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Adelaide Robb, M.D., appointed Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s National Health System

October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Children’s National Health System announces that Adelaide Sherwood Robb, M.D., will become the chief of the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Robb also serves as a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and is an internationally respected expert and clinical trials leader in both pediatric psychopharmacology and the development of new therapeutic approaches for children with psychiatric and behavioral conditions. 

During her 20 year career at Children’s National, Dr. Robb’s work has focused on many aspects of child behavioral health, including anxiety and depression, bipolar disorders, attentional deficits and autism. She is currently the division chief of Psychology and Behavioral Health at Children’s National, and an internationally known clinical researcher who participates in and leads pediatric therapeutic trials. 

“After conducting an exhaustive national search, we’re thrilled to find that the best candidate for this leadership role is right here at Children’s National,” says Roger J. Packer, M.D., senior vice president of the Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine. “Dr. Robb accepts this leadership role at an important milestone for Behavioral Health care as we open our new inpatient unit and expand outpatient services across the area.”

As chief, Dr. Robb will lead a team of nationally recognized educators, research leaders and specialists who are experts in the care of children and teens with emotional and behavioral disorders. The program features comprehensive inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care tailored for specific conditions and family support to address social, educational and emotional difficulties that accompany psychiatric disorders. The clinical efforts are accompanied by a multidisciplinary research program that seeks to identify new treatment options and interventions for children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 and their families. 

Dr. Robb is board certified in psychiatry and child psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She graduated from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed a residency program in general psychiatry there. She also completed both a psychiatry residency and a molecular genetics fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Robb joined Children’s National Health System as a fellow in child/adolescent psychiatry, and remained at Children’s National after finishing the fellowship.  

Contact: Jennifer Stinebiser | 703-568-8825 | 202-476-4500

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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