The section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry faculty tend to cluster into several specific areas of academic interest and expertise for purposes of providing clinical services, conducting research and providing basic and advanced training. Particular areas of strength include infant mental health, public health and preventive psychiatry, psychotherapy outcome research, forensic child and adolescent psychiatry, and pediatric consultation/liaison psychiatry. The list is not exhaustive of faculty interests or expertise, but rather illustrative of areas of excellence in the program.
Obviously, this clustering includes expertise in the various disorders of child and adolescent psychiatry, including pervasive developmental disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychosomatic disorders, as well as high-risk areas such as the effects of child maltreatment, divorce, and poverty. An increasing emphasis for the faculty as a group is on understanding the neurobiological substrate of behaviors and the integration of this understanding with an appreciation of the power of environmental influences on behavior. In addition, the faculty offers expertise in a variety of treatment modalities, including psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, behavior modification, psychodynamic psychotherapy, dyadic psychotherapy for young children, and couples and family psychotherapy.
Research support is under active development for most of the areas of faculty expertise. Current support comes from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Institute for Mental Hygiene, the Office of Public Health and the Office of Community Services.
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