About Us


Jim Hudziak1Message from the Director

The Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families is housed in the Department of Psychiatry and encompasses research at the University of Vermont, patient care at The University of Vermont Medical Center, and information for Primary Care Providers in the State of Vermont. The VCCYF hopes to contribute to the understanding of why some children suffer from psychiatric illness while others do not. In our applied research we aim to improve the utility of using telemedicine technology to deliver family based health care to our most vulnerable families in rural settings. Our teaching team works with medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows, nurses and physicians around the State of Vermont to debunk and demystify damaging misconceptions about child psychopathology and wellness. Our long term goal is to bridge the gap between research and practice by providing scientifically informed family care and therapeutic supports to the children and families we serve.

James J. Hudziak, M.D.
Professor, Psychiatry, Medicine & Pediatrics
Director, Vermont Center for Children Youth & Families
Thomas M. Achenbach Chair in Developmental Psychopathology
UVM College of Medicine

History of Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families

The VCCYF was developed in 1999 and James Hudziak, M.D. became Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The Division is active in research activities funded through the NIH, State of Vermont funding, and national and international collaborations in research. In 2007, with the consolidation of the Research Center for Children, Youth, and Families, and the endowment of Dr. Hudziak as the first Achenbach Endowed Chair in Developmental Psychopathology, Dr. Hudziak became the Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families. In 2009 he became a Special Professor at Erasmus University, Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. These two appointments have formalized collaborations between the VCCYF and the leading Dutch research institutions.