Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Emphasizing a team approach, the staff of psychiatric social workers, clinical child psychologists and child and adolescent psychiatrists provide in-depth evaluation for children and their families referred from around the state and from within Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Family therapy is a major treatment modality and individual psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, marital counseling, and behavioral modification are also offered. Clinicians work closely with schools and, through work with nearby communities, have established several outreach programs.

The Riley Hospital for Children [Child & Adolescent] Psychiatry at Indiana University Health is divided into four specialty clinics and a general clinic.

Autism Clinic

This clinic evaluates children for disorders such as Autism, Aspergers, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder who exhibit symptoms such as markedly impaired development in social interaction and communication and/or a markedly restricted repertoire of activity and interests.

ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders Clinic

This clinic evaluates children who appear to exhibit a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity which is felt to be more severe than the norm.

Mood Disorders Clinic

Children in this clinic are evaluated for disturbance in mood which may include such things as depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities, irritability, social isolation, and/or suicidal ideation.

OCD/Tic/Anxiety Disorders Clinic

This clinic evaluates children for recurrent obsessions or compulsions that are severe enough to cause marked impairment; for tic disorders which may include recurrent nonrhythmic stereotyped motor movements or vocalizations; also evaluates children who exhibit apprehension, fearfulness or anxiety.

General Clinic

Faculty in this clinic evaluate children for a multitude of psychiatric and behavioral problems that include such things as eating disorders, Munchausen's by proxy, and trichotillomania. Dr. LaClave is trained in the use of hypnotherapy for relaxation and help with pain management and works with early childhood problems. Dr. Lawlor's specialty is forensic work including custody evaluations.

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