Behavioral Health

How to explain war to children: Tips from Penn GSE

Marsha Richardson, director of Penn GSE’s School and Mental Health Counseling Program, says navigating disturbing current events is challenging, but can be done in thoughtful and supportive ways.

From Penn GSE

Penn Medicine to open new crisis response center at Cedar Avenue facility

As part of a unified mental health care hub at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania–Cedar Avenue, the new model brings together emergency, inpatient, and outpatient psychiatric care on the same campus, creating the health system’s second consolidated mental health care site in Philadelphia.

Eric Horvath

In the News

Women’s Health

What is body neutrality and how is it different than body positivity? Psychology experts explain

Kelly C. Allison of the Perelman School of Medicine says that body neutrality is a middle ground between picking one’s appearance apart and having to proclaim love for every single piece of the body.



To reduce suicide, primary care and mental health clinicians need to work together. Congress can help that happen

New research by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross shows that integrating mental health care into primary care does not increase overall costs for insurers.


The New York Times

Weight-loss drug Zepbound offers a new way to treat sleep apnea

Sigrid Veasey of the Perelman School of Medicine says that some sleep apnea patients are so desperate for a solution that they sew tennis balls onto their shirts to stop them from sleeping on their backs, which makes snoring worse.


Huffington Post

Read this if you regularly go to bed after 1 a.m.

Indira Gurubhagavatula of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a study which found that people who go to bed after 1 a.m. were more likely to experience mental health disorders.



How a few days in space can disrupt a person’s biology

Mathias Basner of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the frequency of commercial space flights could allow scientists to collect health data more quickly than before, and potentially from a more diverse population.


The Atlantic

The obese police

A 2018 paper by the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the Perelman School of Medicine suggested that “people-first” terms regarding obesity were preferred by patients seeking bariatric surgery.