The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is based at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is a state of the art tertiary care hospital that opened in 2012 with more than 1,100 pediatric specialists in more than 70 specialties. The hospital has also served as the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine for more than 60 years. Our faculty in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry are an integral part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University. Students in our department have a unique opportunity to learn from our wide depth and breadth of faculty, some of whom are national experts in the field.
In the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, we have formal training programs in the following areas: fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry (through Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago), internships for pre and post-doctoral students in psychology and internships for social work and recreational therapy. Medical students from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine rotate on our inpatient unit and consultation-liaison service and we offer fourth year medical students electives in the partial hospitalization program. General Psychiatry Residents from McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University/Northwestern Memorial Hospital also rotate on our consultation-liaison service for their child psychiatry experience.
The child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) program's bio-psycho-social model provides a flexible curriculum in diverse clinical settings. Faculty and staff in psychiatry, neurology, psychology, nursing, social work, special education, recreation therapy, and speech and language pathology contribute to a multidisciplinary learning experience in both didactic and clinical settings.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is dedicated to research and the further development of our field. Our multidisciplinary team of physician-scientists conducts various research projects to help promote patient care and better educate families. We hope our research efforts will improve treatment for children who require psychiatric and psychological services. Opportunities are available to students and residents for supervised research.
The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Through the hospital, Feinberg Psychology faculty members treat a full range of diagnostic categories, including attachment disorders, behavior disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and organic brain dysfunction. The department has interdisciplinary care programs in Gender Development, Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Early Childhood Mental Health. Children and adolescent are treated in our outpatient, inpatient and partial hospitalization settings. In 2011, there were over 22,000 outpatient visits to the department.
John Walkup, MD
Division Chair, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry