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Divisions of the Department

The fundamental work of the Department occurs in our Divisions, Major Laboratories, and the Chair’s Special Initiatives. The Department has five divisions, described below, that have full academic portfolios with scientific, clinical, educational, community, and leadership commitments.  

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is an integral part of one of the preeminent child and adolescent mental health treatment consortiums in the country, which includes Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Stanford University School of Medicine.

The mission of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development is advancing science through exploration of psychopathology in children and adolescents; psychotherapy process and outcomes; early childhood stress/trauma; and psychological adjustment. The Division’s goal is to increase understanding of the pathophysiology of youth mental health concerns including mood, eating, childhood medical, anxiety, and autism related disorders using innovative translational approaches ranging from stem cell research to imaging and clinical trials. Services are provided through several outpatient specialty clinics, inpatient, and community-based programs.

The clinical mission is founded on a commitment to family-focused evaluation and treatment using the best available evidence-based methods as well as time-limited psychotherapeutic interventions. The Division’s treatment philosophy embodies an emphasis on improving parent empowerment and providing parent training, when indicated, to make meaningful improvements in family quality of life and optimize outcome. The assessment services also use gold standard diagnostic measures to provide parents with detailed individualized recommendations for improving day-to day and long-term functioning. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty provide comprehensive clinical services using evidencebased intervention to achieve excellence in patient care, while implementing innovative approaches and time-limited strategies to optimize functioning and long-term outcome. These services are provided through several outpatient specialty clinics, inpatient programs, and community-based programs. The outpatient clinics provide psychiatric care to children and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses from 2 to 18 years of age.

Clinic staff, consisting of child psychiatrists and psychologists, child psychiatry and postdoctoral psychology fellows, and general psychiatry residents, provide initial evaluations, second opinions, and ongoing treatment, in the areas of Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety, Early Psychosis, Eating Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Mood Disorders, Psychological Assessment, Autism and Developmental Disorders, and School-Based Mental Health.

In addition to the clinical activities, faculty in the child division are involved in a wide range of research activities including stem cell investigations, cutting edge biological and neuroimaging studies, longitudinal observational programs, and innovative clinical trials. The focus of the rich intervention research is to develop evidence-based time limited psychotherapeutic treatments that aim at improving the functioning of youth with psychiatric disorders in a short period of time. These activities are generating promising findings that are helping to advance the science of youth mental health leading to improved prognosis and long-term outcome of children and adolescents suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.