Henri Parens, Psychiatrist

Henri Parens

Psychiatrist | Psychiatry

111 Presidential Blvd. Suite 133 Bala Cynwyd Pennsylvania, 19004


Henri Parens, MD, is an internationally known child psychiatrist with a private practice in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.  He also works at Thomas Jefferson University, training and supervising others in the art of child psychiatry and human behavior.  He has written several books, including The Development of Aggression in Early Childhood, and Aggression in Our Children: Coping with it Constructively.  Dr. Parens has special clinical interest in childhood aggression, characterizing it into 4 types in a landmark study.  He is also the creator of a public television series on parenting. 

Education and Training

Tulane University School of Medicine

Provider Details

MaleEnglish 60 years of experience
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Henri Parens's Expert Contributions
  • Can OCD be cured?

    Your brother should certainly be evaluated by a psychiatrist who can provide both psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication as may be needed by a given patient. OCD is highly variable in every patient who suffers from it. The question of cure of OCD is problematic. It is due to an inborn disposition in your brother which is likely to be activated by stressful events and/or life conditions. OCD can be moderated by reduction of life stresses and, generally, combinations of psychotherapy and medication can more or less reduce symptoms and are the best way to go. OCD does not tend to disappear on its own. Good luck. Henri Parens, MD READ MORE

  • Are there any exercises for the brain?

    In order to relieve some of the pressure you are putting on your brain is to consciously take breaks from straining. that is, the best exercise for a stressed brain is take breaks from the work and stress. Take ten minutes off every hour, like we did when I was in the Military. Go to the bathroom; take a 5 minutes stretch period by getting up and doing some physical exercise. During 10 or so hours, take at least 2 or even 3, 20-minute naps (no more than 20 minutes or you'll go into deeper sleep which will not be restful). Believe it or not, taking breaks will make you more productive and reduce the stress on your brain and the rest of you. Good luck. Henri Parens, MD READ MORE

  • Can I go to a psychiatrist instead of a psychologist?

    You certainly can. A psychiatrist will not recommend meds if the patient s symptoms do not require such. READ MORE

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Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Professor of Child Psychiatry and Human Behavior - Thomas Jefferson University -


  • Arnold Lucius Gesell Prize, 2008


  • Univ. of Cincinnati College of Medicine (General Psychiatry)


  • Lankenau Hospital


  • Univ. of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Child Psychiatry)

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association, International Psychoanalytic Association, Association for Child Analysis

Articles and Publications

  • Over 230 Publications, 20 Books, 11 of which he authored

What do you attribute your success to?

  • His Passion for Helping People, His Education and Experience

Hobbies / Sports

  • Classical Music, Football, Exercise

Favorite professional publications

  • International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Study

Henri Parens's Practice location

111 Presidential Blvd. -
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004
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