Staying Close While Keeping Your Distance: Resources for a Pandemic

We here at the VCCYF recognize that the great levels of uncertainty and loss surrounding us may bring great levels of distress for youth and families. We are continuing to provide clinical care and evaluations via tele-health. We want to share with you the voices of our team sending ideas and messages for how you—and we—may cope with this difficult time. We hope these resources will help you find support.

Physician and patient

Patient Care

The VCCYF maintains a busy clinical service that considers the emotional and behavioral health of the entire family to designing multi-modal treatments. We use a Family Based Approach because children’s mental health is influenced by genetic and environmental factors, including caregivers’ own mental health.

Neuro Imaging


The VCCYF is active in research activities funded through the NIH, the State of Vermont, and national and international collaborations. Areas of research include genetic influences on child mental health, determinants of adolescent exercise behavior, gene-environment impacts on child self-regulation, neuroimaging correlates of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and the effects of early trauma.


Our Partners

We actively collaborate with colleagues in the Vermont Child Health Improvement Project (VCHIP), The University of Vermont Medical Center, and partners around the country and world. We have a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program along with a clinical psychology predoctoral internship program to train clinicians in our Family-Based Approach.


Department of Pediatrics

Department of Psychiatry

Our Mission Statement:

Through the use of health promotion, prevention, and intelligent intervention we strive to use the Family Based Approach with a long term goal of helping the well remain illness free, preventing at risk children from developing psychiatric illness and intervening comprehensively on behalf of the children and families challenged by emotional or behavioral disorders.

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Please View our Mission Video to Learn More


James J. Hudziak, M.D.

James J. Hudziak, M.D.
Director, Vermont Center for Children Youth & Families