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Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has elevated two faculty members to key leadership positions: Dr. Dan Shapiro will serve as vice dean for faculty and administrative affairs, and Dr. Erika Saunders has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry.
Shapiro, currently chair of the Department of Humanities, will continue in that role as he also serves in the vice dean position. One of his priorities will be elevating the culture of respect at Penn State Hershey. He will also serve as a liaison between the dean’s office and search committees for department chairs.
Shapiro, the Garner James Cline Professor of Humanities in Medicine, joined Penn State Hershey in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Florida and went on to Harvard Medical School, where he completed an internship and an endowed post-doctoral fellowship. A psychologist, Shapiro’s writings about physician-patient relationships and physician wellness have appeared in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and Academic Medicine, as well as on NPR’s All Things Considered and other outlets. He is an award-winning author of three books, has served as a consultant for the television show “Grey’s Anatomy” and has also held two professorships from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
Saunders, who has served as interim psychiatry chair since December, is director of the Mood Disorders Program and an associate professor of psychiatry. She is also an adjunct research investigator with the Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center at the University of Michigan. Saunders came to Penn State Hershey in 2008 as an assistant professor of psychiatry. She received her undergraduate education from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from the University of Iowa. She completed a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School and residency training in psychiatry at the University of Michigan, and she was awarded a Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fellowship. Saunders’ work has been recognized nationally, and she has been accepted to speak about her work to the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and the American Psychiatric Association. She is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Saunders is active in medical student and resident education, and was awarded a Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Psychiatry Resident’s Teaching Award. She succeeds Dr. Alan Gelenberg, who retired from the organization in December after five years as department chair.
From Harvard to Arizona to the Midwest and back to his native Pennsylvania, Dr. Alan J. Gelenberg’s lifetime of academic, clinical, and community experiences has shaped his vision for the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.
Gelenberg was named chair in November, and in the 14 months since he arrived in Hershey as a professor and interim chair, he has earned the complete respect and confidence of his colleagues and has been remarkably successful in advancing the strategic direction of the department.
An international lecturer and the editor-in-chief of Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Gelenberg has been the recipient of all sorts of recognition—listed in The Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors, he also received the 1997 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
Gelenberg came to Hershey from Wisconsin, where he served as clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin, as well as president and CEO of Healthcare Technology Systems. Prior to that, he spent eighteen years as the head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona. During his time there, he was a founder of Arizona’s Institute for Mental Health Research and helped redesign public mental-health services in Southern Arizona. Prior to that, Gelenberg served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and M.I.T. A native of Philadelphia, he received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. (more…)
In the wake of an autism diagnosis−one of the most puzzling of human conditions−a family’s journey to create order out of chaos begins.
Researchers estimate that as many as one in 110 people currently live with what’s now known as autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disability that occurs in young children. For reasons that scientists have yet to determine, the incidence of this condition has been rising for decades.
“In part, our ability to identify and diagnose individuals with autism has improved,” says Michael J. Murray, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Division of Autism Studies at Penn State College of Medicine.
“Additionally, the diagnostic criteria have been expanded to include higher functioning individuals,” adds Susan Mayes, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry at the College of Medicine. “In the past, children who would not have been identified as having autism because their symptoms are mild and they are bright are now recognized as being on the spectrum.”