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Jennifer Downs, MD

Pediatric Psychiatrist 

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Practice Name Connecticut Children's Specialty Group


BA, Colby College, 2004
MD, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 2011

Pediatrics, General Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Brown University, 2011-2016

Board Certifications

  • General Psychiatry, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • General Pediatrics, The American Board of Pediatrics
  • Faculty Appointment

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

    Clinical Expertise

    Jennifer Downs, MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Connecticut Children’s. Dr. Downs’ clinical interests include collaboration with her pediatric colleagues through consultation and liaison in the emergency department and medical-surgical floors. She also performs outpatient crisis stabilization for children with acute need of psychotherapy and/or medication management for their mental health conditions. In her free time, Dr. Downs enjoys the outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family.

    Selected Publications

    • Curtin M, Downs J, Hunt A, Coleman ER, Enneking B, Keehn RM. “Interactive Virtual Expert-led Skills Training (INVEST): A Multi-modal Curriculum for Medical Trainees.” Front. Psychiatry, 12:671442. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2021.671442

    • Downs J. “Pediatric Emergency Psychiatric Care.” Oral Presentation, 38th Annual Winter Update, Indiana Osteopathic Association, December 7, 2019

    • Downs J, Feuer V, Latif F. “If You Build It, They Will Come: Practical How-To’s for Creating, Sustaining, and Optimizing a Pediatric Emergency Psychiatry Service in High, Medium, and Low Resource Areas.” Workshop, American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry National Meeting, October 17, 2019

    • Downs J. “Acute Agitation: Management Strategies in the Pediatric ED.” Oral Presentation, 42nd Annual Arthur B. Richter Conference in Child Psychiatry, March 8, 2019

    • Hunt A, Dunn DW, Blake HS, Downs J. (2019). Treatment resistance in Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder In Kim, Yong-Ku (Ed.), Treatment Resistance in Psychiatry: Risk Factors, Biology, and Management. (pp. 215-235). Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd

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