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Pediatric Psychiatry

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions and behavioral or emotional difficulties in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Contact us

For more information, contact the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at: 617-724-5600

Overview

Our first priority is to evaluate and treat primary care patients at Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, collaborating with your child’s treatment team on all major decisions affecting his/her mental and medical health.

If your child receives care outside of Mass General, we will try to direct you to other clinical resources for assessment and treatment. Depending on your child's situation, he or she also may benefit from taking part in one of our ongoing research studies. For more information, please call 617-726-2725.

Conditions We Treat

Our program focuses on children and adolescents, though we often care for these patients well into adulthood.

The most common conditions we treat include:

  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorders
  • Major depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use disorders
  • Tourette’s syndrome and motor tic disorders

See our clinical programs

Evaluating Your Child

Prior to your child's first appointment, we will mail you a questionnaire to gather information on medical and family history, the child's development and the problems that concern you. Completing this questionnaire and bringing it with you will make the visit more efficient.

At the initial visit, you and your child will meet with a child psychiatrist, child clinical psychologist, child psychiatrist resident or child clinical psychology intern. Depending on the type of evaluation, you instead might meet with a senior staff psychiatrist and third- or fourth-year adult psychiatry resident.

If your child is experiencing particularly complex problems, he/she might benefit from a larger team evaluation. In such cases, a senior staff psychiatrist or psychologist will perform the evaluation while being observed by a group of residents or interns.

Developing a Treatment Plan

Typically a diagnosis is made after the first or second visit. However, sometimes it is necessary to have psychological testing completed for confirmation. As a next step, we will discuss with you our recommendations for your child's treatment.

Short-term therapy services are provided for certain diagnoses with follow-up as indicated. Some diagnoses require long-term care and whenever feasible, once your child has been stabilized, we work with providers in the community to assume responsibility for ongoing treatment. In this situation we are available to re-evaluate your child and resume responsibility for his/her care if necessary.

Emphasis on Training Enhances Patient Care

The Department of Psychiatry has extremely competitive and robust training programs. Most of our clinicians are actively involved in teaching and supervision, often presenting cases to residents and interns for discussion. The interaction between clinicians and trainees means that an enormous amount of thought goes into patient care—especially for those patients with unusually challenging conditions.

Doctors

  • Abrams, Annah Naomi, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Psychiatric Care of the Medically Ill Child (especially pediatric Hem/Onc)
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Boston: Psychiatry Associates-Inpatient Consult
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Bender, Suzanne Louise, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry Associates-Inpatient Consult
  • Biederman, Joseph, MD

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    • Juvenile mood and anxiety disorders
    • Autism spectrum disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
  • Braaten, Ellen B., PhD

    617-724-9813

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: LEAP Program
  • Choice, Tanishia D., MD

    617-643-9898

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child and Adolescent Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program
    • Boston: Mass. Child Psychiatry Access Project
    • Boston: Child Outpatient Psychiatry Dept.
  • Donovan, Abigail Louise, MD

    617-724-5600

    Not Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Acute Psychiatry Service
  • Durant, Stephen Austin, EDD

    617-726-2725

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Sport Psychology. Performance Enhancement. Injury Recovery
    • Psychotherapy for Adolescents and Adults. Trauma Recovery
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Eckshtain, Dikla, PhD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Mood and anxiety disorders
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Parent Training
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Boston: Richard B. Simches Research Center
  • Fishel, Anne Katherine, PhD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Couples therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Individual psychotherapy
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Friedman, Deborah R., PhD

    617-724-6300

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry Department
    • Boston: Child and Adolescent Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program
  • Geller, Daniel Albert, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Tic disorders
    • Psychopharmacology
    • PANDAS
    • Genetics
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Boston: Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Unit
  • Georgiopoulos, Anna Maria, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychosomatic Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry Department
  • Hazen, Eric Phillips, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Child and adolescent psychiatry
    • Child psychiatric consultation / liaison to pediatrics
    • Psychological impact of medical illness on children
    • Children with special health care needs
    • Psychotherapy
    • Psychopharmacology (pediatric)
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry Department
  • Joshi, Gagan, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry Department
    • Boston: Bressler Clinical and Research Program
  • Moore, Cynthia Wilson, PhD

