Rady Children’s Psychiatry Department provides comprehensive mental health and psychosocial services to children, adolescents and their families. Benjamin Maxwell, M.D., is the department’s interim director.
We offer a full range of outpatient services for conditions including depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, behavior problems, psychosis and eating disorders. Inpatient services are provided for children and teens with psychiatric illness, eating disorders and medical/behavioral disorders.
Plans are also underway to open the region’s first pediatric psychiatric emergency department. Learn more.
- Diagnostic evaluations
- Medication evaluations
- Treatment including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and parent education
- Psychological testing
These services are offered at several locations in San Diego County, and bilingual and bi-cultural staff are available. Services also offered at our Torrey Hills location. Emergency and crisis intervention is available 24 hours a day through the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center.
Behavioral Health Urgent Care
Rady Children’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care, offered at the Mid-City Urgent Care location, provides services for children, teens and their families struggling with urgent emotional and/or behavioral concerns that pose a risk to their safety or the safety of others, or that significantly impair their daily lives. This program has been made possible by a generous grant from Price Philanthropies.
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services (CAPS) program, an inpatient unit for children and adolescents up to age 18 with psychiatric illness
- Eating Disorders/Medical Behavioral Unit, the only child and adolescent medical/behavioral inpatient unit in San Diego, with programs for eating disorders and medical/behavioral disorders
- Crisis Stabilization Unit, a short-term crisis assessment and treatment program that assists patients during a mental health crisis
All of these services are provided on the main Hospital campus, enabling patients to access the full range of medical services if needed.
School Mental Health Services
Mental health services in selected school districts throughout San Diego County
Developmental, Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluations
Click here for information about our Autism Discovery Institute.
Complex Developmental and Mental Health Needs
Click here for information about KidStart.
Sleep Disorder Assessment
In the News
- Why Is 18 the Age of Adulthood if the Brain Can Take 30 Years to Mature?, Big Think, mentions Jay Giedd, M.D.
- The Science Behind Tweens’ Risky Behavior — And Why It Can Help Them In The Long Run, The Washington Post, features Jay Giedd, M.D.
- How to Talk to Children about Spade and Bourdain Suicides, Psychology Today, written by Katherine Nguyen Williams, Ph.D. (blog).
- World Expert Shared His Research on Why Kids ‘Don’t Think’, UCalgary News, features Jay Giedd, M.D.
- At Least 13 Reasons Why Not, psychiatrictimes.com, by Desiree Shapiro, M.D.
- Anorexia’s Complex Etiology Opens Path to New Treatments, Psychiatric News, features Walter Kaye, M.D.
- Teens Are Growing Up More Slowly – And They Seem OK with It, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features clinical psychologist Brent Crandal.
- Rady Children’s to Create Unique Psychiatric Emergency Department for Kids, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features Benjamin Maxwell, M.D., medical director, inpatient psychiatry, and Charles Wilson, senior director, Chadwick Center for Children & Families
- Why Teenage Brains Are So Hard to Understand, Time, features Jay Giedd, M.D.
- Expert Transpersonal Psychologist, Cheryl A. Demalignon, Ph.D, is to be Recognized as a 2017 Top Doctor in San Diego, California, PR NewsChannel, features Cheryl Demalignon, Ph.D.
- How Bulimics’ Brains Are Different, CNN, features Walter Kaye, M.D.
- New Center Shows Surge in Demand for Children’s Mental Health Services, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features Barent Mynderse, director of behavioral health services
- San Diego Experts on How Anxiety Affects Children, kpbs.com, features psychiatrist Desiree Shapiro, M.D.
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