The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine provides a continuum of behavioral health services including inpatient, outpatient and hospital and community consultations for youth with a wide spectrum of developmental, psychiatric and behavioral problems.

The programs at Seattle Children’s Hospital are in the top tier of pediatric behavioral sciences services in the country and are recognized as a national and regional resource. Children’s leads in areas including mood disorders, autism spectrum disorders, coexisting medical and psychiatric illness, early-onset psychosis and remote consultation using telemedicine links. Research is particularly active in psychiatric genetics, developmental psychopathology and health services related to understanding the origins, course and treatment of mental illness in children and adolescents.

In conjunction with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children’s is a center of clinical training, research and pediatric mental healthcare for the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho). The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Children’s is proud of its tradition as a leader in advancing knowledge of the origins and treatment of mental illnesses in youth, training clinician scientists and improving access to care. We are committed to growing these efforts to reach increasing numbers of children and families in need.


  • Kyle Benner, MD
  • Rebecca Hopkinson, MD
  • Megan Chiarelli, MD
  • Nisha Warikoo, MD
  • Cassie Yu, MD
  • Andy Adler, MD
  • Arjun Bansal, MD
  • Jeffrey Chen, MD
  • Erin Dillon, MD
  • Alicia Jorgenson, MD