Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Focus

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UT Southwestern provides a comprehensive clinical program with a full continuum of clinical care including inpatient, day treatment, outpatient, consultation-liaison, and emergency psychiatric services. Additionally, the Pediatric Psychiatry Research Program seeks to further the understanding and treatment of mental illness in children and adolescents. Our specialty areas include autism, eating disorders, depression, and suicide.

Leadership

Division Chief Graham Emslie, M.D. focuses on the treatment of mood disorders. He has developed an internationally recognized Depression Research Program involved in pivotal studies of youth with depression and suicide attempts.

Involvement in Education & Training

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides education and training for psychiatry residents, child psychiatry fellows, and medical students, as well as for clinical psychology doctoral students, undergraduate and graduate nursing students, master’s level Special Education teachers, psychology, social work and clinical nutrition interns.

Specialized training opportunities for residents include the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and a community-based training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Research

Depression is our most prolific area of research. Current studies include research in the areas of pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, exercise, and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation as treatments for these disorders. We also perform translational research, including genetics, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and fMRI studies that examine the underlying mechanisms of these disorders.

Patient Care

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides multidisciplinary assessment and individualized care for children and adolescents with specific psychiatric disorders at Children’s Medical Center. Children’s is the only facility in Dallas/Fort Worth that treats medically compromised children and adolescents who also have psychiatric disorders.

Services include:

  • Inpatient hospitalization
  • A partial hospitalization program
  • An intensive outpatient setting for eating disorders
  • A day treatment program for other behavioral health problems
  • Outpatient services for children from birth through age 18
  • Consult service for psychological and psychiatric assessment and treatments patients on medical floors or in the Emergency Department at Children’s.