Department of Psychiatric Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatric Medicine


Office: 610-996-9572

Dr. Bernstein is a child and adolescent psychiatrist clinician educator.

  • Education

    Certified Trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid
    2013 to present

    Hahnemann University Hospital 
    Residency, Child, Adolescent, Adult Psychiatry
    1984 to 1989

    Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) 
    Osteopathic Medicine

  • Courses

    Psychiatric medicine

  • Research

    Empathy and cultural sensitivity

  • Awards

    3rd place award: “Empathy and Professionalism in Medical Student Education: What is the Evidence?” April 8, 2016 American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), Washington, DC

  • Publications and Presentations

    • 2017: The 5-Minute Clinical Consult: Anxiety Algorithm, Wolters Kluwer Health, Philadelphia, PA. in process of submission.
    • 2016: Dale Aaron Peeples, M.D.; Anthony Guerrero; Bettina Bernstein; Jeffrey Hunt; Say How Ong; Cynthia Santos; Sandra Sexson; Norbert Skokauskas. Comparing and contrasting the use of problem based learning in child and adolescent psychiatry programs". In Process of Submission to Academic Psychiatry.
    • 2015: "Supplements, Diets and Other Complementary and Alternative Interventions in Adolescent Mental Health", Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 5, No. 2, pgs 73-83, Bentham Science Publishers, United Arab Emirates.
    • 2015: Internet peer-reviewed publications (emedicine) “Anorexia Nervosa, Antidepressants and Depression in Children, Bipolar Disorder, Childhood Disintegration Syndrome, Conduct Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Mathematics/Writing Based Learning Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Rett’s Disorder, School Refusal, Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety and Tourette’s Syndrome”.
    • 2013: Evidence of Declining Empathy in Third Year Osteopathic Medical Students, International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Vol 17, No 1, pgs 22-27, Elsevier Publishers.
    • 2011: Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 1, No 4, pgs. 313-320, Bentham Science Publishers, United Arab Emirates.

    • 2016 Presenter, “Empathy and Professionalism in Medical Student Education: What is the Evidence?” April 8, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), Washington, DC.
    • 2015 Presenter, “Adolescent Psychiatry and Integrative and Alternative Medicine: Best Practices”, American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry, New York, NY.
    • 2014 Presenter, “Beyond violence: Moving from anger that kills to appropriate emotional expression on a budget!”, Center for School Mental Health, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • 2014 Presenter, “A-OMEC: a structured approach to osteopathic core competencies”, AACOM, Washington, D.C.
    • 2013 Presenter, “Andragogy” and Facilitator/Cultural Issues, AACOM, Baltimore, MD.
    • 2012 Presenter, “Achieving Culturally Sensitive Case Based Curricular Innovation in Prevention and Behavioral Change”, Best Poster Award, AACOM, Washington, DC
    • 2011 Presenter, “Calming the Inner Storm”, Center for School Mental Health (CSMH), Charleston, SC.
    • 2011 Presenter, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine”, 2nd Annual CAPP Conference, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), PA
    • 2011 Presenter, “Interprofessionalism and Cultural Sensitivity”, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    • 2010 Presenter, “Beyond the Prescription Pad”, Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) Conference, Albuquerque, NM
    • 2010 Presenter, “School Psychiatry”, National School-Based Health Conference (NSBHC), Arlington, VA
    • 2009 Moderator, Conference on School Refusal, Philadelphia, PA
    • 2007 Presenter, National School-Based Health Conference, Washington, DC
    • 2004 Presenter, “The Disruptive Child”, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Continuing Medical Education
    • 2002 Presenter, “Selective Mutism”, Center for School Mental Health, Philadelphia, PA
    • 1997 Presenter, “Poverty and Deprivation”, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • 1994 Presenter, “Issues That Scare Pediatricians”, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Osteopathic Pediatricians
    • 1992 Grand Rounds, “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome”, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Memberships

    • 2011 to present, Co-Chairperson, Psychiatry in Schools, CSMH
    • 2011 to present, Schools Committee Liaison to the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Committee, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2008 to present, Delegate, 1999 to present, Co-Chairperson, Subcommittee on the Schools, 2011 to 2013, Treasurer, Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey Region
    • 2002 to present, American Red Cross, Philadelphia Chapter, Disaster Mental Health Team
    • 1993 to present, Clinical Affiliate, Medical Staff, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Child Psychiatry