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This forum is sponsored by AACAP’s Physically Ill Child, Emergency Child Psychiatry, and the Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization Committees

Over the past month, our country has faced an unprecedented health crisis with the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the resulting pandemic that has shaken our health systems to the core. We have witnessed the tremendous morbidity and mortality of this crisis and how it has caused many of our health systems to rapidly develop strategies to address the surge in COVID-19 cases. This includes mitigation of infection risk, promotion of safety among staff and patients, as well as innovation to preserve personal protective equipment, promote social distancing, and leverage telehealth, while preserving a high standard of care for patients and families. Pediatric hospital-based care has been affected both directly and indirectly by these changes in child and adolescent psychiatric care with the hospital setting being impacted in intended and unintended ways. We convene this forum, through the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, to reflect on the experiences, both successes and challenges, as well as lessons learned, from leaders in hospital-based child and adolescent psychiatric care across different localities and along the continuum of COVID-19 response planning. 


  • Reflect upon current and past experiences at several health systems in the administrative, clinical, education, and staff-related stress response activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Examine innovations in care, training, and support to health system workflow and wellness in the setting of the current health crisis.
  • Identify the potential impacts of the COVID-19 response among health systems to current and future mental health practice in pediatric hospital-based settings.
  • Discuss anticipated and unanticipated challenges in the pediatric hospital-based response to COVID-19 as well as lessons learned that will inform continued and future response to this pandemic.

Outline of Forum

  • Introduction of Forum and Speakers 
  • Address from AACAP President
  • Review of Hospital-Based Care Along Four Domains 
    • Each domain will include a 10 minute presentation and 20 minutes for questions and discussion
      • Administrative Issues and Staffing
      • Clinical Service Delivery
      • Training and Education 
      • Staff Stress Response and Psychological Trauma


Gabrielle Carlson, MD
AACAP President

Patrick Kelly, MD
Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency Unit
Co-Director, Child and Adolescent Consultation / Liaison Services
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Maryland Pao, MD
Clinical & Deputy Scientific Director, National Institutes of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland

Speaker Panel

Khyati Brahmbhatt, MD
Director- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service (PPACT)
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Benioff Children's Hospital,
Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Benioff Children's Hospital, University of California, SF

Beau Carubia, MD
Medical Director Consultative Division, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Associate Program Director Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Vera Feuer, MD
Director, Pediatric Emergency Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Urgent Care, Cohen Children's Medical Center
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine, Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine

Anik Jhonsa, MD
Medical Director of Emergency Psychiatric Services, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Nasuh Malas, MD, MPH
Director, Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Health System

Matthew B. Perkins, MD, MBA, MPH
Medical Director, Children and Family Services
New York State Office of Mental Health