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Pediatric Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Professionals

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we're committed to helping all healthcare professionals improve the quality of life for children with mental and behavioral health conditions. Get the latest in pediatric mental health information to better your practice, improve the lives of your patients and learn about developments within our mental health programs.

Youth mental health toolkit

This pediatric mental health toolkit is made up of five primary "actions" that you can facilitate in succession, or could be implemented independently. We often refer to the activities as "actions" to emphasize that we are empowering youth to learn to advocate and create change, not just guide them through a classroom-type activity.

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Research and innovation

Our mental health researchers are currently conducting more than 30 studies that deepen our understanding of the genetic and experiential underpinnings of mental health and mental illness. This impacts how families, therapists, nurses, physicians, teachers and other community members can make a difference in the lives of our children.

Read more about our research efforts

Professional resources

Charting Pediatrics is a weekly podcast for pediatric healthcare providers. In this series, specialists from Children's Hospital Colorado examine the latest treatments for the most common complaints in pediatric medicine. Listen and subscribe on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts and Google Play.


School Anxiety and School Refusal in Kids

Jessica Malmberg, MD, Clinical Director of Outpatient Services at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute, talks through a common behavioral issue of school-aged children – school refusal – and provides insights, advice and tools to help prevent, manage and understand this behavior.

Teen Suicide: Risk Factors, Screening and Prevention

In this episode, we discuss teen suicide with Jenna Glover, PhD, MS, Director of Clinical Psychology Training in our Pediatric Mental Health Institute.

ADHD Medication Management

In this episode, we discuss attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) medication management with Marissa Schiel, MD, Medical Director of our Outpatient Psychiatry Program.

Pediatric mental health news

Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Do Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Experience Differential Medication Receipt in the Emergency Department?

March 27, 2019

The primary objective of this study was to describe analgesia administration between neurotypical (NT) individuals and those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosed with appendicitis or long bone fractures in the emergency department (ED).

Journal of Adolescent Health

Long-term Outcomes of Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa on Bone

February 27, 2019

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a chronic and life-threatening eating disorder that can have a considerable negative impact on the growing skeleton. We hypothesized that the long-term impact on bone health may persist even after normalization of body weight.

JAMA Pediatrics

Association of Constellations of Parental Risk with Children's Subsequent Anxiety and Depression

January 7, 2019

This research focused on if children of parents with alcohol use disorder has eclipsed the potentially wider-reaching detrimental effects of subclinical parental drinking, both alone and in combination with other parental risk factors.

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