For Families

Dear Families,

Welcome to the Semel Institute’s Division of Child Psychiatry’s website. We hope you will find that many of your questions about UCLA’s approach to mental health care for children and teens are answered in the following sections.

We offer a wide range of mental health services for children or teens with depression or bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, developmental disabilities/autism spectrum disorders, psychosis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and with histories of traumatic experiences ( You’ll find clinical services ( related to medication treatments, psychotherapy, group treatments, and inpatient or partial hospital programs (


UCLA has a long and proud history of research in child mental health problems. In the pages that follow, you will find a considerable amount of information on the Semel Institute’s ongoing research programs. Often, children and families get involved in treatment from enrolling in a clinical trial or another kind of research study. In addition to getting help for your child, participating in research contributes to the larger knowledge base about factors that affect the development of mental health disorders and the most effective forms of treatment for youth.