Michael Jellinek, MD, Wins Child Psychiatry Award




NEWTON, Mass. (July, 2008) –
 Michael Jellinek, MD, Chief of Child Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and President of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, will be recognized with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Irving Philips Award for Prevention. Dr. Jellinek will be recognized at a Distinguished Awards Luncheon during the AACAP 2008 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

The AACAP award recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Academy member who has made significant contributions in a lifetime career or single seminal work to the prevention of mental illness in children and adolescents. These contributions must have national and/or international stature and clearly demonstrate lasting effects. The contributions may be in the areas of teaching, research, program development, direct clinical service, advocacy or administrative commitment.

Dr. Jellinek earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, completed pediatrics training at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY, and residencies in child psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, MA, and in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital also in Boston.  Dr. Jellinek is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Academically, Dr. Jellinek has written or cowritten numerous articles and chapters on pediatric psychiatry, psychosomatic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the difficult parent among other topics.  With Michael Murphy, Ed.D., he developed the Pediatric Symptom Checklist, which is a brief screening instrument that has been validated to help primary care pediatricians identify children with psychosocial dysfunction.  Dr. Jellinek has coedited two books and was section editor for the Handbook of General Psychiatry and the Saunders Manual of Hospital Practice.

Recently he was Chair for Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, providing guidelines on mental health promotion for infants, children and adolescents. Currently, Dr. Jellinek is Associate Editor for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

In 1992 Dr. Jellinek was named as Vice President of Ambulatory Services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  In 1996 he was named Senior Vice President for Administration and had responsibility for hospital wide operations, space planning and the Departments of Radiology, Pathology and Pharmacy.  In that position he was responsible for developing the master space plan for MGH.  In 2001 he was named President of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a 290 bed acute care hospital and, along with MGH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and North Shore Medical Center, a member of the Partners HealthCare System.

Dr. Jellinek resides in Newton.

AACAP, which has a membership of over 8,000, is the leading national professional medical association for child and adolescent psychiatrists in the United States.

The Mission of the AACAP is to promote mentally healthy children, adolescents and families through research, training, advocacy, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, peer support and collaboration.

Rachel Kagno
Public Affairs & Marketing
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

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