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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The Department of Psychiatry welcomes Rachel Perrin, CRNP.  She will be working on the Adult Consult Service.  Rachel completed her Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health at Columbia University, New York, NY, and her Master of Science in Nursing, Forensic Specialty at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.  She comes to us from Hampton Counseling, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Dara Babinski, Ph.D. received a grant from the American Psychology Foundation 2014 Visionary Fund for her project titled "A Novel Social Skills Intervention for Adolescent Girls with ADHD."

Michael Murray, M.D. received additional funding for his ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Research and Training) grant to lead two state-wide initiatives to improve services and programming for adults with ASD. 

The Adolescent Social Skills Program has expanded to a multi-site project with current groups running in Hershey and Philadelhipa with additional sites in Pittsburgh and Allentown.

Michael Murray, M.D. is the initial recipient of the Hollinger Autism Research Endowment.

Dr. Ailyn Diaz returned to the Department as an Assistant Professor on February 1, 2015, and will be working at PPI in the Child Outpatient/Partial program.  She completed her M.D., adult residence and child and adolescent fellowship at Penn State Hershey.  She comes to us from Linda Berlin Psy.D. & Psychological Associates in Coral Springs and Boca Raton, Florida.

Raman Baweja, M.D., MS, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, has been chosen to participate in the American Psychiatric Association's Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators Section of Clinical Psychobiology.  The purpose of the colloquium is to provide guidance, mentorship and encouragement to young investigators in the early phases of their career.  Dr. Baweja will receive mentorship from clinical Psychobiology researchers as well as guidance on career development and grantmanship.  Dr. Baweja has also been awarded a Fellowship to attend a 2015 Workshop on Clinical Trials sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and the Zucker Hillside Hospital.






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