Mamatha Challa, MD

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Mamatha Challa, MD, is the Assistant Medical Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health and a psychiatrist with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL


General Psychiatry - Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA


Child Psychiatry - Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

Titles and Academic Titles


Assistant Medical Director, Inpatient Behavioral Health

Departments and Services




Challa, M., Hajirnis, A, Khan, C, Cagande, C. (In Press, 2022). Addressing Implicit Bias in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. JAACAP Connect.


Almeida, M., Challa, M., Ribeiro, M., Harrison, A. The Mental Health Impact of School Closures During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2021, Nov.

Call, D.C., Challa, M., Telingator, C.J. Providing Affirmative Care to Transgender & Gender Diverse Youth: Disparities, Interventions, and Outcomes. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2021, April; 23(33).


Challa, M. Understanding The Adolescent Brain. Anubhava Educational Newsletter. 2020, Dec.


Challa, M. Book Forum: Transgender Mental Health. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2019, Jun; 58(6): 642-643.


Werner K.B., McCutcheon V.V., Challa M., Agrawal A., Lynskey M.T., Conroy E., Statham D.J., Madden P., Henders A.K., Todorov A.A., Heath A.C., Degenhardt L., Martin N.G., Bucholz K.K., & Nelson E.C. The association between childhood maltreatment, psychopathology, and adult sexual victimization in men and women: results from three independent samples. Psychological Medicine. 2016, Feb; 46(3): 563-567.




Duan, C., Monserrate, G.R., Shen, E., Chelminski, R., Mujalli, D., Challa, M. (In Press, 2022). Clinical Applications of “Steven Universe” in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In R. Friedberg & E. Rozmid (Ed.), Creative CBT with Youth: Clinical Applications Using Humor, Play, Superheroes, and Improvisation. New York City: Springer Publishing.


Challa, M., Scott, C., & Turban, J. (2020). Epidemiology. In J. Turban, G. Van Schalkwyk, & M. Forcier (Ed.), Pediatric Gender Identity: Gender-affirming Care for Transgender & Gender Diverse Youth. New York City: Springer Publishing.

Posters and Presentations


Harrison, A., Zeshan, M., Lisotto, M.J., Almeida, M., Challa, M., Quiros, D. “Telenovela”: Filling a Knowledge Gap in Perinatal Mental Health. AACAP 68th Annual Meeting, October 2021, Online.

Telingator, C.J., Daniolos, P., Challa, M. Introduction and Overview of Gender and Sexuality. Cambridge Health Alliance Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Gender and Sexuality Course, July 2021, Cambridge, MA.

Challa, M., Curtis, A., Duan, C., Mujalli, D., Myint, M.T., Peeples, D. Getting Animated in Queer New World: Steven Universe as a Socially Conscious Cartoon for Exploring and Understanding Sexuality and Gender Diversity. American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, May 2021, Online.

Awards and Honors

2019, AACAP Educational Outreach Program Award
2016, UIC College of Medicine Research Forum – 2nd Place Student Poster
2016, Gold Humanism Honors Society, University of Illinois College of Medicine
2016, Abbas Hyderi Leadership Award, University of Illinois College of Medicine
2014, Klingenstein-Hirsch Medical Student Psychiatry Fellowship
2013, Ethan A.H. Shepley Award, Washington University