Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians, researchers and staff dedicated to providing excellent, accessible mental health care. We address this goal with a strong social justice and equity lens, and seek to be known as a stimulating, innovative, open, and supportive community. The Division offers strong clinical, training, and research programs ranging from population-based prevention and early intervention to highly specialized treatment focusing on the needs of youth with significant chronic mental health and developmental challenges.

Main Challenge

We live during a time of unprecedented domestic and international challenges to child and family well-being. The impact of economic downturns, armed conflict, growing income inequality, and the persistence of racial and ethnic discrimination have been associated with rising rates of self-injury among youth and rising demand for mental health services. Simultaneously, we’ve encountered limits to the effectiveness of even our most well-supported psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic treatments, and a mental health workforce far too small to meet population needs.

Our Approach

Above all, our approach is founded in respectful teamwork – both within our Division and with community agencies and providers — prioritizing strong relationships with patients and their families. 

  • We provide a continuum of care across a large geographic area using a combination of our services, partnerships and technologies to expand our reach. 
  • We infuse research and scholarship in all that we do. By continually examining our care to make it increasingly effective, efficient, and accessible, and by leveraging basic science, clinical, and policy research, we are developing new and more effective ways to prevent and treat mental health problems.
  • We believe “child” mental health should be multi-generational, integrated with interventions addressing the social determinants of well-being, involving transdiagnostic treatments, and delivered by a more diverse workforce in a wider variety of settings.