Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science


The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents with psychiatric conditions and behavioral or emotional difficulties.

Our services

We provide diagnostic assessment and individual, group and family counseling through our specialized programs and services, including our:

Specialty services

In addition to our psychiatric services to all children, we provide specialty services for children who have medical illnesses complicated by emotional or behavioral disorders.

Our consultation-liaison service provides psychiatric, psychological and psychosocial support for our inpatient and outpatient medical services, the Children's Seashore House and the Emergency Department. These services include diagnostic evaluations, consultations on the psychopharmacologic and behavioral management of medically ill children.

Training programs and research

Our Education/Fellowship program offers specialized training for house staff and fellows at Children's Hospital, for psychology and social work students, and for the University of Pennsylvania medical students.

We are actively engaged in clinical research. Current treatment modalities include individual and family therapies, behavioral and academic interventions, and pharmacotherapy.

Education/fellowship program

Formerly the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry blends modern psychiatry with the richness of one of the first child and family community mental health centers in the nation. We offer a two-year, ACGME-approved Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

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