Cristin McDermott, MD, is the Division Head of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Connecticut Children’s. Dr. McDermott’s clinical and research interests include physician well-being, pediatric hospitalist medicine, comorbid medical and psychiatric diagnoses, and medical education. She has presented locally and nationally on physician well-being, with a special focus on the use of the appreciative inquiry approach to systemic and programmatic change and development.

Dr. McDermott graduated from Georgetown University in 2007 with a BA in English Literature and earned her medical degree at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 2012. She completed her Triple Board residency (Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in 2017. Dr. McDermott served as the Chief Resident for the Triple Board Program and the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UPMC from 2016-2017. During her residency, Dr. McDermott was the Resident Member to the ACGME Psychiatry Residency Review Committee, and a member of the Council of Review Committee Residents (CRCR). She was elected Chair of the CRCR Subcommittee on Resident Well-Being in 2016 and was a member of the ACGME Task Force for Physician Well-Being from 2016-2019.

Dr. McDermott joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and psychiatry in 2017. Clinically, she divided her time between the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Consultation & Liaison service and the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She also served as the Associate Training Director of the UPMC Triple Board Program from 2017-2022.

In her free time, Dr. McDermott enjoys running, cycling, paddleboarding, hiking and triathlons. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.


University of Connecticut School of Medicine


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

American Board Pediatrics - Hospital Medicine
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

  • Malas N, Brahmbhatt K, McDermott C, Smith A, Ortiz-Aguayo R, Turkel, S. “Pediatric Delirium: Evaluation, Management and Special Considerations.” Current Psychiatry Rep 2017; 19:65.
  • McDermott C, Jacobson S, Kurtz B, Stubbe D, Thwin M. “The Perfect Pitch: Attaining Institutional Buy-In for Well-Being Initiatives.” Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Supplement. October 2018; 57:10.
  • McDermott C, Winkeller V, Nguyen V, Jacobson SWELL Toolkit: Burnout Subsection. Version 1.0 published in July 2020 as part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Graduate Medical Education WELL Toolkit. Website: 
  • McDermott C, Kurtz B, Jacobson S. “The WELL Toolkit: Meet ACGME Well-Being Requirements More Meaningfully!” American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training Annual Meeting. March 2021.
  • McDermott C. “Moving Beyond the Second Sex: Acknowledging the Impact of Gender Stereotype and Bias on Women in Medicine.” Being presented at the What’s Next? Stepping Up Our Investment in Women’s Health & Advocacy Conference. November 5, 2021. Cranberry, PA.