Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
Map & directions
Rm. 126
713 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-3145

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic is an interdisciplinary, outpatient training facility providing diagnostic evaluation and treatment services to children and adolescents (through the age of 18) and their families referred from the community and departments of Upstate Medical University.


David V Keith, MD

David V Keith, MD
Appointed 10/03/88
143 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
713 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-5540

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, 1975
  • Internship: West Virginia University Hospital, 1968
  • MD: University of Minnesota Medical School, 1967

Clinical Interests

  • Family Therapy Families and chronic illness

Research Interests

  • Family systems and chronic illness Doctor/patient relationships

Specialties & Certification

  • Psychiatry
  • Child Psychiatry


  • Adults and Children


  • Psychopharmacology


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Keith DV, Connell GM and Connell LC. Defiance in the family: finding hope in therapy. Philadelphia, PA: Brunner-Routledge. 2001.

Prosky P and Keith DV (eds). Family therapy as an alternative to medication: an appraisal of pharmland. New York: Brunner-Routledge. 2003.

Book Chapters:

Keith DV. The child in the therapist and the old man in the child: psychosomatic symptoms and children. In: S McDaniel, J Hepworth, W Doherty (eds), The shared experience of illness, stories of patients, families and their therapists. New York: Basic Books. 1997.

Keith, DV. Symbolic-experienced family therapy for chemical imbalance. In: F Dattilio (ed), Case studies in couple and family therapy: Systemic and cognitive perspectives. New York: The Guilford Press. 1998.

Journal Articles:

Keith DV. Family therapy, chemical imbalance, blasphemy, and working with children. AFTA Newsletter. 1998;72:21-25

Souid AK, Keith DV, Cunningham AS. Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Clinical Pediatrics. 1998;37:497-504.

Keith DV & Kaye DL. Consultation with the extended family: Primary process in clinical practice. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. July 2001.

Faculty Profile Shortcut:

The Clinic's faculty and complement of trainees represent the disciplines of:

  • Psychiatry
  • Clinical psychology
  • Psychiatric social work

Trainees are involved in the delivery of clinical services to patients, supervision of which is provided by faculty members of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Referrals to the Clinic may originate from other departments in Upstate Medical University and from the community at large. There are no geographical limitations to the area served, though prospective patients living within the service area of a similar resource may be referred to that organization. To make a referral or for more information please contact the Clinic Secretary at 315-464-3145.

Referring agencies and professionals are requested to advise patients to call the Clinic directly themselves. Preliminary screening over the phone by the social work staff assesses the request for aid and an intake appointment is scheduled or other appropriate community resources are suggested.

The Services/Treatments

The Clinic furnishes outpatient services to a wide variety of patients covering the spectrum of ages, problems and referral sources. Evaluation and treatment services provided to patients include a range of relevant diagnostic procedures and treatment modalities.

Evaluations are conducted by interdisciplinary diagnostic teams or by individual trainees. Evaluations may span a period of 3-4 weeks and may include:

  • Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Program
  • Child Abuse Project
  • Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • Conferences with school and other community agencies involved in the case
  • Conjoint interviews with parents
  • Excellence iN Health Care for Abused and Neglected ChildrEn (ENHANCE)
  • Family interviews
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual interviews with a parent
  • Interviews with the child or adolescent
  • Psychological testing
  • School and home visits

Evaluations are completed with a summary interview(s) with parents in which the results and recommendations of the evaluation are discussed. When appropriate, the summary interview may include the child or adolescent, or a separate summary interview may be scheduled for him.

Treatment services offered through the Clinic include various individual psychotherapies with children and adolescents, individual and conjoint psychotherapy with parents, and family therapy. Short-term or time-limited psychotherapy with children and/or parents are used when the presenting problems and the nature of the case warrant the use of these modes of treatment.