Penn State president discusses cutting disorders on WPSU-TV/FM

November 19, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- Cutting disorders and other forms of self-injury will be the topic of the next edition of "To the Best of My Knowledge," Penn State President Graham Spanier's monthly call-in show, airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM.

For most people, the idea of cutting one's self is incomprehensible. However, for an estimated 2 million to 3 million Americans, self-injury helps them feel calm and in control. The majority of people who self-injure are women between the ages of 13 and 30, but there are "cutters" of every age, gender and economic group. On this month's "To the Best of My Knowledge," Spanier discusses what cutting disorders are and how to find help.

Spanier’s guests are Richard L. Levine, a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, where he is chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders, and Candace R. Good of Sunbridge Health in State College. Good is board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. Before relocating to State College, she was an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Good received her undergraduate degree in pre-medicine from Penn State and completed her medical degree and residency training at the Penn State College of Medicine.

Viewers and listeners may 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 WPSU-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 10th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president. 

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