Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The department provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based, family-centered clinical services, is a national leader in the education of pediatric mental health care professionals, advances knowledge through research, and advocates for the mental health of youth and families.
Research in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry focuses on developmental psychopathology and mental health problems seen by primary care pediatricians and by subspecialists in the tertiary care pediatric setting.
Software improves dosing decisions. John Lavigne, Mina Dulcan and colleagues have completed a study that investigates improving medication management of children with ADHD. Software that is now available for dissemination was developed to assist pediatricians in determining dosing levels for maximal therapeutic effect.
Obesity and parenting may be related. Kelly Lowry studies the role of parenting in the development of obesity in young children with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children.
Depression in type 1 diabetics can be avoided. Jill Weissberg-Benchell is conducting a randomized controlled trial to prevent depression in teenagers with type 1 diabetes.
Neurocognitive delay in pediatric acute liver failure is a significant problem. Lisa Sorensen is the coordinating psychologist for two multi-center studies.
Data analysis could help improve services to epilepsy patients. The Children’s Memorial Epilepsy Center works with Frank Zelko to use a retrospective clinical dataset on information processing efficiency and executive skills in childhood epilepsy.
What are the causes of psychological problems in children with epilepsy? Sigita Plioplys, working with the Epilepsy Center, seeks to understand risk factors for psychological conditions related to epilepsy.
A team helps CPS reduce violence. Colleen Cicchetti and Tali Raviv lead several projects related to reducing the incidence and sequelae of violence in the Chicago Public Schools.