upon his graduation from the child fellowship program. His primary clinical assignment will be the consult service (adult and child), but he will also be practicing at the Northeast Drive Clinic two days a week, and providing vacation coverage on the PPI child inpatient service.  Dr. Baweja is a medical graduate of Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, India and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.  He completed the General Psychiatry Residency program and his Master of Science (MS) of Public Health Services at Penn State Hershey.  Dr. Baweja was also Chief Resident, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.

Dr.  Venkatesh Basappa Krishnamurthy, one of our adult residency graduates, joined the department July 1 and will be working clinically in the HCAR sleep lab.   Dr. Krisnamurthy completed his medical education at Al-Ameen Medical College, Bijapur, India, and his residency at Fuller Muller Medical College, Mangalore, India, and at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.   In addition, he completed his fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Henry Ford Hospitals, Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Douglas Whitney joined the adult outpatient/PHP program at PPI July 1.  He completed his medical education and psychiatric residency at Temple University, Philadelphia.  He comes to us from Connections Community Support Programs, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware.

Dr. Andrew Francis joined the department September 22, 2014, as Director of Neuromodulation and Associate Director of Residency Training.  Dr. Francis completed his PhD at SUNY Stony Brook and his medical education at SUNY Buffalo.  He completed his psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Francis comes to us from SUNY Stony Brook.

To view information about our current open faculty positions, please click on the corresponding link. This page is updated regularly.