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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.

About

Biography

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.

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Publications

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. 2022.

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.

46.6 Clinician Perception of Telemedicine-Enhanced Access to Mental Health Services During COVID-19. Klein, C; Welge, J; Blom, T; Higdon, C; Dyce, B; Fornari, V; Gashi, S; Crystal, S; Sorter, M; Correll, C; et al. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2021; 60.

PREDICTING THE FUTURE? UNDERSTANDING AGGRESSION RATING SCALES IN ACUTE CARE SETTINGS AND HOW TO UTILIZE THIS KNOWLEDGE. Schott, MM; Barzman, DH; Sorter, MT; Figueroa, N. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2021; 60.

7.8 INPATIENT AND RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT OF EMOTION DYSREGULATION AND OUTBURSTS. Sorter, MT. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2021; 60:s135-s136.

Letter to the Editor: Chlorpromazine-Induced Skin Pigmentation in a Pediatric Patient. Harris, K; Lamy, M; Sorter, M; Frye, C; Terhune, L; Erickson, CA; Ruschman, G; Dominick, KC. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2021; 31:516-517.

Predicting the time trend of first episodes of aggressive behaviors in pediatric psychiatric inpatient units. Lin, PI; Bonander, C; Harmeyer, K; Kennedy, P; Sorter, M; Osborn, A; Barzman, D. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2021; 140:117-123.

Treatment of Childhood Emotion Dysregulation in Inpatient and Residential Settings. Chua, JD; Bellonci, C; Sorter, MT. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2021; 30:505-525.

Lessons Learned to Building Stakeholder Engagement during the Initial Stages of Pragmatic Research Development and Implementation. Combs, J; Barzman, D; Hemphill, R; Osborn, A; Sorter, M; Decker, R. Psychiatric Quarterly. 2021; 92:781-791.

A Framework-Based Approach to Assessing Mental Health Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Adolescents. Lin, PI; Srivastava, G; Beckman, L; Kim, Y; Hallerbäck, M; Barzman, D; Sorter, M; Eapen, V. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2021; 12.

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