Daniel P. Dickstein Named Associate Chief of the Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

December 1, 2021

Daniel P. Dickstein, MD, FAAP, has been named associate chief of the Nancy and Richard Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at McLean Hospital.

Dickstein, who was recruited to McLean in 2020, will continue to serve as the division’s director of research and direct McLean’s PediMIND (pediatric mood, imaging, and neurodevelopment) Program.

The Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry cares for children ages 3 to 19 years who live with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, addiction, personality disorders, and other psychiatric disorders.

Two fully accredited schools provide educational opportunities for children needing specialized academic programming. The division also reaches into the community to support children and adolescents in every possible setting, including public and private schools and pediatrician’s offices.

“We were so delighted to recruit Dan a year ago to catapult our research efforts forward in pediatric behavioral health. And now, we are even more excited about his promotion to associate division chief, which will give him the platform to more fully integrate our clinical care, scientific discovery, and education of trainees—all to improve the lives of youth with mental health challenges,” said Joseph Gold, MD, McLean’s chief medical officer and chief of the Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

“This has long been an essential next step for our division, and even more so now amidst the behavioral health surge of the COVID-19 pandemic and simultaneously as we prepare for the new child campus here.”

Dr. Daniel Dickstein
Dr. Daniel Dickstein

Dickstein, a renowned clinician-scientist, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the Hall-Mercer Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at McLean, looks forward to bringing his unique perspective to the division.

“I am excited to work with, and learn from, Dr. Joe Gold, who created a wonderful division of child psychiatry at McLean that boasts a great leadership team, including Dr. Michael Macht-Greenberg, and an amazing and dedicated team of clinicians,” Dickstein said. “I also want to keep the division going strong in terms of clinical work and in growing academic and research partnerships.”

Joining the McLean community from Brown University in Rhode Island, where he engaged in research on the biology of childhood psychiatric disorders, Dickstein is a physician-scientist uniquely trained and board-certified in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry.

As he takes on this new role within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at McLean, Dickstein is committed to continuing his investigations and working toward improvements in mental health care for children, teens, and young adults.

“This position gives me a chance to integrate my interests in growing partnerships involving clinical care, research, and training,” said Dickstein on his new role. “I also look forward to creating new opportunities for collaboration with the other divisions at McLean, across Mass General Brigham, and in the greater Boston area.”

In addition to his clinical and research work, Dickstein is also well-known as an outstanding mentor. As a mentor he has helped more than five post-doctoral fellows receive career development (K) awards and multiple others receive NIH Loan Repayment Grants.

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