Child Development and Behavioral Health Clinic

The mission of the Child Development and Behavioral Health Clinic (CDBH) is to deliver high quality, family-focused diagnostic and treatment services for infants, children, and young adults (ages 0-24) with psychiatric, developmental, behavioral, and substance use illnesses in cooperation with other medical care providers, school systems, and social service agencies.

CDBH faculty and staff include child psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, child psychologists, a physician assistant, child psychiatric clinical social workers and licensed substance abuse counselors.

CDBH faculty members have also taken leadership roles in program development and service delivery systems at the local, state, and national level in professional organizations and on advisory panels focused on promoting the emotional, behavioral, intellectual, and developmental well being of youth.


The CDBH provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for a wide range of pediatric developmental, behavioral and psychiatric illnesses, including substance abuse. The CDBH also provides psychiatric consultation to Duke Children’s Hospital inpatients, Duke Children’s Health Center outpatients, Durham Public Schools, and community health centers.

Diagnostic services include:

  • comprehensive mental health and substance abuse evaluations
  • comprehensive developmental, behavioral and autism spectrum evaluations and testing
  • psychological testing

State-of-the-art treatment services include:

  • psychopharmacological (psychotropic medication) management
  • cognitive-behavioral and family therapies
  • the CAST Program for adolescent intensive outpatient substance use treatment and recovery
  • genetic counseling

CDBH faculty members participate in NIH, NICHD, National Fragile X Foundation, NIDA and SAMHSA funded clinical research in the areas of suicide prevention, fragile X genetic counseling and phenotype/genotype clinical correlation studies, interventions in Down syndrome and Pompe disease, autism spectrum disorders, and effective outpatient adolescent and young adult substance use treatments. These efforts occur in collaboration with other Duke University Medical Center research groups, including the Division of Medical Genetics.

Clinic Hours and Location

Child Development and Behavioral Health Clinic
402 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27705
Tel: 919-668-5559
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Substance Use Outpatient Program operates Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm.

Appointments and Contact Information

To serve our patients and referring physicians, faculty physicians covering pediatric psychiatry are always on call to answer questions and provide consultation.

  • For a new appointment, please call 919-668-5559.
  • For a return appointment, please call 919-668-5559.
  • To schedule an appointment online, log on to Duke MyChart.
  • For urgent calls during business hours, call the divisional office at 919-668-5559.
  • For urgent calls after business hours, on weekends, or on holidays, please call 919-684-8111 and ask the operator to page the child psychiatrist on call.
  • For physicians requesting consultations or making referrals, please call the divisional office at 919-668-5559 or the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 800-MED-DUKE (800-633-3853).