    617-726-3217

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Families coping with medical illness/cancer
    • Complicated or prolonged grief
    • Anxiety
    • Parenting
    • Grief and bereavement
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry Department
  • Murphy, Michael Desmond, MD

    781-485-6100

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, Am Osteo Board of Neurology and Psychiatry
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Revere: Revere HealthCare Center
  • O'Donnell, Ellen H., PhD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Pinsky, Elizabeth G., MD

    617-724-6300

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Boston: Pediatric Group Practice
  • Prager, Laura Marie, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Prince, Jefferson Bruce, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Rauch, Paula Karen, MD

    617-724-3923

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Parent guidance for adults with cancer
    • Psychological impact of medical illness on children
    • Teaching development to medical professionals
    • Psychological impact of cystic fibrosis
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Marjorie E Korff PACT Program
    • Boston: Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base
  • Rotter, Nancy S., PhD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Russell, Kristin S., MD

    617-724-5600

    Not Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Schlozman, Steven C., MD

    617-726-2724

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Psychosocial disorders accompanying chronic liver disease
    • Psychosocial disorders accompanying iver transplantation
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Selter, Lawrence Franklin, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Shea, Sarah E., PhD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Boston: Eating Disorder Clinic
  • Spencer, Thomas J., MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Psychopharmacology (pediatric)
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Trainor, Kathleen Brigid, PsyD

    617-724-6300

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Pediatric Trichotillomania
    • Selective Mutism
    • Pediatric Anxiety Disorders
    • Tourette syndrome
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry Department
  • Tyson, John W., MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • First Episode and Early Psychosis
    • Emergency psychiatry
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Boston: Acute Psychiatry Service
  • Wang, Betty Chungmei, MD

    617-724-7792

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry-Outpatient Services
  • Wilens, Timothy Edwin, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Psychopharmacology (pediatric)
    • Psychopharmacology (Adult)
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    • Substance use disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Addiction Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Williams, Kyle A., MD, PhD

    617-643-3647

    Not Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • PANDAS
    • Pediatric-onset movement disorders (including Tourette's)
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Wozniak, Janet R., MD

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations

Clinical Programs

Learn more about our pediatric programs:

Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS)
Specialized support for teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 and 26 and their parents as they deal with their substance use and related problems.

The Alan and Lorraine Bressler Clinical & Research Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Program dedicated to improving the clinical care of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, to advance the education of patients, families and service providers about these conditions and to expand the scientific understanding of these disorders.

Child and Adolescent Medical-Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic
Outpatient psychiatric consultation for children with co-morbid medical and known or suspected psychiatric symptoms.

Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Advanced clinical care for pediatric patients in the context of cognitive behavioral therapy.

Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
An educational resource for parents and other caregivers on the mental health needs of children and young adults who struggle with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges.

Eating Disorders Clinical & Research Program
Outpatient evaluation and treatment for patients seven and up with feeding and eating disorders.

First Episode and Early Psychosis Program
Evaluation and treatment for people in the critical early stages of schizophrenia or related psychotic illnesses.

Juvenile Court Consultation Program (JCCP)
Court-ordered clinical assessments and consultation services to the Juvenile Courts of Suffolk and Norfolk counties.

Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)
Assessments for young people ages 2 to 22 who have developmental difficulties and consultations with their parents, teachers and care providers.

Parenting at a Challenging Time (PACT)
Guidance for parents with cancer who receive treatment at the Mass General Cancer Center who are concerned about the impact their cancer diagnosis and treatment may have on their children.

Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Service
Psychiatric care for children admitted to the MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Pediatric Psychopharmacology Program
Medication management of psychiatric disorders afflicting the young, with a special focus on pediatric mood, anxiety and bipolar disorders, autism spectrum disorders and child and adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)
A brief screening questionnaire used by pediatricians and other health professionals to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.

Performance And Character Excellence in Sports (PACES) Institute
Promotion of healthy psychological functioning, character and optimal athletic performance for athletes of all ages.

Psychology Assessment Center (PAC)
Neuropsychological and psychological assessment for individuals across the life span, from infancy through geriatrics.

Resilience Enhancement and Prevention Program
Program to help young people develop better coping skills for managing stress with a focus on teaching techniques that increase well-being and the capacity to manage emotional reactions.

School Psychiatry
This site was created for and by parents, educators and clinicians working together to support children and teens with mental health conditions.

