Penn State president to discuss pros and cons of medicating children

University Park, Pa. — Millions of American children are taking psychiatric drugs on a daily basis, and the number of those diagnosed with mental health disorders has been on the rise for the past few years. Many parents and patients themselves have voiced concerns about the safety and effectiveness of these medications. Penn State President Graham Spanier and his guests, Christopher Petersen and Craig Feaster, will discuss the benefits and risks of medicating children on the next edition of "To the Best of My Knowledge."

The live call-in program airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM.

Christopher Petersen is a child psychiatrist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Petersen received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. Petersen is board certified in psychiatry and adolescent and child psychiatry. His research interests include infant, toddler and preschool psychiatry and development.

Craig Feaster is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at SunPointe Health in State College, Pa. He received his medical degree at the Penn State University College of Medicine. Feaster is board certified in general and child/adolescent psychiatry and he works primarily with children and adolescents and autistic spectrum disorders.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or e-mailing during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and -FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 14th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.





Last Updated March 21, 2011