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Pediatric Psychiatry at Connecticut Children’s

Connecticut Children’s psychiatrists are board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. We’re experts in diagnosing and treating the full range of psychiatric conditions and mental health concerns in children, teens and young adults.

If you feel your child is in crisis, or a danger to themselves or others, call 911.

In Connecticut, you can also call 211 for emergency or crisis intervention. For free, confidential support from the National Suicide Prevention Life Line, call 1.800.273.8255 or text “HOME” to 741741.

Conditions We Treat

We meet most patients during their inpatient stay on Connecticut Children’s medical floors, or in the Emergency Department. There, we provide consultation services for critical and ongoing psychiatric conditions.

We create a unique care plan for your child, provide therapy, and if needed, can prescribe medications. We also work with your family to help understand other factors that may be affecting your child’s mental and behavioral health.

Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Health Conditions
  • Depression
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma

Mental Health Programs and Services

We work closely with Connecticut Children’s other mental health experts and the Division of Developmental Pediatrics to ensure your child receives all the support they need.
That includes the following programs:

  • Consultation & Liaison Inpatient Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Transitions Clinic
  • Medical Coping Clinic
  • Mental and Medical Wellness Program

Pediatric Psychiatry Locations

Our pediatric psychiatry services are offered at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. We also offer Video Visits.

Meet Our Team

The Division of Pediatric Psychiatry is led by Jennifer Downs, MD. Our pediatric psychiatrists work closely with Connecticut Children’s experts in psychology, social work, care coordination, and developmental pediatrics, and across all of our 30-plus specialties.

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