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

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Recent Publications

Technology-assisted task-sharing to bridge the treatment gap for childhood developmental disorders in rural Pakistan: an implementation science case study.
(2022 Sep 15)
Implement Sci Commun 3(1): 99
Hamdani SU, Huma ZE, Wissow LS

Ineligibility for and Refusal to Participate in Randomized Controlled Trials That Have Studied Impact on Suicide-Related Outcomes in the United States: A Meta-Analysis.
(2022 Feb 15)
J Clin Psychiatry 83(2):
Susukida R, Amin-Esmaeili M, Ryan TC, Kharrazi H, Wilson RF, Musci RJ, Zhang A, Wissow L, Robinson KA, Wilcox HC

Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of task-shared care for people with severe mental disorders in Ethiopia (TaSCS): a single-blind, randomised, controlled, phase 3 non-inferiority trial.
(2022 Jan)
Lancet Psychiatry 9(1): 59-71
Hanlon C, Medhin G, Dewey ME, Prince M, Assefa E, Shibre T, Ejigu DA, Negussie H, Timothewos S, Schneider M, Thornicroft G, Wissow L, Susser E, Lund C, Fekadu A, Alem A

Addressing Psychosocial Topics in Group Well-Child Care: A Multi-Method Study With Immigrant Latino Families.
(2022 Jan-Feb)
Acad Pediatr 22(1): 80-89
Platt RE, Acosta J, Stellmann J, Sloand E, Caballero TM, Polk S, Wissow LS, Mendelson T, Kennedy CE

Multistage Adolescent Depression Screening: A Comparison of 11-Year-Olds to 12-Year-Olds.
(2021 May)
Perm J 25():
Cortez AB, Wilkins J, Handler E, Lerner MA, Burchette R, Wissow LS

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