Cincinnati Children’s provides all levels of care to children from Greater Cincinnati, the surrounding states and around the world. As the premier pediatric medical center in the region, we receive referrals from across the spectrum of socioeconomic, cultural and racial backgrounds. Residents in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have the opportunity to interact with, teach and learn from faculty, residents and fellows in the 28 training programs administered by Cincinnati Children’s. These include:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Emergency Pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Pediatrics
  • Child Neurology
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Surgery

We offer patients and families a variety of treatment options that can be tailored to meet their needs, including outpatient care, partial hospital / day treatment and inpatient hospitalization. Residents participate in both psychopharmacology clinics, with on-site faculty supervision, and have their own outpatients for whom they provide psychotherapy and manage medications with indirect supervision. Last year, we completed more than 62,500 outpatient visits.

Our acute crisis units focus on stabilizing patients, most of whom stay an average of 3-5 days.

In total, our hospital has 92 inpatient beds available to serve youth ages 2-18, who are experiencing a mental health crisis. To best meet the different needs and ages of the children for whom we care, we have units that focus on:

  • Adolescents (12-18) with a mental / behavioral disorder
  • Youth (8-18) with both a mental / behavioral diagnosis and developmental disability
  • Young children (2-8) who have a mental / behavioral health diagnosis
  • Youth with chronic medical conditions in addition to mental health diagnosis
  • Youth with a mental health diagnosis and eating disorder such as anorexia / bulimia

The Inpatient Psychiatry Consult Liaison Service provides residents the opportunity to collaborate in the care of hospitalized children on the pediatric services. Residents participate in multidisciplinary treatment teams in areas such as surgery, bone marrow transplant, neurology, pediatric intensive care and general pediatrics.

The range of psychopathology seen includes anorexia nervosa, conversion disorder, mood disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, psychosis, delirium and chemical dependency. Residents provide psychiatric evaluation of children, treatment planning and disposition for follow-up care.

In-depth exposure to adolescent chemical dependency treatment occurs at the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, Inc. Under the supervision of Daniel Vogel, MD, residents perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation of chemically dependent adolescents, participate in treatment team conferences and attend group therapy sessions.

This two-month block rotation gives residents a longitudinal experience in chemical dependency treatment and opportunities to participate in family intervention.