Welcome to Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program
One out of every one hundred women suffers from Anorexia Nervosa and three out of one hundred women suffer from Bulimia Nervosa. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are serious mental health illnesses that can have significant and sometimes irreversible medical complications that can lead to death. The incidence of eating disorders is also increasing in very young children and in males.
The professionals at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania offer a full range of treatment options for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Conditions treated include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and related Eating Disorders. Who should be referred to these programs? Warning signs and symptoms include: preoccupation with food and weight, distortion of body image, restriction of food intake, vomiting after eating and loss of menstrual periods. While criteria for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are well established, it is increasingly evident that many patients especially adolescents may present with symptoms of an eating disorders, that do not fulfill the complete criteria.
Services include outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and partial hospitalization/day treatment. In all cases, patients work with a knowledgeable and experienced multi-disciplinary treatment team to maximize potential for recovery.
Goals of treatment include medical stabilization, nutritional rehabilitation, control of abnormal eating behavior, psychological treatment and prevention of relapse.
If you or someone you care about is affected by an eating disorder, it is important to seek help!
Family & Friends Support Group
for our patients, family members and friends
Beginning Wednesday November 12th 5:30-6:30
Please gather in the waiting room by 5;30 pm.
Questions? Contact Barb Gershenson, Ph.D. at (717 )531-7235
- Child and young adolescent partial hospitalization/day treatment program for eating disorders. Patients ages 8 through 15 are treated in a supportive, family-based environment with a multi-disciplinary team. Our staff is experienced in the care of these challenging children and teens. A school component is included during the school year and families have the opportunity to stay at Ronald McDonald House which is nearby. We are currently accepting referrals for this innovative program. Please call 717-531-7230 for referrals and more information.
- Intensive outpatient program and partial hospitalization program for older adolescents and adults at our treatment facility in Hershey. These multi-disciplinary programs offer treatment for patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating disorders in a supportive and nurturing environment.
In addition to our clinic offices in Hershey, PA you can visit with us at the following facilities:
We have a satellite office located at 2170 Noll Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604. Medical office hours are the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month and every Wednesday.
If the Lancaster office would be more convenient for you and you would like more information, please let us know. Our regular contact number will remain the same at 717-531-7235.
We have a satellite office located at 108 Plaza Drive, Suite 201, Brandon, PA 19510. Medical office hours are the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month and every Wednesday. Outpatient therapy services are available on Thursdays.
If the Reading office would be more convenient for you and you would like more information, please let us know. Our regular contact number will remain the same at 717-531-7235.
We have a satellite office located at 476 Rolling Ridge Dr., Suite 101, State College, PA 16801.
If the State College office would be more convenient for you and you would like more information, please let us know. Our regular contact number will remain the same at 717-531-7235.
We have a satellite office located at 3025 Market Street, Entrance B, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
If the Camp Hill office would be more convenient for you and you would like more information, please let us know. Our regular contact number will remain the same at 717-531-7235.
Penn State Hershey Adolescent Medicine/ and Eating Disorders programs accept practicum students on a limited basis. We can only consider graduate students who are currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in psychology or a related field, who have a demonstrated record of academic achievement, and who have the clinical training and skills to work with our programs. If you are interested, please direct any questions to Practicum-Eating-Disorder-Programs@hmc.psu.edu. Interested candidates should provide the preliminary application information (below) and e-mail a scanned copy to Practicum-Eating-Disorder-Programs@hmc.psu.edu. All preliminary applications will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted to provide additional application materials. Thank you for your interest in eating disorders and our program!
Graduate Student Eating Disorders Practicum Application
Undergraduate college or university:
Undergraduate degree and major:
Graduate college or university:
Anticipated date of graduation from your graduate program:
Will you be receiving course credit from your graduate program for this practicum? YES NO
Is your graduate college or university affiliated with The Pennsylvania State University? YES NO
Statement of Practicum Objectives
Please provide a brief (no more than one page) description of what you expect to accomplish by completing a practicum experience with the Eating Disorders Programs. Please be specific about your goals and consider objectives that are unique to you as well as those that may be applicable to the majority of students.