Oishei Children's Hospital

Children’s Psychiatry Clinic

At this clinic, you will be supervised by highly qualified faculty and staff as you evaluate children with a range of psychiatric problems.

This clinic, licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health, provides diagnostic and treatment services to Western New York youth experiencing emotional and/or behavioral disturbances or family relationship problems. It specializes in complex and difficult psychiatric disorders.

The clinic has separate teen and child/family waiting rooms with appropriate furniture, artwork, games and activity resources; a warm, welcoming family therapy and observation unit, the only one of its kind in the area; and a state-of-the-art observation room to help faculty and staff provide positive, comforting care.

The clinic sees more than 13,000 new cases annually with more than 500 active cases at any one time. Its patients, ages 2 to 18, come from a wide variety of backgrounds reflecting the ethnic makeup of Buffalo’s population. They use Medicaid and other forms of insurance.

Services include:

  • diagnostic assessment and evaluation
  • individual psychotherapies, including evidence-based treatment guides such as “Helping the Noncompliant Child” and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
  • family, parent-child and group psychotherapies
  • psychiatric evaluation and consultation
  • medication management
  • advocacy and consultation with schools, social services and other agencies
  • psychological and developmental evaluations
  • specialty clinics for children with chronic medical illnesss, autism spectrum disorders and eating disorders
  • pre-adoption evaluations

Patients at this clinic generally have full scale IQs of at least 60 and generally do not have severe substance abuse/dependency issues. Diagnoses handled include:

  • anxiety and mood disorders
  • disruptive disorders
  • PTSD
  • psychotic disorders
  • autism and pervasive developmental disorders
  • adjustment disorders
  • family problems

Faculty and Staff

  • child psychologists
  • master’s level social workers
  • child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • case manager

Patient Population

  • 60 percent male
  • 40 percent female
  • 45 percent African-American
  • 40 percent Caucasian
  • 10 percent Hispanic
  • 5 percent Native American