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Children's Health Council

Trust is key.

Working together, we empower children to become happier and more resilient. CHC’s clinical staff includes psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, educational specialists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists and more— all right here and ready to help your child, teen or young adult discover their promise and potential.

In addition to clinical appointments, our specialists share their expertise via blogs, community education sessions, parent consultations and more. We invite you to visit our Clinical Services team directory to get to know our staff.

Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Khasho is CHC’s Chief Clinical Officer and Director of Clinical Services for Sand Hill School. Dr. Khasho has over 20 years experience evaluating and treating children, teens and families. He specializes in pediatric anxiety and depression, ADHD, autism, forensic assessment and family therapy. Dr. Khasho explains, “Our specialists work together to bring all their knowledge and points of view to the table to discover what’s really going on with each child. Our highly-trained expert staff includes licensed psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, educational specialists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists–all right here and ready to help.”

Joan Baran, PhD

Clinical Director

Dr. Baran is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at CHC. She has over 20 years experience working with young children in a variety of settings. Her expertise includes infant and young child assessment, autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Dr. Baran speaks both English and Spanish. She is passionate about serving underserved populations and has been committed to this cause throughout her career. She believes in supporting and respecting families and building from childrens’ strengths.

Glen R. Elliott, PhD, MD

Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director

Dr. Elliott is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with over 30 years of working with children and adolescents who have severe psychiatric and behavioral disturbances that might respond to appropriate medications. In 2006, he authored Medicating Young Minds, which embodies his philosophy that “the decision to use or not to use medications is a serious one with both immediate and long-term implications, so parents need to be able to work closely with an expert to decide what is best for their child.” Beyond medications, he is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the related behavioral problems that often complicate lives of those with ASD, and anxiety and depression. Deciding when medications are not apt to help is at least as important as selecting the best-possible medication when one is needed.

Vivien Keil, PhD

Clinical Director

Dr. Keil specializes in the developmental evaluation of young children and neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents. She has over 15 years of experience working with children and families. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Following licensure, Dr. Keil worked at The Neurobehavioral Clinic and Counseling Center in Orange County with a focus on conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments of children and adolescents with both psychological and medical diagnoses. In addition, Dr. Keil was the supervising psychologist in the Department of Outpatient Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego where she focused on child and family therapy with diverse and underserved populations.

Lydia Flasher, PhD

Director of Psychology Training Programs

Dr. Flasher directs mental health training programs at CHC and is director of the APA-approved, Stanford-affiliated Doctoral Psychology Internship consortium. Her clinical specialties include psychological assessment in school age children and adolescents, cultural and family diversity, cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, disruptive behavior, anxiety and mood disorders. She also enjoys working with parents to promote children’s healthy psychosocial development and recovery from trauma and other stressful events and changes. She is a strong believer in fostering healthy lifestyles and physical fitness in children as essential ingredients in psychological well-being and happiness.

Vidya Krishnan, MD

Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Krishnan brings a wealth of clinical experience to her role at CHC. She believes in a comprehensive approach to mental health issues and aims for a collaborative approach to care with a strong emphasis on therapeutic interventions to complement the use of medications. She works to build a team of caregivers with common goals, frequently involving multiple stakeholders with an aim to utilize the various resources available in the community. She is passionate about the importance of improved access to mental health services and strives to work in diminishing the stigma surrounding mental illness at the individual, family and community level.

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My favorite thing about CHC is that the clinicians on my child’s team go out of their way to talk to each other about my son’s progress.
—CHC parent consultation participant