Leaving No Kid Behind

The Need For More Child Psychiatrists

Center for Bioethics faculty member J. Wesley Boyd coauthored this piece about the critical shortage of child phyciatrists in the United States.

Leaving No Kid Behind
By Nancy Rappaport and J. Wesley Boyd
June 13, 2017

In a study published last month, co-authored by J. Wesley Boyd, researchers posed as the parent of a 12-year-old in need of mental health care and called pediatricians and child psychiatrists in five cities across the United States seeking appointments. They were only able to secure appointments with 40 percent of pediatricians and a mere 17 percent of child psychiatrists, even if they had good insurance or were willing to pay out of pocket.