Sunil Verma, MDDepartment Chair Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Section Chief of Consultation Psychiatry
Wei Du, MDSenior Vice President, Academic Affairs Chief Academic Officer Designated Institutional Official, Tower Health Service Line Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Tower Health Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine
Wei Du, MD, is chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is a professor of psychiatry, pharmacology, and physiology at Drexel University.
He is a diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Addiction Medicine, and American Board of Preventative Medicine. His clinical interests include pharmacological management of schizophrenia, bipolar, addictive disorders, and chronic pain. He provides lectures on advanced psychopharmacology and addiction psychiatry. Dr. Du has been extensively involved both preclinical and clinical research including pharmaceutical drug development in his career.
Donna M Sudak, MDProfessor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Education, Drexel University College of Medicine Program Director of Residency and Psychotherapy Training in the Department of Psychiatry at Tower Health - Drexel University
Donna Sudak is Professor, Vice Chair for Education, and Director of Residency and Psychotherapy Training in the Department of Psychiatry at Tower Health - Drexel University. She is a clinician-educator with a wealth of experience in teaching and patient care. She has made several significant contributions to the literature in CBT education and has played a major role in developing suggested curricula and guidelines for resident competency in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She also has multiple publications regarding combining treatment with medication and CBT. Her most recent book, Teaching and Supervising Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, written with a group of noted experts in CBT education, provides multiple resources for educators.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Drexel-Tower Health, Dr. Sudak is an adjunct faculty member at the Beck Institute. She is the Past President of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy, is the former Editor of the PIPE examination, has served on the Board of Regents of the American College of Psychiatrists, and serves on multiple national committees in Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. She is a Past-President of AADPRT.
Charles C Stanfa, DOAssistant Professor of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine Associate Program Director of Tower Health-Brandywine Hospital General Psychiatry Program Outpatient Section Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Brandywine Hospital
Charles Stanfa, DO, is Outpatient Section Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Brandywine Hospital, and Associate Program Director of Tower-Brandywine Hospital General Psychiatry Program. He received his DO from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed psychiatry residence training at Drexel University College of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Community Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry. He has experience working in an outpatient setting and as an ACT psychiatrist. He is also an enthusiastic Philadelphia sports fan and bobblehead collector.
Zhabiz Kazeminezhad, MDAssistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zhabiz Kazeminezhad, MD, is an Assistant Professor and Inpatient Psychiatrist at Brandywine Hospital. Dr. Kazeminezhad completed her doctorate at Drexel University College of Medicine and her residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in general adult psychiatry. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kazeminezhad is also certified in Medication Assisted Treatment of Addiction and Electroconvulsive Therapy. Her clinical interests include psychopharmacology, addiction medicine, and acute/emergency psychiatry. Dr. Kazeminezhad's hobbies include cooking, traveling, spending time with family, and popular science books.
David S Bennett, PhDProfessor of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine
David Bennett, PhD, Professor, is Program Director for the PCIT Program and staff psychologist for the Grow Clinic at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Dr. Bennett completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Indiana University and his post-doctoral Fellowship in pediatric psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive adjustment of children from at-risk populations; screen media effects on children with autism; acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adults with chronic illnesses; and factors associated with successful treatment for women with substance abuse disorders. His hobbies include running, cycling, and playing with his two sons.
Donna McNelis, PhDProfessor. Associate Dean of Professionalism and Continued Education, and Director of Behavioral Health Education, Drexel University College of Medicine
Donna McNelis, PhD, is the Director of Behavioral Healthcare Education, a large, multidisciplinary continuing education and consultation program. Prior to moving into the Dean’s Office, Dr. McNelis was Vice Chair for Administration for the Department of Psychiatry and worked closely with the Child/Adolescent program. She has interests in co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance use, and mental illness and intellectual/developmental disability), behavioral health advocacy/policy development, and professionalism. Her interests include scuba diving and travel, and she is president of National Association for Mental Illness, Montgomery, PA.
Barbara A Schindler, MDProfessor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Vice Dean Emerita, Educational and Academic Affairs, Drexel University College of Medicine
Barbara Schindler, MD, is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, and vice dean emerita of educational and academic affairs at Drexel University College of Medicine. As vice dean, a position she held for 18 years, she guided the College through several LCME accreditations and provided exemplary leadership and creativity in the service of medical education. Prior to becoming vice dean, Dr. Schindler served as acting chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 1993 to 1995. Dr. Schindler is the founder and medical director of the Caring Together Program, an outpatient treatment program for women with substance use disorders and their children. She is board certified in psychiatry, with added qualifications in geriatric psychiatry and expertise in hospital consultation psychiatry and the treatment of addictive and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Schindler has more than 150 publications, abstracts, and presentations in consultation-liaison psychiatry/psychosomatic medicine, substance abuse in women, and medical education. She collaborated on a multicenter study of the effects of financial stress on the physical and mental health of academic-health-center faculty and is the principal investigator of two SAMHSA grants, one to expand Caring Together for women being released from incarceration, and another focused on expanding prevention, identification, and treatment of opioid use disorder in Philadelphia.
Mary Anne Delaney, MDProfessor of Psychiatry, Associate Director of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (ELAM), Drexel University College of Medicine
Mary Anne Delaney, MD, is professor and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and former associate dean for faculty affairs at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Delaney is associate director of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program. She is also board certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, with a limited practice of psychiatry with adults and a general practice of psychiatry with adolescents and children. Dr. Delaney is a trained psychoanalyst for adults, adolescents, and children.
April Fallon, PhDClinical Professor of Psychiatry
April Fallon, PhD, is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. She has taught medical students, psychology and social work students, and psychiatric residents for 30 years. Dr. Fallon is a psychologist practicing in Bala Cynwyd. She has an interest in group therapy, body image and eating disorders, effects of physical abuse, and child adoption. Dr. Fallon also has a certification in group psychotherapy from the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Mitzie L Grant, PhDAssociate Professor of Psychiatry
Mitzie Grant, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, specializing in Pediatric Neuropsychology. She is Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology, Department of Academic Psychiatry at Tower Health Medical Group at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine. She received her PhD from University of Texas and Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology from Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her offices are located in Child Neurology at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where her clinical practice includes assessment and evaluation of children/youth with a wide range of medical conditions. Dr. Grant is also a member of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Treatment Program & Metabolic Program. Her research interests include cognitive and psychosocial functioning of individuals with chronic medical conditions. She enjoys teaching and participates in the education and training of neurology and psychiatry fellows, residents, medical students, and graduate psychology students.
Reem A Tarazi, PhDAssociate Professor of Psychiatry
Reem Tarazi, PhD, ABPP-CN, is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist who practices at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Her clinical practice consists of evaluating children, adolescents, and young adults with complex pediatric medical and neurological conditions to assist with differential diagnosis, treatment management, and monitoring of functioning over time. She is involved in teaching in her department’s Child and Adolescent fellowship program and training doctoral students studying Clinical Psychology. Dr. Tarazi’s research interests include cognitive sequelae of sickle cell disease and transition to adulthood in youth with complex medical disorders. She is also a member of several committees within the department. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three active sons, traveling, and puzzling.
Jared Goldman, PhDAssistant Professor of Psychiatry
Jared Goldman, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. He joins Drexel from the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he completed his postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology. Dr. Goldman supervises doctoral trainees in psychotherapy and psychological evaluation. He leads seminars on psychodynamic technique and theory as well as psychological assessment. Topics of his seminars include personality style, contrasting schools of psychodynamic theory, differential diagnosis, and the use of assessment instruments. Dr. Goldman is a clinical psychologist who sees patients in Center City Philadelphia at the Tower Health Medical Group outpatient clinic. He conducts psychotherapy with individuals facing a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, questions of identity, problems with self-esteem, health concerns, and loss of loved ones. While his current work is in an outpatient setting, he has also received training with inpatient psychiatric and medical populations. He has worked extensively with oncology patients, using psychotherapy to address the myriad mental health issues that can arise amid their battles with cancer. Dr. Goldman's clinical interests include psychodynamic theory and technique, in particular, object-relations theory and theories of personality style.
Indranil Chakrabarti, MDAssistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychiatry Clerkship Director
Indranil Chakrabarti, MD, is the Psychiatry Clerkship Director and Psychiatry Pathway Director at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. He is also board-certified in Clinical Informatics. Dr. Chakrabarti has an active interest in designing clinical education activities, including simulation exercises and integration of virtual interventions in training. He is also involved in organized medicine, advocating easier access to psychiatric care in rural and underserved communities.
Christopher Owens, MAInstructor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Health Education, Drexel University College of Medicine
Christopher M. Owens, MA, LPC, is an instructor in the Division of Behavioral Healthcare Education (BHE) within Drexel's Department of Psychiatry. He provides continuing education to behavioral healthcare providers, with areas of teaching interest including psychopathology, trauma, substance use disorders, motivational interviewing, and ethics. He also serves as BHE's manager of technology and online education, maintaining online archives of recorded trainings for continuing and resident education. He is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. In 2018, he served as co-chair of the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association Conference "Fueling the Future."