Child Psychiatry Emergency Consult Service

The Child Psychiatry Emergency Consult Service at Massachusetts General Hospital addresses acute psychiatric crises for children and adolescents.
Meet our staff

Contact the Boston Emergency Services Team 800-981-4357

Overview

The Child Psychiatry Emergency Consult Service at Massachusetts General Hospital provides care for children and adolescents up to age 19 who present to the Mass General’s Emergency Department with acute psychiatric crises. The service includes faculty and residents who provide consultations to emergency department clinicians and direct clinical care for pediatric patients facing acute psychiatric problems.

The service provides a broad range of services to meet the needs of each individual patient including:

  • Diagnostic assessment and rapid stabilization
  • Initial treatment
  • Referral to appropriate levels of care for ongoing services including inpatient units, partial hospitals and outpatient resources

Program Highlights

The work of the Child Psychiatry Emergency Consult Service is driven primarily by clinical care, teaching and training. Our work includes:

  • Round-the-clock consultation to Emergency Department clinicians in multiple disciplines working with pediatric patients
  • Direct clinical care for children and adolescents
  • Education and training for residents and faculty in child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, pediatrics and pediatric neurology
  • Clinical research, quality assessment/quality improvement (QA/QI) projects and position papers in collaboration with emergency psychiatry and medicine providers

Learn More About the Child Psychiatry Emergency Consult Service

Our Staff

Program Leadership

Laura M. Prager, MD, director

John Tyson, MD, associate director

Attending Physicians

The physicians listed below provide coverage for the Child Psychiatry Emergency Consult Service.

  • Abrams, Annah Naomi, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Psychiatric Care of the Medically Ill Child (especially pediatric Hem/Onc)
    • Psychiatry
    • Brain tumors
    • Cancer
    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
  • Ceranoglu, Tolga Atilla, MD

    617-726-7899

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Autism spectrum disorders
    • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Traumatic injuries
    • ADHD
    • Medical psychiatry
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Bressler Clinical and Research Program
  • 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
  • Georgiopoulos, Anna Maria, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Psychiatry
    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
  • Greenberg, Erica L., MD

    617-643-2780

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders
    • Tic disorders
    • Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Trichotillomania
    • Children, adolescents, young adults
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 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
  • Kaneko, Yoshio A., MD

    617-726-2725

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • College age students
    • Schizophrenia
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child Outpatient Psychiatry Dept.
  • Nevarez, Michael D., MD

    617-643-7493

    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
  • 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

    Board Certifications
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Rubin, David H., 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Uchida, Mai, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • pediatric psychopharmacology
    • Adult ADHD
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Bressler Clinical and Research Program
  • Vaudreuil, Carrie A., MD

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • ADHD
    • Mood disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Depression
    • Autism spectrum disorders
    • Child and adolescent psychiatry
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: MGH MCPAP
    • Boston: Bressler Clinical and Research Program
    • Boston: Child Outpatient Psychiatry Dept.
    • Boston: North End Waterfront Health
  • 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
  • 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
  • Yule, Amy Marie, MD

    617-643-4699

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Addiction psychiatry
    • Child and adolescent psychiatry
    • Substance use disorders
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Addiction Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Center for Addiction Medicine
  • Zayas, Lazaro V., MD

    617-726-8470

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Eating Disorder Clinic

Accessing Our Services

Treatment at the Child Psychiatry Emergency Consult Service

Please be aware that we are unable to provide treatment by phone or by appointment. All care takes place face-to-face in our dedicated area within the Emergency Department at Mass General.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of emergency patients at Mass General, we encourage you to access other resources if your child does not need emergency psychiatric care. You may also contact MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Outpatient Pediatric Psychiatric Services at617-724-5600. You can also access care through Boston Emergency Services Team.

Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST)

BEST sends mobile crisis clinicians to homes, schools, outpatient clinics and other community locations. BEST provides 24-hour response to adults and youth in need of crisis intervention for mental health and substance use concerns. The BEST team is made up of experienced, master’s-level clinicians, psychiatrists, family partners, certified peer specialists, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses and mental health workers.

How to Access BEST

Phone: 800-981-HELP (800-981-4357)

The BEST toll-free number can be used 24 hours a day to initiate services. Call center clinicians provide information and referral options or arrange an in-person evaluation. BEST was created to serve people with no insurance or with Mass Health, however, more commercial insurances are starting to support mobile/urgent care emergency services.

Please contact BEST to find out whether your insurance covers their services.

Our Research

Child psychiatry residents and faculty conduct clinical research and quality assessment and quality improvement (QA/QI) projects within the Emergency Department setting. We collaborate with emergency psychiatry and medicine providers at Massachusetts General Hospital and other institutions.

Clinical Research Projects

A few of our recent clinical research projects include:

  • Screening general medical/surgical adolescents in the Emergency Department for occult suicidality
  • Using the Pediatric Symptom Checklist in the Emergency Department to identify a population of children and adolescents presenting for medical care with previously undiagnosed mental health problems
  • Building a risk prediction model for prolonged stay in the Emergency Department for psychiatric emergencies in children and adolescents

Quality Assessment and Quality Improvement Projects

Examples of recent QA/QI projects include:

  • Reducing the length of stay for children who present to the Emergency Department with psychiatric crises
  • Implementing a protocol for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders presenting to the Emergency Department


Professional Training

The Child Psychiatry Emergency Consult Service provides education and training for residents and faculty within the Department of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology in the management of children and adolescents who present with acute psychiatric crises. In addition, our faculty work with pediatric emergency medicine faculty to regularly review clinical guidelines and foster new clinical and research collaborations.

The service’s director, Laura M. Prager, MD, and associate director, John Tyson, MD, teach courses for psychiatry and pediatric residents in every stage of training. These include:

Meet our staff

Contact the Boston Emergency Services Team 800-981-4357

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