American Family Children's Hospital
UW Health's psychiatry and psychology services emphasize assessment, treatment and management of physiological and psychological health. Our psychiatric staff provides a full range of services for children and adults through patient consultation, outpatient and inpatient care and programs.
Treatment and Therapies
A variety of therapies are available for individuals, couples and groups to meet the needs of patients. Psychotherapy - also called talk therapy, therapy or counseling - is a process focused on helping patients heal or learn more constructive ways to deal with problems or issues in their life. Psychobiological, or biopsychosocial, assessment and treatment refer to the examination of mental functioning and behavior in relation to biological (or physical) processes. A substances abuse treatment program and a program exploring the psychiatric causes and ramifications of sleep disorders are also offered.
Inpatient Care

University Hospital has an adult inpatient unit for treatment of mental or psychiatric disorders that cannot safely be treated on an outpatient basis. Services include assessment, interdisciplinary treatment planning, medication management and individual and group therapy. Comprehensive discharge planning refers patients for further treatment in their local communities.


The treatment team includes psychiatrists, a psychologist, psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists and social workers. Members of the treatment team may utilize other hospital consulting services as needed. Spiritual services are available to all patients.


The 18-bed Psychiatry unit offers private rooms. The unit is designed to provide a safe environment conducive to healing and recovery. A large, open day room and common areas create welcoming spaces for dining, connecting with others and recreation. Family and support persons are welcome to visit daily from 8am-9pm. Primary supports are welcome to stay overnight with nurse approval. Children 17 years old and younger may visit on B6/5 if they are supervised by an adult visitor.

Call (608) 263-7525 for more information about our inpatient unit.
Research interests include affective disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, psychotherapy, molecular neurobiology, functional brain imaging, the effects of emotions on health and sleep problems.