OUR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE BY REFERRAL ONLY.
Recognizing Behavioral Shifts
It’s estimated that there are 15 million children and adolescents living with a mental health disorder in America. Poor mental health can impact a child’s overall health and wellness. It’s important that parents recognize sudden behavioral shifts – like anger, excessive worrying, and persistent sadness – and not be hesitant to seek help from a mental health professional.
Treatment for Healthy Living
In Northeast Texas, there is an incredible need for mental health services and our skilled child and adolescent psychiatrists at UT Health Northeast are helping patients throughout the region. We believe in treating the whole child and we work with children over the age of three to address all aspects of healthy living. Once our experts understand a patient’s history, they create an individualized comprehensive treatment plan with family involvement. Treatment plans consist of lifestyle changes, education, and referral to community resources.
For the Parent
Every child deserves the proper diagnosis and treatment that will help establish a healthy lifestyle in childhood. As a parent you may wonder if your child’s behavior is part of growing up or due to a more serious condition. If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, talk to your primary care physician to get a referral to our facility.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Anxiety disorders
- Autism with related behavioral problems
- Developmental disorders
- Tic disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Posttraumatic stress disorders
The Behavioral Health Clinics are located on the back side of UT Health. Take the road behind the building and park in lot F. The entrance to the building is in Zone F. View the campus map.
Dr. Andrews is a licensed psychologist, with board certification in forensic psychology. He works in the Internal Medicine Clinic and in the Center for Healthy Aging. Dr. Andrews works throughout our behavioral health department seeing children and adolescents, adults, and seniors. He is also trained to conduct psychological as well as neuropsychological testing to help assess, diagnose, and treat patients with neurological, medical, developmental, or psychiatric conditions. He has interests in oncology, spirituality, depression, and ethics, and he is a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor. For over 35 years, Dr. Andrews has also helped people as a hospital chaplain, pastoral counselor, and marriage and family therapist. He has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, as well as a master’s of divinity and a doctorate in ministry.Referral only
Specialties: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
HealthConnection Episodes: Pre-teen Depression
Dr. Richard Idell is a behavioral health expert who specializes in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. A native East Texan, Dr. Idell has a special interest in helping patients who have a type of depression that is treatment resistant, known as Treatment-Refractory Depression. His research efforts include new approaches for treating childhood depression, so that young people can live happier, healthier lives.
Specialties: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
HealthConnection Episodes: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr. Ray Scardina specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, providing evaluation and treatment of the varied conditions and problems in youth. He has practiced in Tyler for 30 years and has particular interest in autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Scardina strives for accurate diagnosis, and treatment aimed at reducing the impact of problems, helping patients to use and develop their strengths.Referral only
Dr. Jeffrey Wherry is a psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and their families to provide hope and help for a healthier life. He specializes in treating the psychological symptoms associated with child sexual abuse. Dr. Wherry also has a special interest in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is often misdiagnosed as ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and mood regulation problems. Dr. Wherry works alongside families as a “detective” to determine what is happening and finding a solution together. He see patients within the child and adolescent psychiatry clinic at UT Health.
- There are many resources available to help children, adolescents, and parents cope with mental health issues. Learn more from these credible organizations: