We offer services in the areas of developmental psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and medical psychiatry. In addition, our programs sees patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and related concerns. 

Developmental Psychiatry

Director: Carmen Lopez-Arvizu, MD

Development psychiatry performs comprehensive psychiatric and diagnostic evaluations of children and adolescents with psychiatric conditions associated with developmental disabilities. We serve children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and difficulties with mood, behavior or relationships at home or school, or with family members or peers.

You and your child will meet with a board-certified psychiatrist with clinical expertise in developmental disabilities and psychiatric conditions throughout the lifespan. The clinical information gathered during the evaluation, as well as information shared with us by you and your medical treatment team, will allow us to fully understand your concerns and make treatment recommendations accordingly.


Director: Jay Salpekar, MD, FANPA

Neurology has an especially close relationship with psychiatry, as both disciplines focus on the function of a single organ, the brain. Research has found that people with neurological disease are at high risk for complications of emotion, behavior, cognition and consciousness. Individuals with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, stroke and dementia are highly likely to experience symptoms of inattention, depression or anxiety, in addition to cognitive difficulties. Children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, may also experience emotional, behavioral and psychiatric symptoms as part of their underlying condition.

Our program evaluates and treat individuals with complex neuropsychiatric disorders. Our clinicians collaborate with neurologists, psychiatrists, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, neuropsychologists, palliative care doctors, physical medicine specialists and other clinicians worldwide.

OCD and Tourette Syndrome

Co-Directors: Marco A. Grados, MD, MPH and Joseph F. McGuire, MD

About one in five children experience tics at some point. For most children, the tics do not require additional treatment and will disappear on their own. However, for those children with tics that severely impact their lives, treatment is needed. Tic disorders are more common in males than in females.

In addition to tics, about 85 percent of Tourette syndrome patients have at least one coexisting neuropsychological condition, the most common being attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors and learning difficulties.

Our program provides medical evaluations and the most recent treatment options designed to improve overall health and quality of life for patients. We offer an interdisciplinary patient care from the leading experts in the fields of pediatric and adult neurology, psychiatry and neurophysiology. 

Medical Psychiatry

Director: Souraya Torbey, MD

Medical psychiatry is a subspecialty in the field of psychiatry that focuses on the connection between mental and physical disorders. It includes psychiatric treatment for patients, as well as consultation to psychiatrists and non-psychiatrist healthcare providers that help them understand patients'  reactions to illness. Providers in medical psychiatry can recommend psychological care based on a patients' reaction.

The medical psychiatry team at Kennedy Krieger offers a comprehensive approach to the emotional, cognitive and behavioral needs of the patient. They are integral part of the interdisciplinary care provided to provided those range of symptoms, includes those experiencing somatic symptom disorders and pediatric chronic pain.

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