Larry Wissow, MD, MPH

Personal Statement

​I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist also trained in pediatrics. The longstanding theme of my research has been on the detection of psychosocial problems in children and families, with a particular interest in what happens at the interface between primary care and mental health care. My initial clinical work as a pediatrician involved families in which child abuse was suspected, and thus my early research on detection of psychosocial problems involved how clinicians might best learn that a given family was experiencing some form of violence.

When I returned to training and became a child psychiatrist, my focus shifted to the more general issue of how, in the course of clinician-child-parent interactions, psychosocial issues were asked about, disclosed, and discussed. I have explored this question from a number of angles, including work in different cultures in the US (African-American, Latin American, American Indian), in different countries (Brazil, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Iran), in differences attributable to provider gender, across a range of sensitive issues (including suicide and end-of-life decision-making), and across clinical settings (pediatric and adult primary care, emergency care, and chronic disease management). 


Clinical Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1982-1984
Child Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1994-1995
Adult Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1992-1994
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1979-1982
MD, Duke University, 1975-1979
MPH, Johns Hopkins University, 1982-1984

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

Primary Care Practitioner Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (PTCAP): A Cluster-Randomized Trial.
(2020 May)
Can J Psychiatry 65(5): 319-329
Espinet SD, Gotovac S, Knight S, Wissow L, Zwarenstein M, Lingard L, Steele M

Pediatric Primary Care Providers' Use of Behavioral Health Consultation.
(2017 Jun 1)
Psychiatr Serv 68(6): 531-534
Arora PG, Connors EH, Coble K, Blizzard A, Wissow L, Pruitt D

Trauma-Informed Medical Care: Patient Response to a Primary Care Provider Communication Training.
J Loss Trauma 21(2): 147-159
Green BL, Saunders PA, Power E, Dass-Brailsford P, Schelbert KB, Giller E, Wissow L, Hurtado de Mendoza A, Mete M

An Open Trial of the Anxiety Action Plan (AxAP): A Brief Pediatrician-Delivered Intervention for Anxious Youth.
(2016 Feb)
Child Youth Care Forum 45(1): 19-32
Ginsburg GS, Drake K, Winegrad H, Fothergill K, Wissow L

Trauma-informed medical care: CME communication training for primary care providers.
(2015 Jan)
Fam Med 47(1): 7-14
Green BL, Saunders PA, Power E, Dass-Brailsford P, Schelbert KB, Giller E, Wissow L, Hurtado-de-Mendoza A, Mete M

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