About Us

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry is a national leader in translational programs, combining world class teaching, research and integrated clinical programs. Our program’s comprehensive approach includes collaborations within the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and David Geffen School of Medicine. The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is devoted to understanding the biological, behavioral, and sociocultural underpinnings of childhood and adolescent development and behavior.



Director: JAMES T. McCRACKEN, MD
Joseph Campbell Professor of Child Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UCLA Semel Institute
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Dr. McCracken is a Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCLA. Dr. McCracken is widely known for his research in the biology and treatment of childhood psychiatric disorders. He directs the NIMH “Fast-Fail Trials in ASD” Network, and is a Project Director in the NICHD UCLA Autism Center of Excellence. Dr. McCracken’s research is focused on identifying targeted treatments for disorders such as autism, ADHD, OCD, and cognitive deficits associated with childhood psychiatric illnesses.

Dr. McCracken received medical and postgraduate training at Baylor College of Medicine, Duke University, and UCLA. He is the recipient of several honors and awards. He is listed in the Best Doctors in America, Super Doctors, and America’s Top Doctors databases.

Dr. McCracken has published more than 260 articles in the area of child psychiatry and serves on the editorial board of Molecular Autism.