Petri joins staff in Behavioral Medicine

Will serve as director of Telepsychiatry Services

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Justin Petri, M.D., was recently named director of Telepsychiatry Services in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University. While he will practice out of WVU’s Chestnut Ridge Center, he will be treating adult patients in Parkersburg and Martinsburg on an outpatient basis via videoconference.
Telepsychiatry provides psychiatric services to patients living in remote locations or otherwise underserved areas, connecting patients and psychiatrists through the use of television cameras and microphones.

In Martinsburg, Dr. Petri will work as part of a community treatment team with other providers from East Ridge Health Systems. The program is intended to care for patients with severe, chronic mental illness. “In this program, we go directly to our patients in the community,” Petri said. “We make sure they are taking their medications and ensure that their living environment is safe. We have found that patients in this type of program do better long term, and it decreases their need for crisis stabilization services and hospital admissions.”

Justin Petri, M.D.

A native of Wheeling, W.Va., Petri is a 2005 graduate of WVU’s School of Medicine. He completed a residency in psychiatry at WVU, serving as chief resident from 2008 to 2009. He was given the Resident Teaching Award, presented by third-year medical students at WVU, in both 2008 and 2009.

Before joining the staff at WVU, Petri was a staff psychiatrist in the crisis unit at Valley Mental Health Services in Morgantown. He continues to volunteer at Morgantown Health Right as a staff psychiatrist.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
md: 9-01-09

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