Child and Family Studies
The Duke Child and Family Studies Center is committed to providing quality mental health care for youth. Backed by state-of-the-art research programs, Duke has led the way in developing modern and effective treatments for a variety of childhood mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, antisocial conduct, substance abuse, and severe trauma. Our child psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers take a collaborative and compassionate, child and family centered approach to their work. The result is a broad array of integrated services, carefully designed to achieve the best outcome for each and every patient.
A Commitment to Caring
The Duke Child and Family Studies Center is committed to working closely with community-based healthcare, education, social services, and other professionals dedicated to the safety of our children and adolescents. We invite you to contact us to help advocate for the mental health care of young people.
The Duke Child and Family Studies Center provides psychiatric, psychological and substance abuse diagnostic and treatment services for children, adolescents and their parents and families.
Collaborative, team-based programs for children and adolescents of every age and stage of development are available from initial evaluation to follow-up treatment. Expert clinicians representing a broad range of complementary specialties bring an unparalleled, integrated and comprehensive approach to treatment planning and continuing care. And because we are Duke, referrals to specialists in pediatric medicine and surgery can be simplified.
Evidence-based treatments ensure that our patients receive the latest, safest and most effective therapies available. Our staff of clinicians includes leaders in psychiatric and psychological research, who participate in numerous studies of new treatments. In some cases our patients may participate in these studies, benefiting from the most attentive and leading edge care possible.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Diagnostic evaluations and second opinions
- Expert consultation
- Family and couples therapy
- Medication management
- Parenting training groups
We provide diagnostic and treatment services for children who are affected by a wide spectrum of mental health problems:
- Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anxiety and Mood Disorders
- Drug and Alcohol Addiction
- Eating Disorders
- Family and Marital Problems
- Learning Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive and Tic Disorders
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
A special note: All of the following clinical service programs feature ongoing research trials that may be accessible to eligible and interested patients and families.
The Duke Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder Program (ADHD Program) provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents and adults, including psycho-educational testing for learning disorders. Parent and child behavior management groups and child coping skills groups are available. A summer treatment program for middle school students is available to enhance academic learning strategies, group cooperation, and other skills for school success. The Duke ADHD program offers direct in-school consultation to teachers and other educational professionals.
The Duke Program in Child Anxiety and Affective Disorders offers diagnostic evaluations and an array of ongoing treatments for children and adolescents, including individual, evidence-based psychological therapies. Medication management is offered through the Duke Pediatric Psychopharmacology Service. Family therapy is also available for adults and their children or adolescents identified with anxiety or mood problems.
The Duke Family Studies Program provides couples therapy, family therapy for adolescents with a wide variety of problems, parent management training, marital therapy, and general family therapy for enhancing communication and problem solving. A team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, expertly trained in family treatment methods, offers an up to date approach and skillful care.
The Duke OCD and Tourette’s Disorder Program provides diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and state-of-the-art psychological therapies for adolescents and adults.
The Duke Pediatric Psychology Program offers psychological and neuron-cognitive assessments of children and adolescents with medical, developmental, and learning disorders. Consultations to physicians, parents, and teachers are available to assist children and adolescents in adjusting to and coping with their illness.
The Duke Pediatric Psychopharmacology Service (Medication Management Program) offers diagnostic interviews and ongoing continuity-of-care clinics for the treatment of behavioral and emotional disturbances with medication. Expert faculty psychiatrists and resident physicians take an evidence-based approach to the use of medications to ensure the safest and most effective treatment of children and adolescents.
The Duke Preschool Program provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations of preschool children, ages 3-5, with possible disruptive, mood, anxiety, or other early onset emotional or behavioral disorders. In appropriate cases, medication management may be available.
The Duke Adolescent Substance Use Treatment Programs offer education, treatment and social support for adolescents with substance use disorders and their families. Services include a comprehensive evaluation, interpretive, outpatient counseling and monitoring, and intensive outpatient treatment or referral to more restrictive levels of care.
The Duke Center for Eating Disorders provides comprehensive, individualized treatment for the entire spectrum of eating and body image issues including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, childhood feeding disorders, picky and selective eating, food avoidance, and obesity.
The Durham Community Guidance Clinic (CGC) is a community-based outpatient practice providing psychosocial assessments and continuing care of children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disturbances. The CGC accepts Medicaid and offers a number of services, including individual therapy, family therapy, access to a developmental pediatrician, medication visits for CGC patients, direct consultation to several self-contained Exceptional Children’s Programs in Durham Public Schools, and liaison with social service agencies. A new Urgent Care Service (UCS) at the CGC offers same day or next day evaluations, linking patients referred from the Duke Hospital Emergency Department, Duke Children’s Hospital, local schools or community agencies to appropriate, continuing mental health services.
The Duke Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is committed to working closely with community-based health care, education, social services, and other professionals dedicated to the safety of our children and adolescents. We invite you to contact us to help advocate for the mental health care of young people.
Physicians and Staff
|Name||Areas of Special Interest|
|Melanie J. Bonner, PhD||Pediatric psychology; patients and families coping with chronic illness; psychological assessment of children and adolescents with medical, developmental, learning, and/or behavioral problems|
|Scott N. Compton, PhD||Assessment and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy for children and adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders|
|John F. Curry, PhD||Clinical child and adolescent psychology, psychological testing, individual and group psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, adolescent depression, substance abuse|
|Richard E. D'Alli, MD, MEd, ScM||Pediatric psychiatry evaluations, medication management of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders including autism, telemedicine, production of continuing medical education media and webinars, teaching|
|Michael D. De Bellis, MD, MPH||PTSD assessment, childhood maltreatment, healthy childhood brain and cognitive development, neuroimaging, adolescent substance abuse|
|Rachel E. Dew, MD, MHSc||General and child and adolescent psychiatry, mood disorders, ADHD|
|Helen L. Egger, MD||Preschool mental health with primary focus on children 18 months to six years old with anxiety and mood disorders|
|Patricia J. Gammon, PhD, MA||Assessment and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults; couples counseling; mood and anxiety disorders; young adult and university student concerns; cognitive behavioral therapy (adults and children)|
|David B. Goldston, PhD||Affective disorders and/or suicidal behavior in children and adolescents; training for parents with young, oppositional children|
|Kathryn E. Gustafson, PhD||Clinical child and pediatric psychology; learning disabilities; attentional disorders; developmental problems; psychological assessment of infants, children, adolescents and young adults with medical, learning, attentional and behavioral problems; illness coping; parenting|
|P. Susan Hazlett, PhD||Family therapy, couples therapy, individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults, parent training for ADHD and other childhood behavioral problems|
|Scott H. Kollins, PhD, MS||Externalizing behavior problems of childhood, child psychopharmacology, pediatric and adult ADHD|
|John G. Looney, MD, MBA||Diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families; substance abuse evaluation and treatment; individual and family therapy; forensic and organizational consultations|
|John S. March, MD, MPH||Clinical trials in adult and pediatric neurology, psychiatry, and pain; pediatric psychopharmacology, intervention, biomarkers/biosignatures|
|Gary R. Maslow, MD||Support and psychological treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic medical illnesses, including treatment for poor adherence, medical anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other problems adapting to chronic illness|
|Christian F. Mauro, PhD||Child and family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy for children and adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders|
|Karen J. O'Donnell, PhD||Global mental health research, child development and developmental assessment, research in the prevention of child maltreatment, developmental disabilities, parent-child relationships|
|Hima Ravi, MD||Evaluation and treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents|
|Gail A. Spiridigliozzi, PhD||School-aged children with developmental and learning issues, including learning disabilities, mental retardation, fragile X syndrome, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism; academically gifted children|
|Marla F. Wald, MD||Perinatal psychiatry, women's mental health, eating disorders, mood disorders, PMS, PMDD, postpartum depression|
|Barbara K. Walter, PhD, MPH||Clinical child and pediatric psychology; patients and families coping with chronic illness and disability; developmental, behavioral, and learning problems; psychological testing; individual and family therapy; adolescents; cognitive behavioral therapy|
|Karen C. Wells, PhD||Marital/couples therapy, general family therapy, family therapy for parent-adolescent problems, training for parents of children with disruptive behavior disorders|
|Nancy L. Zucker, PhD||Research focused on developing novel treatments for individuals with eating disorders and children who struggle with weight management; integration of family members into effective treatment strategies|
|Elizabeth J. Costello, PhD||Director of Research|
|Justin M. DeSua, MPA||Program Coordinator|
Clinic Hours & Locations
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Hours: Daily, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Pavilion East at Lakeview
2608 Erwin Road, Suite 300
Durham, NC 27705
Hours: Daily, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Integrative Coping Skills
Duke's Psychosocial Treatment Clinic will offer an integrative therapy group this fall that uses CBT principles and yoga-based practices to help children (ages 8-12) who experience somatic complaints related to stress, anxiety, or other types of psychological distress.
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