Department of Psychiatry Meet our Team

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Contact the Department of Psychiatry

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Meet our leadership team

David DeMaso, MD
William Beardslee
William Beardslee, MD
Director, Baer Prevention Initiatives

Eugene D'Angelo, PhD
Chief, Division of Psychology


Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich, MD

Chief, Psychopharmacology


Patricia Ibeziako, MD
Director, Pediatric Psychiatry
Consultation Service

Colleen Ryan, MD
Medical Director,
Inpatient Psychiatry Service

Celiane Rey-Casserly, PhD
Director of the Neuropsychology Program

Deborah Waber, PhD
Director, Scientific Review and Quality;
Director, Learning Disabilities Program;
Senior Associate in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry;
Director, Behavioral Science Core, Clinical Research Center

Elizabeth Wharff, PhD, MSW, LICSW
Director, Emergency
Psychiatry Service

Leadership team members not pictured

Shella Dennery, PhD, MSW, LICSW Program Director, CHNP

Deirdre Logan, PhD,  Director, Psychological Services for Pain Medicine

B. Heidi Ellis, PhD,  Director, Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience

Rob Kitts, PhD, Director, Residency Training

Our Specialists

When a child is faced with a mental health issue or illness, the entire family feels the impact. You and your child can rely upon the extensive experience and caring, solution-focused approach of your Boston Children’s Hospital team to help determine the best course of treatment.


Here at Boston Children’s, you and your child will have the support of experts in several disciplines, including:

  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • neuroscience nurses
  • Child Life specialists
  • other professionals who are specially trained in practicing mental health care for children and adolescents

We realize that your child is—first and foremost—a child, and not merely a patient. Our clinicians address your child’s individual needs and circumstances, and we involve you and your family in the treatment process at every step of the way.

All of our physicians have faculty appointments at Children’s teaching affiliate, Harvard Medical School. Every year, we prepare the most promising young psychiatric professionals through our training programs, educating the next generation of pediatric mental health providers. At the same time, our clinicians are conducting important scientific research with real implications for better identifying, treating and curing psychiatric illnesses.

Our strength in all of the related subspecialties ensures that we are ready to address every aspect of your child’s mental health care, from the initial assessment to prescribing therapy and offering long-term support.


Caregiver Glossary


Here are some of the Department of Psychiatry caregivers you and your child are likely to meet here at Children’s:

  • psychiatrists
    physicians who are specially trained and certified in treating mental disorders; in addition to diagnosing psychiatric conditions, they may also prescribe medications, conduct physical examinations, order diagnostic testing and interpret brain imaging studies, as well as conduct scientific research

  • clinical psychologists
    trained mental health professionals who may provide psychotherapy to patients; administer psychological assessments and tests; develop prevention and treatment plans; and conduct scientific research

  • counseling psychologists
    trained mental health professionals who use psychotherapy to help patients address emotional, social, educational, family and health-related issues and concerns

  • neuropsychologists
    psychologists who are trained to assess cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social functions in children with neurological diseases and disorders

  • neurophysiologists
    physicians who focus on understanding the nervous system’s many biological processes

  • nurse practitioners
    registered nurses with advanced training in pediatrics and psychiatry; they oversee treatment plans, prescribe medications and consult with neurosurgeons and other clinicians to find the best course of care

  • psychiatric nurses
    registered nurses who specialize in caring for children with psychiatric illnesses and disorders

  • social workers
    licensed professionals who offer counseling to patients and their families, and help recommend other resources for emotional, educational and community support

  • Child Life specialists
    specially trained professionals who teach patients to express their fears and concerns through play, and help them be more comfortable in the hospital environment

  • administrators
    staff members who help coordinate all appointments and facilitate communication between families and caregivers

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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