Our Programs and Services
- Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic
- Consultation to Pediatrics and the Emergency Dept.
- Parenting at a Challenging Time (PACT) Program
- Early Childhood Social and Emotional Health Program
- Pediatric Post-Concussion Clinic
In the outpatient clinic, we treat patients from preschool age through adolescence for a variety of issues. Our staff in the clinic includes four child and adolescent psychiatrists, a nurse practitioner with specialized training in child psychiatry, and a social worker.
Treatment in the clinic begins with a thorough evaluation, including a detailed review of your child’s medical and psychiatric history. Often, the clinician assessing your child will request your permission to speak with important people in your child’s life. They may talk with their pediatrician, a teacher or a therapist to help develop a more complete understanding of your child’s difficulties.
After the initial evaluation, recommendations for an initial treatment plan will be discussed with you and your child. This plan will be tailored to your child’s specific needs and may include additional medical or psychological testing, referrals to group or individual therapy, and work with school services. While some children benefit from a short-term consultation with our staff, those who require ongoing psychiatric care can continue to receive treatment in the clinic for as long as necessary.
Consultation to Pediatrics and the Emergency Department
|Parenting at a Challenging Time (PACT) Program
The Pappas PACT Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides guidance for parents faced with the challenge of raising children while undergoing cancer treatment. This program - run in the Vernon Cancer Center - helps parents who are concerned about the impact that their diagnosis and treatment will have on their children. For more information, visit the program’s website at www.nwh.org/pact.
Early Childhood Social and Emotional Health Program
Pediatric Post-Concussion Clinic
PCS is an increasingly common yet poorly understood group of symptoms affecting up to 20% of people who suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. Reported symptoms include: attention deficits and difficulty sustaining mental effort, fatigue and apathy, impulsivity, irritability or changes in affect, headaches, learning and memory problems, or impaired problem solving.
Our initial evaluation will include a comprehensive biopsychosocial profile; ImPACT testing including a review of baseline testing and onsite repeat testing at Newton-Wellesley; a medication evaluation; completion of scaled measurements of the patient’s coping strategies and mood or anxiety symptoms; and coordinated treatment and follow up including relevant referrals to other providers, school communication, and family support. Patients will be seen in follow up after the initial visit for up to 12 months or on an “as needed” basis to assure coordination of care.
Nicole Danforth, MD, a board certified child and adult psychiatrist, will be providing evaluations, psychopharmacology,and short term care to these patients. She has six years of experience as Medical Director of the Sports Psychology program at Mass General Hospital and has treated PCS patients in youth, school and college settings. Dr. Danforth is a former professional athlete who has worked with athletes ranging from youth hockey players to MLB players.
To refer patients, please fax a referral form (pdf) to 617-734-4646.
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