Dr. Elliott is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a longstanding interest in improving the diagnosis and treatment of severe psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. He was Director of The Children’s Center at Langley Porter at UCSF from 1989-2006, retiring as an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. Since July 2006, he has been Chief Psychiatrist for Children’s Health Council (CHC) and also serves as its Medical Director. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (Affiliated) in the Stanford School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director of Training for Stanford’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program.
Dr. Elliott received a Ph.D. and M.D. from Stanford School of Medicine, did general psychiatry residency training at McLean Hospital, one of the Harvard programs, and completed a child and adolescent psychiatry residency at Stanford School of Medicine.
As a clinician and as a researcher, Dr. Elliott strives to clarify the appropriate use of psychoactive medications in relieving the distress of children and adolescents with severe mental illnesses while minimizing risks to their immediate welfare and long-term development. In 2006, he authored Medicating Young Minds, a book for parents facing that difficult decision.