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Latest Edition of Top Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Textbook Highlights the Changes and Challenges Posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 21, 2021 – With a National Mental Health Emergency declared for our nation's children in light of the pandemic, American Psychiatric Association Publishing has released the third edition of Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a foundational resource for clinicians in the field. Edited by Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., the new edition includes the most up-to-date research and clinical advances, including expanded chapters on telehealth and working with primary care and subspecialty pediatrics in mental health treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each chapter has been updated and 12 chapters are entirely new. The textbook offers two completely new chapters on pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry, addressing its history, clinical practice models, consultation strategies and interventions.

Dulcan’s textbook addresses a wide range of topics across 49 chapters by experts in a variety of child mental health disciplines. Among the topics covered are:

  • Neurological Examination, Electroencephalography, Neuroimaging, and Neuropsychological Testing
  • Autism Spectrum Disordersv
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Eating and Feeding Disorders
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Telemental Health and e-Mental Health Applications with Children and Adolescents
  • Youth Suicide
  • Multiple chapters on psychosocial and psychopharmacological treatment
  • Systems of Care, Wraparound Services, and Home-Based Services
  • Collaborating with Primary Care

“During the pandemic, the need for evidence-based mental health services for children, adolescents and families has become even more urgent,” said Dulcan. “This book provides updated practical clinical guidance across the spectrum of care.”

Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago, and a member of the Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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