Message 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.
In 2002, David Rettew, M.D. became the Director of the Pediatric Psychiatric Clinic at The University of Vermont Medical Center in the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families. The clinic is active in patient care through The University of Vermont Medical Center. This includes a busy outpatient clinic, family and child psychotherapy supervision, and a wide range of consultations to various community agencies and schools. In 2008, Dr. Rettew became the Director of the Child Psychiatry Fellowship program which began taking its first fellows in July of 2009.
In 2012, the collaboration with the American Psychology Association and the UVM Clinical Psychology Internship Program was launched. The Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP) at UVM is a training program within the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology. Specifically, training takes place at both the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families (VCCYF) and the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center (BTPC). Drs. Rex Forehand and James Hudziak became the Senior Advisors for the program and Drs. Karen Fondacaro and Masha Ivanova are the Internship Co-Directors for the program.