AHN Names Dr. Anthony Mannarino Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has named Anthony P. Mannarino, PhD, an internationally known expert in child traumatic stress and cognitive behavioral therapy, chair of the AHN Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Institute, effective Nov. 1. He succeeds Patton VanMeter “Van” Nickell, MD, who announced his forthcoming retirement earlier this year.

Dr. Mannarino is a longtime leader, clinician and researcher at AHN, most recently serving as vice chair of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Institute and director of Allegheny General Hospital’s Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents. He is also professor of psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Mannarino will lead the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Institute’s three primary divisions – adult, child and adolescent, and psychology – its four general adult inpatient units, its two inpatient geropsychiatry units, its 13 outpatient clinics, as well as its faculty and support staff. Dr. Mannarino will also oversee AHN’s highly regarded psychiatric residency program, its child and adolescent fellowship, and its psychology internships and post-doctoral fellowships. 

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Anthony Mannarino as chair of the AHN Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Institute,” said Donald Whiting, MD, AHN Chief Medical Officer. “He is an accomplished, innovative clinician-researcher and a compassionate caregiver to patients and their families. His deep knowledge of AHN and its people will serve him well as he guides the institute through continued growth and success.

“I would also like to thank Dr. Nickell for his long and distinguished service to AHN and to his patients,” Dr. Whiting said. “Under his leadership the Institute expanded its geographical footprint, added an unprecedented number of clinicians, launched a successful telemedicine program and added specialized programs such as the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health at West Penn Hospital, the Center for Treatment-Resistant Depression and the Chill Project at AHN, a mindfulness-based outreach to local school districts.”

Dr. Mannarino has been a leader in the field of child traumatic stress for nearly three decades, having been awarded numerous federal grants from the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the clinical course of traumatic stress symptoms in children, and to develop effective treatment approaches for traumatized children and their families. He and AHN psychiatrist Judith Cohen, MD, were among the principal developers of an innovative model of child therapy, “trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy,” which is now used by thousands of therapists across the country to care for children who have experienced physical, sexual, or mental trauma. 

Dr. Mannarino has received many honors for his work, including the Betty Elmer Outstanding Professional Award, and the Legacy Award from the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association. He is a past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. 

Dr. Mannarino received his BA (psychology) from Cornell University, and his MA and PhD (clinical child psychology) from Ohio State University. He joined AHN in 1994, from the University of Pittsburgh.

About AHN

Allegheny Health Network, a Highmark Health company, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. Among the network’s 300 clinical locations are 13 hospitals and five Health + Wellness Pavilions. AHN also is home to a comprehensive research institute; home- and community-based health services; and a group purchasing organization. The network employs more than 20,000 people and has more than 2,400 doctors on its medical staff. Established in 2013, AHN’s member hospitals share legacies of charitable care that date back more than 160 years.

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