Child psychiatry and behavioral sciences – Our team
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis Children's Hospital is composed of 16 full-time child psychiatrists and psychologists augmented by clinical faculty members. They practice in numerous locations, including the Department of Psychiatry's outpatient clinic, the UC Davis MIND Institute, UC Davis Children's Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California, the Sacramento County Department of Mental Health, River Oaks Center for Children and the California Department of Mental Health.
The department oversees an accredited two-year child and adolescent psychiatry training program and a one-year postdoctoral program in psychology that focus on community-based programs and neurodevelopmental research.
Thomas F. Anders, M.D.
Child psychiatrist Thomas F. Anders was instrumental in establishing the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center in 1996 and the UC Davis MIND Institute in 1998. He is a recognized authority in developmental psychiatry and the application of psychopathology in treating children and adolescents for psychiatric disorders. He also conducts research on pediatric sleep patterns, notably in children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a member of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, American College of Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association and the Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research.
David Hessl, Ph.D.
David Hessl conducts cognitive, emotional and behavioral evaluation of children and adolescents who have neurodevelopmental disorders, including fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and learning disabilities. His expertise also encompasses developmental psychopathology, particularly mood and anxiety disorders. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development.
Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.
Sally Ozonoff specializes in assessment and treatment of people with autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities, particularly dyslexia. She has extensive experience in developing and conducting Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-Handicapped Children (TEACCH-model) home programs for autistic preschool children. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development.
Sally Rogers, Ph.D.
Sally Rogers evaluates cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional and adaptive functioning of children who have autism. She also treats patients with developmental disabilities, especially young children with autism or mental retardation. She conducts research investigating early, abnormal developmental processes, and studies how children with severe disabilities develop motor skills, language skills and social relationships. She is a member of the American Association for Mental Retardation, the Autism Society of America Society for Research in Child Development and the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps.