Physician-Scientist Daniel Dickstein, MD, FAAP, Brings Child Psychiatry Expertise to McLean
July 12, 2021
Renowned physician-scientist Daniel P. Dickstein, MD, FAAP, has come to McLean Hospital to further his groundbreaking research on the biology of childhood psychiatric disorders—and to help improve mental health care for children, teens, and young adults.
Dickstein is uniquely trained and board-certified in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child/adolescent psychiatry. His broad expertise and experience as a pediatrician and psychiatrist are invaluable for a clinician-researcher who works closely with children and their families daily.
“It is a lot of fun to meet kids in our studies,” said Dickstein, “some who have psychiatric challenges and some who don’t—both to learn from them, and also to have a chance to show them their brain pictures after their MRI scans.”
Investigating the Brain and Behavior of Kids
He leads the PediMIND (pediatric mood, imaging, and neurodevelopment) Program at McLean. Using advanced technology, this program focuses on identifying the brain and behavior mechanisms associated with child psychiatric disorders and their impacts, including bipolar disorder, irritability, suicide, and non-suicidal self-injury. PediMIND seeks to improve how these problems are diagnosed, treated, and prevented.
“I’m so excited to move my PediMIND Program to McLean Hospital,” said Dickstein. “McLean is a world leader in partnering cutting-edge research with great clinical care.”
Dickstein uses a “brain-and-behavior-first approach.” Instead of starting with a diagnosis, he chooses to “let the biology speak for itself.”