SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry
Roumen Nikolov, MD
Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Associate Chief of Service, Behavioral Health Service
Cathryn A. Galanter, MD
Child and Adolescent Fellowship Director
Child and Adolescent Fellowship Coordinator
For details on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and on how to apply, please contact Dr. Cathryn Galanter or Barbara Gamboni.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers an array of behavioral health services to children and families in need. Most of these services are housed at our clinical affiliate, Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC).
Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program
An interdisciplinary team of subspecialty trained clinicians is available to provide evaluation and emergency care for children and families in need.
Child And Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Service
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Service (CAPIS) of KCHC is certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to provide care for up to 45 children and adolescents. In order to offer developmentally appropriate programming the service is divided into three self-standing units: adolescent girls12 through 17 years of age, adolescent boys 12 through 17 years of age and children under the age of 12. All patients are admitted from KCHC CPEP or pediatric hospital units.
Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service
The Child and Adolescent Consultation-Liaison Service is a subspecialty consultation service available to hospital pediatric and medical services for patients under 18 years of age presenting with psychiatric symptoms. Its services include psychiatric evaluation, psychiatric treatment during medical hospitalization, assistance with disposition and discharge planning for patients with psychiatric co morbidities.
Intensive Crisis Stabilization And Treatment Program
The ICST Program provides up to 12 weeks of intensive services to children and adolescents, ages 5-17, who are at imminent risk of psychiatric hospitalization and/or are in the midst of an acute crisis. Clinicians meet with the child/adolescent and their family in their home, school and/or community. ICST clinicians are available to their clients and families in case of crisis by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although professionals may directly contact the program director with referrals, all patients are screened through the KCHC emergency services.
Outpatient Clinic (OPD)
The OPD is a multidisciplinary diagnostic and therapeutic clinic serving children and adolescents living in the borough of Brooklyn who are younger than 18 years old. We work with children and adolescents who present with a range of emotional, behavioral, social, and school problems, with the exception of some developmental delays and substance abuse. Our services include walk-in evaluations and ongoing outpatient treatment, including individual, group, and family psychotherapy, parent counseling, and medication management. Walk-in hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Clinic treatment appointment hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Developmental Evaluations Clinic
The DEC provides diagnostic and treatment services for children from birth to age 17 who exhibit developmental disabilities, including lags in intellectual, language, or motor skills (e.g. intellectual disability, autism, learning disabilities, or other neurological dysfunctions). Diagnostic services include: psychosocial, psychological, psychoeducational/neuropsychological, speech and language, neurological, and psychiatric evaluations. Ongoing treatment services following evaluation include: individual/family therapy and medication management. Services are provided by appointment only Monday thru Friday.
There is an Infant and Child Learning Program, run by Dr. Hittelman. This child service is currently the only one based at SUNY. Young children with/or at risk for developmental problems are evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team and can attend early intervention and day care. Children and their parents also can receive testing, psychotherapy, and assistance with advocating appropriate services in the New York City Public Schools.