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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Why Choose Us for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry?

Access to the Latest Approaches

We have a long and distinguished reputation of helping children of all ages--from infancy through late teens--with almost all types of mental health problems. Because most of our clinicians are also researchers, they are on top of the most recent diagnostic and treatment advances--and pass these on to our patients as quickly as possible.

Our experts know about new treatments months before they are reported in the media. As a result, they can provide balanced advice on whether a new treatment will work for your child. Very often, our clinicians are involved in leading-edge advances.

Award-Winning Clinicians

Many of our child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists have won numerous awards for their expertise and empathy. Their research has been published in major medical and psychiatric journals, and they have been asked to speak at many national and international conferences.

However, the awards that mean the most to us are the ones that have come from our patients and their families--the cards, letters, and pictures telling us we made a difference in their lives. All of our staff believe that a vital part of effective care is the ability to communicate well with patients and their families.

Effective Treatment for All Ages--Even the Very Young

One unique aspect of our program is our long history of seeing children throughout their lifespan. Our youngest patients are infants who show problems with attachment, eating, sleeping, and other behaviors. Our oldest patients are adolescents with behavioral problems, attention problems, depression, anxiety, and other concerns that interfere with functioning.

A Family-Centered Approach

Our job is to help children and adolescents. But, to do this successfully, we need to work very closely with each patient's family. We view a child's parents as key members of our clinical team. Without the parents’ help, our treatment plans could not be successful. In fact, many of our treatment plans involve parents and siblings in therapy sessions.

Community Connections

All of our treatment plans are carried out in collaboration with the family's local schools, pediatrician, and social service agencies. A major part of our job is reaching out to community organizations to help ensure that children get the help they need. This may mean sitting down with a child's teacher to discuss effective classroom approaches. Or it might involve helping parents find specialized daycare, art therapy, biofeedback, or other needed services close to home.