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Psychiatric Mental Health Program Overview

Director:

Robert Findling, MD, MBA
Vice President, Psychiatry Services & Research

Medical Director:

Trish Shepley, MSW, LCSW-C
Director, Social Work Department
Clinical Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Program

Program Overview

The Departments of Psychiatry, Social Work Outpatient and Inpatient Services, and the Psychiatric Mental Health Program is dedicated to achieving excellence in child-family centered mental health care through providing compassionate interdisciplinary clinical care, engaging trainees in a rich mentoring environment, and by furthering best practices through innovative research.

Identifying psychiatric issues in children is not always easy. Children experience many physical, mental, and emotional changes as they grow and develop, and symptoms of a psychiatric disorder are often misread as typical childhood or adolescent behavior. As a result, many children who could benefit from treatment do not get the help that they need. The Psychiatric Mental Health Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute provides diagnostic evaluation and treatment services for children and adolescents who are having difficulty with mood, behavior, or relationships at home, within the family, at school, and with peers.

 

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