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Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) Psychiatry Service

The Stanford PANS Clinic, the first established multidisciplinary PANS clinic, aims to care for affected children in the context of working to characterize and understand mechanisms of illness development and develop effective treatments. The multidisciplinary clinic engages members of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry working in concert with (and literally in the examining room with) members of the Department of Pediatrics, Primary Care, the Divisions of Allergy/Immunology/Rheumatology, the Department of Social Work and Hospital Educational Advocacy Liaisons (HEAL). We consult with many services, several of which are otolaryngology, sleep medicine, infectious disease, dermatology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. The clinic accepts patients referred by pediatricians meeting specific criteria.

This Service Provides

  • Psychiatric diagnostic evaluations
  • Psychotherapies targeted at specific symptoms of OCD, food refusal, tics, anxiety, mood symptoms (Child Psychiatry and Social Work)
  • Psychopharmacologic interventions when indicated
  • Brief computer-based and extensive neuropsychiatric testing
  • Consultation with HEAL and schools
  • Group Psychotherapy for parents psycho-education and skills-building
  • When indicated, some patients participate in a cognitive behavior therapy group for OCD in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development

Director of Psychiatry Services

Margo Thienemann
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development

For more information, please visit the website for the
Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) Program