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The E. Richard Feinberg Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychological Medicine)

The Department of Psychological Medicine excels in diagnosis, consultation and therapy of children and adolescents suffering from psychiatric and developmental disorders. Therapeutic techniques integrate Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics and Neurology. The Department comprises various specialty clinics and an inpatient unit. The service for hospitalized and ambulatory patients and their families includes crisis intervention, consultation, diagnosis and therapeutic and long-term follow-up, and relapse prevention programs. In addition, the Department has been recognized as an accredited center for the training of child and adolescent psychiatrists, and clinical, medical and rehabilitation psychologists.


Director of the Department
Dr. Silvana Fennig

Location: 3rd Floor
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Tel: 972-3-9253616
Fax: 972-3-9253864
Appointments: 972-3-9253186, 08:00-10:30

Head Psychologist

Dr. Orit Krispin

Senior Physicians

Dr. Maya Amitai
Prof. Alan Apter
Dr. Noa Ben Aroya Milstein
Dr. Mike Stawski

Medical Services

Consultation Liaison (CL) Service
Children with acute and chronic illness as well as their families often suffer from severe psychological strain. The CL service provides diagnostic and therapeutic aid to these children working closely with the medical and nursing personnel of the respective departments. The Psychology Service has the largest training program for medical psychologists in the country and also provides consultation and training to professionals working at community-based centers such as schools, pediatric outpatient services and child residential facilities.

General Psychiatry Clinic

The team provides a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services: psychiatric and psychological evaluations, consultations, treatments and medicinal follow-up, both short-and long-term, and parental guidance.
Directors: Dr. Silvana Fennig, Dr. Orit Krispin
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253616, 08:00-15:00
Fax: 972-3-9253864

Anxiety Disorders Clinic

The clinic treats children suffering from a range of anxiety disorders and phobias and practices a short-term, targeted approach aimed directly to improve functioning and provide coping techniques for the child and his family. The clinic is comprised of four units:

  • The Anxiety Unit utilizes special techniques for individual and group therapy including private guidance and medications
  • The Post-Trauma Unit treats children who have suffered from physical violence, road accidents, bereavement, war or terrorist actions.
  • The Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Unit treats disorders requiring control of the autonomous nervous system.
  • The Selective Mutism Unit treats disorders that severely impair social interactions and disrupts normal development resulting in social isolation.

Director: Dr. Danny Lotan, Clinical Psychologist
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253186, 08:00-10:30

Psychosomatic Disorders Clinic

Treatment is based upon a combination of hypnosis and biofeedback with targeted, short-term psychological techniques for psychological disorders expressed in the body:
Somatoform Disorders – various physical symptoms including weakness or organ dysfunction whose source is psychological
Belief Disorders and Phobias such as Trichotillomania (hair pulling), Hypochondria, and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
Pain – stress-based migraines, headaches and abdominal pain
Director: Boaz Stern, Psychologist experienced in hypnosis, biofeedback and CBT
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253186, 08:00-10:30


Post-Trauma and Selective Violence Clinic

The clinic treats children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including avoidance, deep-seated memory, concentration and terror syndromes that arise following traumatic events. The clinic also treats children suffering from selective violence.
Director: Dr. Maayan Shorer, Clinical Psychologist
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253186, 08:00-10:30



Depression and Suicidal Behavior Clinic

The clinic treats children and adolescents suffering from clinical depression, dysthymia (mood disorder) or bipolar disorder (manic-depression), as well as those with suicidal tendencies.
Director: Ms. Hagit Ziv, Clinical Psychologist
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253186, 08:00-10:30

Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Clinic

The clinic conducts comprehensive evaluations by psychiatrists and psychologists for students from Grade 1-12,
who experience learning difficulties. Assessment and follow-up is suited to the special needs of each child and his family. An all-embracing approach combines emotional, personality, family and environmental aspects that all affect the child’s functioning. The clinic offers psycho-didactic evaluation including computerized neuro-psychology tests (MOXO or BRC), comprehensive psychiatric assessments.
The clinic has successfully applied the treatment model based on interpersonal  psychotherapy especially adapted to children with learning Disorders and/or attention deficit.

Ms. Hila Argintaru
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-20:00
Friday, 08:00-14:00

Parental Authority Clinic

The clinic was established to bolster parental authority, influence and control. Therapy is aimed at parents of children aged 6-18, who feel helpless in coping with their child’s behavior. Short-term, intensive therapy includes weekly meetings and regular telephone guidance for parents so that the treatment plan can be applied in real-time.
Director: Mr. Idan Amiel, Clinical Psychologist
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253186, 08:00-10:30

ADHD Clinic

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic provides comprehensive care and guidance to parents of children with attention and concentration problems. Therapy utilizes an approach whereby the child’s difficulties influence many aspects of his life and therefore require simultaneous intervention on several levels in order to achieve broad, long-term improvement. Emphasis is placed on the child’s environment and other frameworks which all play a significant role in his behavior, emotional state and educational functioning. Therapy is based upon a model called “The New Authority”, developed by Prof. Chaim Omer from Tel Aviv University and adjusted to the special needs of children with ADHD. Prof. Omer serves as a professional consultant in the clinic.
Director: Ms. Irit Shor-Sapir, Psychologist
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253186, 08:00-10:30

Matta and Harry Freund Neuropsychiatric Clinic for Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

The clinic is the only one of its kind in Israel for the diagnosis and treatment of children with tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome. Staff includes psychiatrists, neurologists and psychologists who provide multidisciplinary evaluation, cognitive-behavior therapy, biofeedback, habit reversal training, parental management training and medication.
Directors: Dr. Noa Ben Aroya-Milstein, Dafna Rodman, Clinical Psychologist
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253186



Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Clinic

The clinic is the only one of its kind in Israel and treats intellectually challenged children suffering from severe psychiatric disturbances.
Director: Dr. Mike Stawski
Hours: Mondays, 08:30-15:00, Tuesdays, 08:00-13:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253060, 08:00-10:30

The Lady Sarah Cohen Clinic for Family Centered Therapy

This unique service is provided to families with children suffering from chronic illness, physical or emotional disabilities. Therapy is aimed at reducing tension and worry in the family due to the child’s condition. The clinic is open to all families where a child has physical or emotional health problems.
Directors: Chava Cohen, Social Worker and Family Therapist
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253186, 08:00-10:30



Eating Disorders Clinic

The clinic provides diagnostic, consultation and therapeutic services for youngsters suffering from eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders. The therapeutic model is interdisciplinary and focuses on the emotional, familial, medical and nutritional aspects of the disorder. The multidisciplinary team includes clinical and medical psychologists, a clinical dietician, psychiatrists, movement therapist and a social worker.
Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253186, 08:00-15:00
Fax: 972-3-9253864

Service for Arabic Speakers

The Department of Psychological Medicine offers services to Arabic speakers in keeping with Schneider Children’s Bridge to Peace policy. The experienced team from the Arab community provides top-rate therapies for a broad range of psychological and emotional disorders.

Crisis Intervention Unit - