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Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic

pmdcTreatment Mission

The Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with mood disorders. The clinic provides specialized training for child psychiatrists, medical students, psychiatric nurses, psychologists and social workers in the specialty of pediatric mood disorders. Our treatment team works to provide evidence based treatments for children and their families affected by mood disorders. Cognitive behaviorally focused group and family treatment also interface with our PIRAMD research team led by Amy West, PhD, who leads a team investigating psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents with mood disorders. Our approach is to collaborate with diverse schools and families building upon family strengths as they navigate their way to health.

Multidisciplinary Team

  • Director: Child Psychiatrist: Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD
  • Administrative Director: Advanced Practice Nurse: Julie Carbray, PhD, FPMHNP, PMHCNS, APN
  • Director of Psychosocial Research and Programs: Amy West, PhD
  • Director of Group Treatment Programs: Sally Weinstein, PhD
  • Child Psychiatry Fellows and Residents in General Psychiatry (MDs)
  • Psychology Interns and Externs
  • Social Work Interns
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Students
  • Medical Students

Treatment Menu

Diagnostic Evaluations: These comprehensive evaluations are completed by each of our multidisciplinary staff. We specifically serve children and adolescents with the spectrum of depression, bipolar disorders, and psychosis as it relates to mood disorders and comorbid conditions such as ADHD and anxiety as the rule than the exception.

Psychopharmacology: We provide evidence-based, step-wise management of medication to treat mania, depression, psychosis, aggression, comorbid ADHD and sleep problems in an organized systematic manner. We have researched this treatment method and gained promising outcomes from this careful approach.

Child and Family-Focused Therapy: Focused psychotherapy utilizes the following approaches to the treatment of mood disorders:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Family Psychoeducation

Rainbow Group Therapy - Bipolar Disorder: This is child- and family-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for children and adolescents with Bipolar Spectrum. Groups run a twelve week course with booster sessions that follow completion. Group members can learn:

  • How to monitor moods
  • How to manage mood instability and irritability
  • How to manage impulses
  • How to cope with school stresses
  • How to maintain self-esteem
  • How to use creativity

Parents join the group for 3 of the sessions. Parents are invited each week for the last five minutes of group while the children "show and tell" what was covered in-group. Parents will also participate in their own group with a therapist in learning about their child's progress. Parents learn to be coaches in applying their skills in helping the children.

Teen Girls Group - Depression: This is a group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for adolescent girls ages 13-18 with primary depressive spectrum disorders. The group runs for 12 weeks and focuses on coping with symptoms of depression, including:

  • Understanding the symptoms of depression
  • How to monitor moods
  • How to identify and change negative thoughts
  • How to communicate with peers and family
  • Developing relaxation and coping skills
  • Developing effective problem solving skills

Parents join the group for 3 of the sessions. Parents are invited each week for the last five minutes of group while the children "show and tell" what was covered in-group. Parents will also participate in their own group with a therapist in learning about their child's progress. Parents learn to be coaches in applying their skills in helping the children.

School Collaboration: We work with schools in joining their IEP meetings via teleconference. We actively liaise with teachers to provide quality education while offering counseling for parents with regards to the best learning environment suited for any specific individual.

The Young Child Clinic

The Young Child Clinic offers comprehensive assessments and treatment to children from birth through five years old who have social-emotional, behavioral, traumatic, and mental health difficulties. Following a three part evaluation, parents are provided a feedback session to discuss findings and recommendations.

Treatment at the Young Child Clinic is family centered and evidence-based. We welcome siblings, extended family, and all caregivers who have an important relationship with the child. Interventions are determined by the developmental age of the child, specific problem, and needs of the family and child. Behavior programs, parent skills training, and various types of therapies are the primary tools implemented. Medications may be necessary and are used to augment the other interventions after thoughtfully consideration and collaboration with the family. Coordination of care with schools, daycare centers, therapists, primary care physicians, and other medical specialists is included with treatment.

The Young Child Team is composed of specialists from child psychiatry, social work, and psychology. As part of the Clinic’s education mission, medical students and trainees from psychiatry, social work, psychology, nursing, family medicine, and pediatrics may join the team to enhance the multidisciplinary approach. 

To contact us for an appointment call: 312-996-7723
Intake staff will assist you with scheduling. Please be patient as they may need to call you back.

We look forward to helping you.

Diane M. Misch, M.D. Rhapsody Mason, LCSW
Director of The Young Child Clinic Coordinator of The Young Child Clinic