Sunday, April 30, 2017

About Us

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NIMHANS came into existence on the 31st December 2010. Currently this is the only department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the public heath sector in India .We currently have 4 Consultants (3 Professors and 1 Associate Professor) who work in effective liaison with Consultants from departments of Clinical Psychology, Psychiatric Social Work, Speech Pathology& Audiology, Neurorehabilitation,Human Genetics,Neurosurgery and Neurology to deliver multidisciplinary inputs. Clinical services are utilized by children and adolescents ( upto the age of 16 years ) from all over India and other countries especially SAARC countries. Clinical services are offered in out-patient,in-patient and emergency settings. A multidisciplinary approach is used in clinical evaluation and management of children and adolescents with various disorders . First contact (screening) out-patient services are run on all the days of the week except Sundays and function at a specially designed space (G-13) in the ground floor of the main out-patient building (OPD). Child and Adolescent Psychiatry out-patient facility for detailed evaluation and follow-up services is located in the first floor (F-12) of main OPD. functions on all days of the week except Wednesdays and Sundays. A 40-bedded Child Psychiatry Centre (CPC) is available for provision of in-patient care . A Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) course of 1-year duration and a Doctor of Medicine (DM) course of 3-year duration are available for qualified Psychiatrists (MD/DNB) thereby creating the much needed trained manpower in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Moreover postgraduate trainees from within NIMHANS and several government and private medical institutions hone their skills in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the department . Faculty of the department are actively involved in intramural and extramural research activities in the area of Neurodevelopmental disorders ( Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder etc.) , Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) , Mood Disorders ( Depression, Bipolar affective disorder) , Obsessive Compulsive Disorder , Life skills, Child abuse etc. Several national and international peer-reviewed research publications have been authored by the department faculty.Trainees from NIMHANS (MD, MPhil,PhD,DM,PDF) take up research under guidance of the department faculty in several child and adolescent mental health areas as part of their course fulfillment. Faculty serve as resource persons in conferences,symposia,CME’s,workshops etc . held at regional,state,national and international levels.

The Department plays an active role in several governmental policies and legislations related to child and adolescent mental health. Faculty are involved in various committees constituted in the area of child and adolescent mental health at regional,state and national levels.