Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry focuses on three critical areas of child and adolescent mental health:

We seek to understand both the biological and psychological causes of the many behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence. We recognize the anguish of parents who know something is wrong with their child’s development but do not know why. In recent years, there have been important scientific advances in genetics, brain imaging, pharmacology, neuropsychological testing and psychotherapy. Using this knowledge, we hope to unlock the mystery of brain development and how it goes astray. We will use this knowledge to develop better treatments for our patients in the future.

Clinical Care
While we eagerly await new knowledge from our research, we will not lose focus on the child who needs treatment today.

Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), conduct problems, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, learning problems and autism are just some of the serious problems that prevent children from reaching their full potential. Through our own work and in conjunction with our many community partners, we strive to provide innovative medication and psychotherapeutic treatments to our patients.

Albert Einstein once said, "If, in the end, you cannot explain what you are doing to others, then your doing has not been worthwhile." Our faculty commit themselves to sharing their knowledge with each new generation of health professionals being educated in our community. We educate our trainees to provide the best care they can for their patients and seek nurture their talents as future educators and researchers.