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We help transform the lives of children and families through science, education, and practice.
Caring for children who have mental health and development disorders requires a team approach that meets children where they are—emotionally, behaviorally, and physically.
At the Child Study Center, our diverse team of psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, developmental pediatricians, nurse practitioners and other mental health professionals are leaders in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. Our knowledge and skill ensure that your child receives evidence-based care aimed at improving your child and family’s quality of life.
As part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, we care for children and their families on an outpatient basis through our specialized programs. Sometimes a mental health issue appears or is heightened during a hospital stay, and our team is available to provide inpatient psychiatric care and support for the whole family.
Conditions We Treat
We treat mental health conditions that affect children, from infancy through to adulthood. They include the following:
Our physicians also have expertise in using state-of-the-art, evidence-based medication to treat many childhood psychiatric disorders. When used properly, pharmacological treatment can provide major relief from conditions such as anxiety and ADHD.
Our scientific research programs span basic, clinical, systems, and population science to study the causes, course, identification, and treatment of mental health and developmental challenges from birth through young adulthood.
We are also committed to developing and using innovative technologies to care for and engage with families across the globe. Our goal is to advance the science of child development and mental health through telepsychiatry, digital health apps, and cutting-edge data analytical tools.
Our education program trains and inspires the next generation of child and adolescent psychiatry residents and fellows, scientists, child psychologists, undergraduates, medical and nursing students, postdoctoral fellows, interns, and social work candidates. We also host frequent community-based trainings, webinars, and workshops for parents and healthcare and educational professionals.
Vice Chair for Clinical Integration and Mentoring, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Havens is interim chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She oversees integration and expansion of clinical operations across all departmental locations where child and adolescent psychiatry services are provided. She also directs mentoring and development programs for clinical faculty.
Vice Chair for Research | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Castellanos is focused on developing innovative research techniques to deepen our understanding of both healthy and pathological brain processes. He aims to clarify the neuroscience of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder through structural and functional brain imaging studies, collaborating on molecular genetic studies, and coordinating an interdisciplinary network of translational investigators.