The Columbia University (CU) Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has grown into one of the largest faculty and training programs in the United States. There are 57 M.D.s and 65 Ph.D.s in child psychiatry’s faculty, as well as 13 postdoctoral fellows and 28 child psychiatry residents. The division consists of research investigators, teachers who coordinate a three-campus graduate-education and training program, and clinicians who provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based assessments and interventions to youth across the full range of childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders. In the past year, we have established an Executive Committee within the division, comprised of Drs. Moira Rynn, Lourival Baptista-Neto, Prudence Fisher, Madelyn Gould, Laurence Greenhill, Elisabeth Guthrie, and Laura Mufson.
The federally funded research activities of the division are focused on developing a better understanding of the underlying mechanism of psychiatric disorders and developing effective assessment tools and interventions. The division’s research program benefits greatly from its wide national and international collaborations that bring together scientists from across many disciplines and clinicians with diverse skill sets. Specific research interests of the division include the prevention of child and adolescent suicide, the assessment and treatment of psychiatric conditions in childhood, clinical trials of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, brain imaging, developmental neuropsychiatry, child-services research and screening, and epidemiology.
The division provides a wide range of services for the community, including a Special Needs Clinic, a School-Based Mental Health Program, a Consultation-Liaison and Emergency Service, and pediatric-psychiatry subspecialty clinics that include the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Clinic, the Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic, the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic, the Evaluation Clinic, and the Learning-Disability Clinic. In addition, the division established a Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice and operates a Children’s Day Treatment Unit, as well as the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders.