Specialty Overview

The child and adolescent psychiatrist has additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of developmental, behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders of childhood and adolescence.

Specialty Description

Child and adolescent psychiatry is a medical subspecialty that involves working with children, adolescents and their families with emotional and behavioral illnesses.

Child and adolescent psychiatry:

  • Uses a knowledge of neurological, biological, psychological and social factors to treat patients

  • Offers a stimulating and rapidly evolving field

  • Provides opportunities for prevention and early intervention to improve quality of life

Child and adolescent psychiatrists spend meaningful time with patients, have the ability to make a major difference in children’s lives and:

  • Combine art and science to treat their patients' emotional, behavioral and psychical illnesses

  • Establish long-term relationships with patients and their family members

  • Fulfill the tremendous need for more child and adolescent psychiatrists

The field offers diverse and flexible practice options with outstanding job opportunities and remuneration including:

  • Private practice in solo or group settings

  • Research and teaching

  • Consultation to schools, hospitals, courts or other agencies

  • Advocacy for child mental health and public policy

The field offers flexibility of work hours with a lifestyle that can be tailored to career as well as family, such as:

  • Opportunities for part-time work

  • Excellent job-family balance

  • Top number of job offers per resident on graduation

  • Highly competitive salaries

  • Worldwide geographic opportunities

Related Training


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
3615 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.  
Washington, DC 20016