A photo of Michael Sorter.

Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

"I work with individuals and families to understand the challenges they face and determine their best course for recovery."

My Biography & Research


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.

Clinical Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

22Q-VCFS, Psychiatry

Research Divisions


Blog Posts

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

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.

A Machine Learning Approach to Identifying Changes in Suicidal Language. Pestian, J; Santel, D; Sorter, M; Bayram, U; Connolly, B; Glauser, T; DelBello, M; Tamang, S; Cohen, K. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 2020; 50:939-947.

Finding warning markers: Leveraging natural language processing and machine learning technologies to detect risk of school violence. Ni, Y; Barzman, D; Bachtel, A; Griffey, M; Osborn, A; Sorter, M. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2020; 139.

The Importance of Second-Generation Antipsychotic-Related Weight Gain and Adherence Barriers in Youth with Bipolar Disorders: Patient, Parent, and Provider Perspectives. Klein, CC; Topalian, AG; Starr, B; Welge, J; Blom, T; Starr, C; Deetz, I; Turner, H; Sage, J; Utecht, J; et al. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2020; 30:376-380.

Psychiatric Readmission of Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Edgcomb, JB; Sorter, M; Lorberg, B; Zima, BT. Psychiatric Services. 2020; 71:269-279.

Emotion Regulation Intensive Outpatient Programming: Development, Feasibility, and Acceptability. Shaffer, RC; Wink, LK; Ruberg, J; Pittenger, A; Adams, R; Sorter, M; Manning, P; Erickson, CA. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2019; 49:495-508.