Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Our Programs and Services

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science offers diagnostic assessment and individual, group and family counseling through a variety of specialized programs:

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic

The Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic strives to deliver compassionate, evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate evaluation and treatment. Our multidisciplinary staff works closely with patients and families in our General Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, and the Neuropsychiatry Program.

General Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic

The General Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of emotional and behavioral disorders. Most patients are seen through this program upon first referral to the department. Clinicians work with families to provide a comprehensive evaluation and a treatment plan that may include individual and family psychotherapy, medication management, or a combination of both. The Outpatient Clinic does not provide emergency evaluations. Therefore, if your child is in an immediate risk of hurting him/herself or others, please seek care at your nearest crisis center or emergency room or call 911.

Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program

The Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program evaluates children with depression, bipolar and mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Our nationally recognized experts use the latest research to evaluate and treat children who have not responded to previous treatment.

Neuropsychiatry

The Neuropsychiatry program specializes in treating Tourette's Disorder, Tic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, Psychosis (Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders) and Social Anxiety Disorder. Psychiatrists and psychologists in our Neuropsychiatry program work with complex neurodevelopmental disorders that have behavioral symptoms.

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Anxiety Behaviors Clinic (ABC)

The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic (ABC) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is dedicated to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders using the latest treatment methods. 

The ABC treats children from ages 4 to 18 years. During your child’s visit, our experts will perform a comprehensive evaluation and provide you with feedback regarding your child’s diagnosis and, if appropriate, recommendations for interventions and treatment. Evaluation and treatment services include:

About anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders of childhood and adolescence. Common anxiety disorders of childhood and adolescence include separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism (the failure to speak in specific social situations in a child or adolescent who can and does speak in other situations.), phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Research indicates that excessive anxiety, if left untreated, results in as much impairment as any other psychological disorder. Excessive anxiety can affect academic achievement, initiation and maintenance of friendships, and development of self-esteem, as well as increase family stress.

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Resources for families

Find helpful resources including information sheets, articles written by ABC staff and links to external resources.

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Behavioral Health Integrated Program

The Behavioral Health Integrated Program (BHIP), a consultation liaison service, provides comprehensive assessments to children who are hospitalized for medical illnesses. Staff is available for inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, psychological and psychosocial consultation, evaluation, and treatment. Referrals to this service come from the patient’s attending physician.

Center for Management of ADHD

The Center for Management of ADHD provides diagnostic evaluations, psychiatric consultation, medication treatment, family behavior therapy and school consultation. The Center supports numerous research initiatives which include:

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Neuropsychology and Assessment Service

The Neuropsychology and Assessment Service treats:

Psychologists and neuropsychologists test memory, attention, language and information processing to assess brain functioning and the need for intervention. The team produces extensive reports based on their evaluations and help make treatment and service recommendations.

Pediatric Psychology

Pediatric psychologists specialize in providing assessment, intervention and consultation services to patients who need help adjusting, adhering to treatment, and / or require support related to the trauma of their illness or procedure. Many medical programs within CHOP include pediatric psychologists as part of their medical treatment teams.

Children’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program

The Children’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program (CIEBP) provides partial hospital services in a behaviorally based therapeutic setting for children between the ages of 5 and 12 who are experiencing significant behavioral, emotional and social needs. The program serves children throughout the South Jersey region, and children attend the program for six hours per day, five days a week.

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