Academic and Clinical Excellence

The Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families is housed within the Department of Psychiatry and encompasses research at the University of Vermont, patient care at The University of Vermont Medical Center, and information for Primary Care Providers in the State of Vermont.

The Center brings together faculty, staff and trainees from psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, and genetics to fulfill our multiple missions of helping children and families with psychiatric illness, training the next generation of clinicians in integrated family based health promotion approaches, and performing critical research on genetic and environmental influences of important emotional and behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescence.

Physician and patient

Patient Care

The VCCYF maintains a busy clinical service that considers the emotional and behavioral health of the entire family to designing multi-modal treatments. We use a Family Based Approach because children’s mental health is influenced by genetic and environmental factors, including caregivers’ own mental health.

Neuro Imaging


The VCCYF is active in research activities funded through the NIH, the State of Vermont, and national and international collaborations. Areas of research include genetic influences on child mental health, determinants of adolescent exercise behavior, gene-environment impacts on child self-regulation, neuroimaging correlates of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and the effects of early trauma.


Our Partners

We actively collaborate with colleagues in the Vermont Child Health Improvement Project (VCHIP), The University of Vermont Medical Center, and partners around the country and world. We have a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program along with a clinical psychology predoctoral internship program to train clinicians in our Family-Based Approach.


Department of Pediatrics

Department of Psychiatry

Our Mission Statement:

Through the use of health promotion, prevention, and intelligent intervention we strive to use the Family Based Approach with a long term goal of helping the well remain illness free, preventing at risk children from developing psychiatric illness and intervening comprehensively on behalf of the children and families challenged by emotional or behavioral disorders.

Please view our Mission Video

James J. Hudziak, M.D.

James J. Hudziak, M.D.
Director, Vermont Center for Children Youth & Families