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Michael T. Sorter, MD

  • Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I work with individuals and families to understand the challenges they face and determine their best course for recovery.
Michael T. Sorter, MD



When I was a medical student, I saw how good mental health care could establish a positive new path for a child who suffers and is disabled due to mental illness. Good care allows an individual and family to reclaim a positive life that can be fulfilling and happy.

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I treat children who have severe mental health disorders. I also specialize in school-based mental health and mental health care systems. My work mainly focuses on the development of a comprehensive system of behavioral healthcare to address the illness and suffering of young people and families struggling with mental illness.

In my practice, I work with individuals and families to understand the challenges they face and determine their best course for recovery. I believe that we have to meet patients and families where they are and engage them in the healing process. Mental health care is a long-term commitment that helps a young person and family overcome obstacles to grow and develop.

I have been recognized as an outstanding mentor by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and as an exceptional psychiatrist by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). These acknowledgments are meaningful as they recognize my commitment to teaching and fostering the next generation of caregivers and my excellent care for families.

In my research, my role has been to facilitate studies in child and adolescent mental health that include areas of aggression, mood disorders and suicide.

When I’m not at work, spending time in the outdoors is my favorite pastime. Backpacking through a mountain pass, canoeing a northern lake or diving in the ocean is an ideal vacation.

BS: Zoology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1981.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1985.

Residency: Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.

Fellowship: Child Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1990.

Certification: General Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1992; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1993.


Training; pediatric psychopharmacology; residential and inpatient treatment of adolescents; intellectual disabilities; developmental disorders

Services and Specialties

22Q-VCFS, Psychiatry

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Appraising risk factors of aggression in children and adolescents at psychiatric inpatient units. John, JR; Thavalingam, V; Tye, M; Dean, K; Barzman, D; Sorter, M; Lin, PI. Psychiatry Research. 2023; 327:115368.

Metformin for Overweight and Obese Children With Bipolar Spectrum Disorders Treated With Second-Generation Antipsychotics (MOBILITY): Protocol and Methodological Considerations for a Large Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trial. Welge, JA; Correll, CU; Sorter, MT; Fornari, VM; Blom, TJ; Carle, AC; Huang, B; Klein, CC; DelBello, MP. 2023; 1:60-73.

A Bipolar Learning Health Network: An innovation whose time has come. Nierenberg, AA; Margolis, P; Strakowski, S; Trivedi, M; Yatham, LN; Blumberg, HP; DelBello, M; Duckworth, K; Gorrindo, T; Iosifescu, D; et al. Bipolar Disorders: an international journal of psychiatry and neurosciences. 2023; 25:177-180.

Narrative Review: Impairing Emotional Outbursts: What They Are and What We Should Do About Them. Carlson, GA; Singh, MK; Amaya-Jackson, L; Benton, TD; Althoff, RR; Bellonci, C; Bostic, JQ; Chua, JD; Findling, RL; Galanter, CA; et al. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2023; 62:135-150.

2.7 Automated Detection of School Violence Using Linguistic Features. Kanbar, L; Barzman, DH; Dexheimer, J; Osborn, A; Combs, JS; Diler, RS; Sorter, MT; Zhang, B; Hemphill, R; Decker, RM; et al. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2022; 61:s184-s185.

NONPHARMACOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT OF AGITATION IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT INPATIENT SETTING. Saito, E; Sorter, MT. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2022; 61:s115-s116.

2.103 A Multi-Site Study to Compare the Outcomes of Psychiatric Treatment of Suicidal Adolescents in Different Treatment Settings During the Pandemic. Barzman, DH; Carle, AC; Lin, PD; Sorter, MT; Porter, S; Combs, JS; Emslie, G; Kennard, BD; Bridge, J; Axelson, DA; et al. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2022; 61:s217.

A Large Naturalistic Study on the BRACHA: Confirmation of the Predictive Validity. Barzman, D; Hemphill, R; Appel, K; Kerekes, O; Sorter, M; Berry, AM; Combs, J; Osborn, A; Lin, PD. Psychiatric Quarterly. 2022; 93:803-811.

A Collaborative Psychiatric-Genetics Inpatient Care Delivery Model Improves Access to Clinical Genetic Evaluation, Testing, and Diagnosis for Patients With Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Shillington, A; Lamy, M; Dominick, KC; Sorter, M; Erickson, CA; Hopkin, R. Frontiers in Genetics. 2022; 13:901458.

Management of Emotion Dysregulation and Outbursts in Children and Adolescents. Sorter, M; Chua, J; Lamy, M; Barzman, D; Ryes, L; Shekhtman, JA. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2022; 24:213-226.

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