It is my privilege to welcome and introduce you to the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute. It was my great privilege to be named Director of this storied division late in 2020, and I remain awed by the program’s tradition and history of many “firsts.”
Our nation’s first division of child and adolescent psychiatry was founded here by Dr. Leo Kanner, who first described childhood autism as we currently know it and authored the first American textbook of child and adolescent psychiatry. Additional firsts include the first longitudinal studies of children with autism, the first application of randomized controlled trials in pediatric psychiatry, and several landmark pediatric psychopharmacology trials. A disproportionate number of America’s most influential child and adolescent psychiatrists have been trained and/or made their home here. Our faculty is proud of our history of training the next generation of leaders in child and adolescent psychiatry, and has played an influential role in shaping training efforts at the national level by emphasizing the importance of developmental neuropsychiatry and neuroscience, integration with pediatrics, community service, and prevention.
Productive collaborations across Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute reflect our longstanding commitment to advancing the care of children and adolescents in the vulnerable communities we serve and in general medical settings. We are especially proud of our long history of advocacy targeting the stigma associated with neurodevelopmental and mental disorders, and strive to develop a workforce that reflects the vibrancy and diversity that surrounds us.
What I think you will find most impressive about our training program is the quality, dedication, and character of our faculty, trainees, and staff. This is a group that is not satisfied with “good enough,” yet values and supports one another as we work together to build and sustain a culture of excellence. If you think of your future work in child and adolescent psychiatry as a calling more than a job, if your aspiration is nothing short of excellence, and if you value working with connected and supportive others of like-mind, I very much encourage and welcome your interest. I am personally thrilled to be here, and suspect you will be as well.
Wishing you every success in your efforts,
John V. Campo, MD
Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor (PAR) and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins Hospital