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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry section provides:

  • Comprehensive mental health assessment and treatment for children
    and adolescents in the outpatient setting
  • Consultation to pediatric practitioners in inpatient, outpatient and
    emergency settings
  • Consultation to schools, courts and child-serving agencies

We have special expertise in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who have problems with:

  • Persistently sad or irritable mood
  • Many worries and fears
  • Adjusting to stressful or traumatic events
  • Controlling their attention or behavior
  • Understanding their thinking
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Learning or development
  • Involvement in high-risk behaviors
  • Transition to adulthood

Our Vision

To help kids build happy and successful lives

Our Mission

To excel in:

  • Clinical care for children, adolescents and their families
  • Child mental health education and training for future physicians, general and child psychiatrists, developmental/behavioral pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, psychologists, social workers and counselors
  • Research regarding best practices for the delivery of mental health services to
    children and adolescents
  • Advocacy for the unmet mental health needs of children and adolescents

Our Guiding Principles

To provide care that is:

  • Child-centered
  • Family-focused
  • Culturally-competent
  • Community-linked
  • Evidence-based
  • Quality-driven
  • Prevention-oriented

Our Services

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic evaluation
  • Expert second opinions
  • Comprehensive and focused psychological and neuropsychological testing
  • Evidence-based treatments, including:
       o   Cognitive-behavioral therapy
       o   Trauma-focused therapy
       o   Dialectical behavioral therapy  
       o   Narrative therapy
       o   Social-emotional skills training
       o   Parenting skills training
       o   Family therapy
       o   Group therapy
       o   Medication evaluation and management
    • Assessment and management of physically ill children
    • Assessment and management of children in crisis
    • Coordination of care with primary care practitioners and pediatric specialists
    • Consultation to schools, courts and child-serving agencies

    Disorders We Treat

    • Depressive Disorders
    • Bipolar Disorders
    • Post-Traumatic and Acute Stress Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
    • Attention Disorders
    • Psychotic Disorders
    • Somatoform Disorders
    • Tic Disorders
    • Impulse Control Disorders
    • Adjustment Disorders
    • Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Conditions

    Our Team

    Heather Walter, MD, MPH (Chief)
    Natalija Bogdanovic, MD 
    Donald Gair, MD 
    Melissa McCarter, LICSW
    Asma Rashid, MD, MPH
    Dana Rubin, MD, MSW

    Contact Information

    Boston Medical Center
    Dowling Building, 9th Floor  
    Enter at 850 Harrison Avenue
    Boston, MA  02118
    Call (New Patients):  617.414.5245
    Call (Existing Patients):  617.414.4238
    Fax:  617.414.5520

    Hours:  Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 7 pm

    24 Hour On-Call Service for Existing Patients:  617.638.8000
    (request the Psychiatrist on call)

    Emergency Service:  1.800.981.4357

    The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic is located on the 9th floor of the Dowling Building. To enter the Dowling Building, please use the entrance at the Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center at 850 Harrison Ave. From the lobby of the Ambulatory Care Building (850 Harrison Avenue) take the corridor to the left of the Information Desk and follow this past the Urgent Care Center on your right. Turn right at the end of the corridor (Chapel on your left), walk down the ramp to the elevators and take elevator to the 9th Floor.


    Call: 617.414.4238

    24 Hour On-Call Service

    (request the Psychiatrist on call)

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