Think: Kids
Think:Kids is a program that trains adults in a revolutionary new way of helping kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

Patient Resources

Anxiety and School

Talking to Your Teen

Other Resources

Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds aims to be an educational resource for parents and other caregivers on the mental health needs of children and young adults who struggle with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges.

The Fatherhood Project
The Fatherhood Project works to improve the health and well-being of children by empowering fathers to be active, informed and emotionally engaged with their children and families.

Psychiatry Patient & Family Resource Center
A resource for patients and families providing free educational programs and information about mental health issues from Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry.

News

  • Wilens Honored with Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine - 4/12/2016, Mass General

    Timothy E. Wilens, MD, chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), was honored as the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine.

  • Estrogen Replacement in Anorexia Nervosa - 1/1/2016, Mass General

    New research from MassGeneral Hospital for Children shows the benefits of estrogen replacement therapy for improving physiological and psychological outcomes in young females with anorexia nervosa.

  • Knowledge is power - 10/4/2013, Mass General

    After years of planning and thanks to the help of generous donors, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: Developing Resilience through Engagement, Awareness and Media (DREAM) is a reality.

  • The truth about Molly - 9/6/2013, Mass General

    Dr. Timothy Wilens, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine and Substance Abuse Services in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at MassGeneral for Children, discusses Molly, the new club drug that’s been associated with overdoses in New England.

  • Helping Your Teen Through a Break Up - 9/4/2013, Mass General

    Ellen B. Braaten, PhD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offers tips on how parents can help their teens through a break up.

  • Sibling Rivalry Versus Sibling Bullying - 7/24/2013, Mass General

    A recent study published in Pediatrics found that kids and teens exposed to an aggressive rivalry with their siblings tend to report more depression, anxiety, and anger than other kids. MassGeneral for Children Psychologist Ellen Braaten, PhD, Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, explains the findings and shares tips to recognize and deal with the situation.

  • Tips For Parents At Home In Lockdown With Kids - 4/19/2013, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, offers advice for parents at home with their kids in lockdown, as law enforcement continues its investigation.

  • National Quality Forum Endorses Pediatric Symptom Checklist - 4/12/2013, Mass General

    The National Quality Forum endorses the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Symptom Checklist, a screening questionnaire used by pediatricians to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.

  • Research Shows Violent Media Do Not Cause Violent Behavior - 12/26/2012, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, and Steve Schlozman, MD, examine research that shows no causal relationship between violent games and violent behavior. They also offer advice for parents on TV watching and video game playing.

  • How Can Parents Help Children After a National Tragedy? - 12/14/2012, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers after a national tragedy.

  • Taking a Deep Breath: Avoiding Holiday Stress - 11/29/2012, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, and Steve Schlozman, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on managing holiday stress.

  • MGHfC launches new clinics and program - 11/9/2012, Mass General

    MassGeneral Hospital for Children(MGHFC) recently rolled out two new clinics – the Angelman Syndrome Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic – and a new weight and asthma program, Inspired Health.

  • Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents - 8/24/2012, Mass General

    Steve Schlozman, MD, and Gene Beresin, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on helping their teens and young children transition back to school.

  • Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents - 8/24/2012, Mass General

    Steve Schlozman, MD, and Gene Beresin, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on helping their teens and young children transition back to school.

  • Talking to Kids about the Movie Theater Shooting in Colorado - 7/24/2012, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media and medical director of the MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers about the recent shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, CO.

Professional Training

Mass General offers a number of pediatric training programs for clinicians at every level:

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency
This two-year program of specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry is offered in collaboration with McLean Hospital.

Clinical Psychology Internship - Child Track
A predoctoral internship for matriculated doctoral students enrolled in clinical or counseling psychology programs. Interns in the child elective spend approximately 50% of their direct clinic services time in the Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic.

Mass General Psychiatry Academy
Utilizing the faculty and resources of Mass General's Department of Psychiatry, the Psychiatry Academy works with clinicians, departments, governments and others to improve the mental health of patients worldwide through innovative teaching methods, technology, educational research and institution level consultation.

Contact

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MGHfC Psychiatry

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care

32 Fruit StreetSuite 6A Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-724-5600
  • Fax: 617-726-5567

Intake: 617-726-2725

Contact us

For more information, contact the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at: 617-724-5600

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