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The Department of Psychiatry at Children's National Hospital was founded by the late Reginald S. Lourie, M.D., and is one of the oldest in the nation. Alumni and faculty have become leaders in the field of child psychiatry, held notable positions in regional, national and international organizations, conducted seminal research studies and lectured widely on child mental health issues.

Education is a core component of the departmental mission and teaching is a high priority for the faculty. In addition to training child and adolescent psychiatry fellows in our program, we are a training site for general psychiatry residents and child and adolescent psychiatry fellows from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, general psychiatry residents and medical students from George Washington University, general psychiatry residents from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and general psychiatry residents from Howard University.

The faculty members also participate in the training of psychology interns, pediatric residents and fellows, and child neurology residents from Children's National as well as senior medical students from regional and national medical schools.