Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists

Child and adolescent psychiatrists are physicians with advanced training who work with children and adolescents.  They are able to prescribe medications and have expertise in child and adolescent psychiatric disorders as well as understanding the ways in which physical disorders can affect behavior.  They prescribe medication only when it seems the most appropriate course, and typically prescribe it only as one part of a larger plan to help your child.  Often, medication is prescribed in conjunction with therapy or specialized tutoring. Children’s Health Council psychiatrists help with evaluations; consult with kids and parents about treatment options; provide medication management and offer individual therapy and parent counseling as needed.  

Areas of expertise include:  autism spectrum disorders, disruptive disorders that cause problems with attention, impulsiveness and atypically high physical activity, as well as internalizing disorders that can result in anxiety, depression, obsessive behaviors and problems with reality testing.

Glen R. Elliott, PhD, MD
Chief Psychiatrist & Medical Director

  • Glen R. Elliott, PhD, MD

    Dr. Elliott diagnoses and treats severe psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. An internationally known expert in psychoactive medications, he is the author of Medicating Young Minds: How to Know if Psychiatric Drugs Will Help or Hurt Your Child.

    Before joining Children's Health Council , Dr. Elliott was Director of the Children's Center at Langley Porter, University of California, San Francisco, for over 17 years.

    Education and Degrees

    • MD, Stanford School of Medicine 
    • PhD, Stanford School of Medicine (Neuro- and Biobehavioral Sciences)
    • Psychiatry Intern, Stanford School of Medicine                                            
    • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
    • Macy Fellow, Harvard University, Health Policy
    • MacArthur Fellow, Harvard University, Mental Health Research
    • General Psychiatry Resident, McLean Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine
    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident, Stanford School of Medicine
    • BS, Michigan State University (Chemistry)

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Medical License
    • Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry)
    • Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

    Professional Affiliations

    • UCSF faculty, currently Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
    • Stanford School of Medicine, Clinical Professor (Affiliated) Psychiatry


    • Listed in Best Doctors of America
    • Recognition for service from The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Teaching Award from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford
    • Teaching Award, from General Psychiatry Residents at University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
    • UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Community Service

    Recent Presentations

    • Presentations on topics related to medication use for behavioral and psychiatric problems in child and adolescents as well as autism, bipolar disorder, and ADHD

    Recent Publications

    • Elliott, G.R., with Kelly, K.  Medicating Young Minds:  How to Know If Psychiatric Drugs Will Help or Hurt Your Child. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, (2006).