Robert Kitts

Robert Kitts, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Attending and Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

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Medical Services


  • Child Psychiatry


  • Psychiatry


  • Consult Liaison
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Experience and Education


  • Adult Psychiatry

Professional History

I am the Training Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Boston Children's Hospital. I am passionate about teaching, mentoring, and collaborating. I enjoy supporting and promoting the education and career development of not only fellows, but also those across the entire spectrum from pre-meds to junior faculty. I am also an Attending Physician on the Psychiatry Consultation Service and I am also passionate about family and adolescent empowerment, psychotherapy, behavioral-health integration, and systems-of-care. I am the Director of the Donald J. Cohen Klingenstein 3rd Generation Foundation Fellowship, which promotes Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry among Harvard Medical Students. I am also on the LGBT Advisory Committee for Harvard Medical School and recently developed and co-lead the LGBTQD Youth Health Consortium (now known as the Rainbow Consortium) of Boston Children's Hospital. I want to promote the growth of physicians into exemplars of professionalism and compassionate care, including myself.


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  1. Torous J, Franzan J, O'Connor R, Mathew I, Keshavan M, Kitts R, Boland R. Psychiatry Residents' Use of Educational Websites: A Pilot Survey Study. Acad Psychiatry. 2015 Dec; 39(6):630-3.
  2. Stein JA, Althoff R, Anders T, Davison Y, Edwards S, Frosch E, Horst R, Hudziak JJ, Hunt J, Joshi SV, Kitts RL, Larson J, Leckman J, O'Brien J, Lowenhaupt E, Pruitt D, Malloy E, Martin A, Partner A, Sarles R, Sikich L, Wells L, Kolevzon A. Does early mentorship in child and adolescent psychiatry make a difference? The Klingenstein Third-Generation Foundation Medical Student Fellowship Program. Acad Psychiatry. 2013 Sep; 37(5):321-4.
  3. Kitts RL, Gallagher K, Ibeziako P, Bujoreanu S, Garcia G, Demaso DR. Parent and young adult satisfaction with psychiatry consultation services in a children's hospital. Psychosomatics. 2013 Nov-Dec; 54(6):575-84.
  4. Ritz T, Bosquet Enlow M, Schulz SM, Kitts R, Staudenmayer J, Wright RJ. Respiratory sinus arrhythmia as an index of vagal activity during stress in infants: respiratory influences and their control. PLoS One. 2012; 7(12):e52729.
  5. Kitts RL, Goldman SJ. Education and depression. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2012 Apr; 21(2):421-46, x.
  6. Bosquet Enlow M, Kitts RL, Blood E, Bizarro A, Hofmeister M, Wright RJ. Maternal posttraumatic stress symptoms and infant emotional reactivity and emotion regulation. Infant Behav Dev. 2011 Dec; 34(4):487-503.
  7. Kitts RL, Christodoulou J, Goldman S. Promoting interdisciplinary collaboration: trainees addressing siloed medical education. Acad Psychiatry. 2011; 35(5):317-21.
  8. Kitts RL. Barriers to optimal care between physicians and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning adolescent patients. J Homosex. 2010; 57(6):730-47.
  9. Kitts RL. Gay adolescents and suicide: understanding the association. Adolescence. 2005; 40(159):621-8.
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