Ron J. Steingard, MD

Ron J. Steingard

Associate Medical Director; Senior Pediatric Psychopharmacologist
Child Mind Institute

Ron J. Steingard, MD is a nationally known and respected child psychiatrist, a service innovator and an ardent and steadfast advocate for children. Dr. Steingard has been a leader in the field with over 30 years of experience in child psychiatry. Dr. Steingard is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of children and teens with behavioral and psychiatric problems. He has worked with, written about, and conducted research regarding children with a variety of behavioral and psychiatric problems. The focus of his research has been on ADHD and depression in children, but he has also done extensive work with children and adolescents with bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, OCD, anxiety disorders and eating disorders.

Dr. Steingard comes to the Child Mind Institute and to New York following a remarkable career in Massachusetts that had great impact on the field of child psychiatry in that state and across the nation.

During 25 years at Harvard Medical School, he served as the Associate Director of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1988 to 1991 before establishing the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at Children's Hospital Boston. Under his leadership, the program at Children's became a nationally recognized center for clinical service, research and training. In 1997, Dr. Steingard became the Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School, and he later served as interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital. During this time, he also conducted research regarding the cause and the treatment of psychiatric and behavioral problems in children and adolescents, and helped to train a generation of child psychiatrists. 

In 2001, he was recruited to become the Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and serve as a professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. By 2011, Dr. Steingard was the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Medical Officer for Commonwealth Medicine, the school's public healthcare consulting arm.

While in Boston, Dr. Steingard also formed a long-lasting partnership with LADDERS, the integrated autism care clinic founded by Margaret Bauman, MD, and an early leader in comprehensive, early interventions for developmental disorders.

In addition to providing direct care to children and adolescents, Dr. Steingard has a strong interest in creating initiatives that promote public health. He developed a program called the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP), which dramatically increased the availability of care and currently serves over 95% of children in the state. MCPAP was recognized by the Kennedy School of Government as one of the leading innovations in government in 2011. The project also stressed the importance of a well-educated primary care physician and was designed specifically as a "knowledge transfer" to train pediatricians in basic psychiatric practice.

Dr. Steingard has served as the president of the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was a member of the Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the American Psychiatric Association and served as an advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services on issues concerning children and scientific research.  Dr. Steingard has also served on the Editorial Board of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the most prestigious journals in the field.

Dr. Steingard earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University.  Following an internship in general psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Dr. Steingard completed an adult psychiatric residency and a child psychiatry fellowship at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He was appointed a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and remained affiliated with its teaching hospitals for 25 years.

Dr. Steingard has authored many influential papers and chapters on child psychiatry, pediatric psychopharmacology and neuroimaging. He co-authored a "first of it's kind" technical manual for Latin American physicians, which was translated and distributed in countries throughout Central and South America. He has been an actively funded clinical researcher studying medication treatments in children and using brain imaging to study the causes of psychiatric illness in children. He has also published over 70 articles in the area of child psychiatry.

Dr. Steingard is an indispensable voice in children's mental health care and research locally, nationally, and around the world.

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