Tami Benton, MD is the Frederick Allen Professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is the Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chair of Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Chief of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She mentors clinical and research physicians, fellows, and post-doctoral trainees, many of whom are minority scholars, academic faculty members and community leaders. She directs the Child and Adolescent Mood Program and the Youth Suicide Prevention Center at CHOP, a multidisciplinary clinical and research program focused on depression and suicide among children and adolescents, with an emphasis upon minority youth. She was recently awarded the Shelly Leaphart-Williams Community Outreach Award by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Humanitarian Award by the Society of Biological Psychiatry in 2020, The McGavin award for advocacy by the American Psychiatric Association, The Virginia Q Anthony Women’s leadership award and the Jeanne Spurlock Award for Leadership in Diversity and Culture by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the President Elect for The American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry the President Elect of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2023). Dr. Benton’s career has been dedicated to developing leadership for a diverse child psychiatry workforce. Her mission- preparing the next generation of diverse physician leaders in pediatric healthcare and mental health and creating partnerships between communities and academic centers, will be critical for eliminating disparities in health care.
- Describe the prevalence and impacts of pediatric mental health conditions
- List existing barriers to access to mental health treatment
- Develop action plans for addressing the crisis of children’s mental health
This seminar was delivered as a Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on March 9, 2022.
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