Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology

Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology

One of the most comprehensive specialty programs available for children and teens who need mental health services, staffed by experts with access to the latest research and treatments.

Nearly every child or teen faces some challenges as they grow up because of peer pressure, family changes, a death or other loss, managing a chronic illness, or simply because it isn’t easy making the change from being a child to being an adult.

For any number of reasons, your child’s emotions and behaviors can cause them to become anxious or depressed, have an eating disorder, cause problems in relationships at home and at school, or even consider suicide.

When your child has trouble coping it’s important to speak with a mental health professional, even if you’re unsure whether your child needs help.

Our experts in child psychiatry have faculty status at the University of Texas Southwestern, so they have access to the latest research and treatments for children and adolescents. We’re recognized experts on treating eating disorders, depression and other mood disorders, and in preventing suicide in children and teens. We work closely with you, your child and family to help your child in one setting over the course of your child’s condition.

Family Resources

  • Important Contacts – Unsure of where to start? These helpful contacts can assist in determining the best treatment program for your child.
  • Why might my child need help? - Learn more about the factors that could affect your child’s mental health as well as the different kinds of providers that can help.
  • Educational Resources – Access more information about child and adolescent mental health from the American Psychological Association and other expert groups.

Preparing for your child’s services

Some psychiatric and psychological services begin as emergencies, when your child or teen is in a mental health crisis. Sometimes, parents have to deal with tasks such as admission paperwork and insurance approval for payment in addition to the emotional stress caused by concern about their child. Being prepared to answer questions about your child’s and family’s physical and mental health history for your child’s initial psychiatric evaluation, and having all information necessary to process insurance paperwork, can ease some of this burden. When there is time, parents and their children should discuss their first appointment before arriving for the visit.

Learn more about what to expect during your visit.

Meet the Care Team