Child and adolescent psychiatry is the most under-served psychiatric specialty; it may be the most under-served of all medical specialties. With 10 percent of America's youth suffering from a severe psychiatric disorder, and the vast majority of mental illnesses presenting before a young person enters their mid-20s, the need for child and adolescent psychiatrists is greater than ever before. This 10 minute film, produced by the Workforce Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and its Campaign for America's Kids, documents a "day in the life" of four young and engaging child and adolescent psychiatrists. One of them is the NYU Child Study Center's own Dr. K. Ron-Li Liaw. The Workforce Committee is chaired by the CSC's Dr. Jess Shatkin, our vice chair for education, who also acted as executive producer of the film.
Whether you are already familiar with the crucial work of child and adolescent psychiatrists in improving the lives of children and families, or you are learning about the field for the first time, the film provides terrific insight into their roles in children's lives. We hope you'll take a moment to watch it and share it with others.