Our Mission:

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.

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Director, Steven Schlozman, MD



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As a department, we are immersed in education at every learner level. Our faculty teach at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels, at the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont and within the Psychiatry Residency and Child Psychiatry fellowship. We play a key role in educating those interested in taking care of children and families.



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Patient Care

Providers at the Pediatric Psychiatry Clinic promote the Vermont Family Based Approach (VFBA) to best take care of our patients and their families. With our proximity to the community, we strive to make partnerships and support community members working with children and families across Vermont and upstate New York. Our providers also participate in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Psychology Consult Service (CAPPCON) at the University of Vermont Medical Center, and the Vermont Child Psychiatry Access Program.

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Our research aims focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the developing child. Faculty research programs include child dysregulation and irritability and the risk and resilience of children and adolescents. We partner with the Research Center for Children, Youth, and Families (RCCYF), the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), and the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU). Within the research community, we also partner with individual investigators that align with our research focuses.

Highlighted news from the Child Psychiatry department:

  • Dickerson Explains How Love Works to Vermont Public
    February 14, 2024 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (FEBRUARY 14, 2024) Child and adolescent psychiatrist Jeremiah Dickerson, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, speaks to Vermont Public about what happens in your brain when you fall in love—and how it reacts when you’re falling out of love.
    Read full story at Vermont Public
  • Reconsidering Resilience: Insights from Copeland’s Research
    November 12, 2023 by Angela Ferrante
    Most children are exposed to adversity by the time they reach adulthood, but a portion of children stay free of mental illness despite trying circumstances. A recent study led by Professor of Psychiatry William Copeland, Ph.D., and supported by UVM researchers, challenges the notion that childhood resilience is common and explores possible solutions to this crisis via public health initiatives.
  • Schlozman Talks Fun vs. Fear with WCAX-TV
    October 31, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (OCTOBER 31, 2023) Steven Schlozman, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry, spoke with WCAX-TV about what parents should know about fun vs. fear when it comes to trick-or-treating—and scary things in general.
    Read full story at WCAX-TV
  • UVM Advances Child Brain Development Research
    August 15, 2023 by Angela Ferrante
    In 2021, University of Vermont neuroscientists received a $5.5 million National Institute of Health (NIH) grant to support the Phase II segment of the HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study. The HBCD Study, the largest long-term study of early brain and child development in the United States, aims to comprehensively collect data on brain development from birth through early childhood, shedding light on the factors that shape a young person's life trajectory.
  • WCAX Interviews Dickerson about Social Media’s Mental Health Toll on Teens
    May 17, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (MAY 17, 2023) Jeremiah Dickerson, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Larner College of Medicine and a child psychiatrist at the UVM Medical Center, was interviewed by WCAX-TV for a story on social media and teen mental health.
  • WCAX Interviews Rosenfeld about Child Mental Health Resources for Vermonters
    May 5, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (MAY 5, 2023) Whether or not the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the mental health crisis for young people that spiked over the past two years continues, child psychiatrist Andrew Rosenfeld, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, told WCAX-TV.
  • WCAX Interviews Rosenfeld about Impacts of Screen Time on Our Brains
    April 19, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (APRIL 19, 2023) Associate Professor of Psychiatry Andrew Rosenfeld, M.D., who for the past decade has focused his research on the impacts of screen time on our brains, spoke to WCAX-TV about weighing the costs and benefits of having time away from screens.
  • Dickerson Interviewed by ABC22 about Lasting Effects of School Threats, Lockdowns
    February 9, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (FEBRUARY 9, 2023) Jeremiah Dickerson, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, spoke to ABC22 about how stressful situations like school threats and lockdowns can impact emotional, behavioral, and even physical health.
    Read full story at ABC22
  • WCAX Interviews Dickerson about Rise in Behavioral, Emotional Issues in Kids
    February 1, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (FEBRUARY 1, 2023) Jeremiah Dickerson, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, spoke with WCAX-TV about an annual state child welfare report showing an increase in the number of Vermont children who are experiencing anxiety and depression.
    Read full story at WCAX-TV
  • Medical Alum Helps Establish Much-Needed VT Child Psychiatry Access Program
    January 10, 2023 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Psychiatrist Greta Spottswood, M.D., M.P.H., a Class of 2011 alum of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, directs and helped launch the Vermont Child Psychiatry Access Program to connect Vermont pediatric primary care providers with much-needed child psychiatry services.
  • Althoff Named Chair and Health Care Leader of Psychiatry
    August 2, 2022 by Ed Neuert
    University of Vermont Associate Professor of Psychiatry Robert Althoff, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Psychiatry and health care service leader for psychiatry, effective August 1, 2022.
  • WCAX-TV Interviews Dickerson about Long-Term Effect of Pandemic on Kids
    April 15, 2021 by Jennifer Nachbur
    (APRIL 15, 2021) Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Jeremiah Dickerson, M.D., was interviewed by local Burlington, Vt. CBS affiliate WCAX-TV for a story, titled "Should parents worry about pandemic’s long-term effects on kids?"
  • Copeland Study Evaluates College Student Wellness in a Pandemic
    December 23, 2020 by Jennifer Nachbur
    A study by UVM faculty members published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports that in a group of first-year university students, COVID-19 mitigation protocols had a modest, but persistent, impact on mood and wellness behaviors. Students enrolled in the university's wellness program, however, had improved mood levels and fewer attention problems.
  • Villanti, Copeland Named to List of World’s Most Influential Researchers
    November 19, 2020 by Jeff Wakefield
    UVM faculty members Andrea Villanti, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of psychiatry, and William Copeland, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, have been named to a list of the world’s most influential researchers - the Highly Cited Researchers list is compiled and published annually by Clarivate Analytics.
  • UVM Psychiatry Faculty Featured in Psychiatric News
    May 17, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    (MAY 17, 2019) A study by UVM researchers and colleagues involving the analysis of MRI scans of more than 2,000 14-year-olds who were enrolled in the multinational IMAGEN study of adolescent development, was featured in a Psychiatric News article, titled "Behavior Dysregulation Shows Altered Brain Activity in Teens."