Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry includes approximately 60 child psychiatrists, psychologists, and other scientists who work in a number of different locations and who specialize in a number of different areas including depression, autism, craniofacial disorders, and genetics. Collectively, we have a deep commitment to improving the mental health of children and adolescents across the state.

Division faculty provide clinical, research and educational leadership in the following programs:

The Seattle Children's Hosptial Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine program is a central component of the research, clinical and educational missions of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. It operates a recently expanded inpatient unit (40 beds), performs over 27,500 outpatient visits per year and provides 1,400 tele-video patient visits and 1,700 telephone consultations to pediatricians and other primary care providers throughout the Pacific Northwest, annually. The Seattle Children’s Research Institute, located at Seattle Children's, is dedicated to making breakthrough discoveries that help prevent, treat and eliminate childhood disease. The Seattle Children's Autism Center provides 20,000 visits to over 4,200 unique families each year.

The Partnership Access Line (PAL) at Seattle Children's is a telephone-based child mental health consultation system for primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants located in Washington and Wyoming. PAL is staffed by child psychiatrists affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The Child Study and Treatment Center (CSTC) located in Lakewood, WA is the only state-operated and funded psychiatric hospital for children and youth. The center is designed and staffed for treating children ages 5-18 who cannot be served safely in less restrictive settings within the community.

The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) is committed to improving the health and well-being of children, families, and adults served by the mental health, chemical dependency, child welfare, and justice systems. It achieves its mission by implementing, supporting, and evaluating effective interventions, empirically based training, and research that addresses priority issues where empirical data significantly informs policy.

The SMART Center promotes quality improvement of school-based mental/behavioral health services. A transdisciplinary collaboration between faculty in the College of Education and the School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the SMART Center works to prevent or ameliorate mental health problems more effectively and to promote the social-emotional and academic development and success of youth across school, home, and community contexts.

The Bernier Lab is committed to advancing the understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other related developmental disabilities. The lab focuses on identifying and clarifying how autism develops, how the brain is involved, and how we can intervene to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families.

Additional research activity occurs in other settings at the UW, and in collaboration with leading institutions nationally.​​

Elizabeth McCauley, PhD, ABPP
Larry Wissow, MD
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences