Pediatic Symptom Checklist

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

The Authors

JellinekMichael Jellinek, M.D. finished his pediatric residency at Montefiore Hospital and has been at MGH since he began his residency in Psychiatry in 1976. He is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Chair of Bright Futures: Mental Health.

Dr. Jellinek is a clinician specializing in both child and adult psychiatry and is also a hospital administrator. His titles include: Director, Clinical Affairs of Partners Health Care, Chief, Child Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, and President of Newton Wellesley Hospital. His academic title is Professor of Psychiatry and of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. He has lectured and published articles on topics including parenting advice, child and adolescents with medical illness, divorce, and the effects of managed care on mental health services to children and adolescents.

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Free downloads of the various PSC forms and translated versions

Dr. Jellinek started working on the PSC during his residency in Pediatrics, motivated by the observation that many of the psychosocial needs of pediatric inpatients were not well recognized or evaluated. He developed the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) as a screening tool to help pediatricians in busy office practice improve recognition of children with psychosocial dysfunction who could benefit from further evaluation. This original work has been greatly enhanced and validated by Dr. Murphy’s studies and by the work of many other colleagues dedicated to the well-being of children.

Email: Mjellinek@partners.org
Mail: Michael Jellinek, M.D.
    Child Psychiatry Service, YAW 6A
     Massachusetts General Hospital
     Boston, MA 02114

 

MurphyJ. Michael Murphy, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist in the Child Psychiatry Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

In addition to his research on psychosocial screening with the PSC, Dr. Murphy is the Principal Investigator of studies of school breakfast and child hunger, child abuse, ecology education, and several early intervention projects in health and mental health agencies. Dr. Murphy is the author of more than four dozen papers published in medical and psychological journals.

At the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Murphy teaches research methodology to psychiatric residents and supervises clinical psychology interns. He also sees children and adults for therapy.

Dr. Murphy received his doctorate from Harvard in 1982 and did his internship in the Child Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he has worked ever since as a staff psychologist. He also spent nearly a decade working as a clinical psychologist in community mental health centers.

Email: mmurphy6@partners.org
Phone: (617) 724-3163
Fax: (617) 726-5567
Mail: J. Michael Murphy, Ed.D
     Child Psychiatry Service, YAW 6A
     Massachusetts General Hospital
     Boston, MA 02114