Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of emotion, cognition and/or behavior affecting children from infancy to age 18 years. The Center consists of a large teaching clinic in which evaluation and treatment is conducted by Child Psychiatry Fellows under the supervision of our Faculty, some of whom have distinct areas of special interest and expertise within the field of child psychiatry.

Initially, a diagnostic evaluation is performed to assess a child's condition with attention to its psychological, biological, social and environmental components.

The next step is to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for the child and family, often integrating ongoing care with health, mental health, educational and social service providers in the community. Child psychiatrists are prepared to advocate for children and adolescents in each of these domains of care and support.

We strive to maintain availability to evaluate and develop treatment plans for children in the St. Louis Children’s Hospital system and in the networks of insurers that support the provision of care in a University Hospital environment. For children outside of these systems, we strive to assist families to secure appropriate mental health care. For more information, contact our Center or visit How The System Works.

The Child and Family Development Center is located at the southwest corner of Forest Park Avenue & South Newstead. Free Parking is provided on a surface lot.

4444 Forest Park Avenue, suite 2600
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 286-1700


Timeframe and availability for scheduling an appointment can vary across the different clinics. Our clinic staff will help you determine the most feasible option for scheduling your child’s appointment. They are trained extensively with respect to insurance coverage considerations and the expertise of our various faculty members’ clinics.


Once you have scheduled your child in our clinic, please print and complete the following form and bring it with you to their first appointment.

Child History Form


The entire full-time faculty physicians of Washington University School of Medicine participate in the health insurance plans listed here. It is important to know that the availability of faculty child psychiatrists to accept new patients varies over time and across providers. Our staff is experienced in assisting families to identify alternate services of care when openings for our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center are limited. In any case, it is important for you to check your own specific plan before you make an appointment.

If you have questions about whether or not our providers participate in your health insurance plan please feel free to contact our office.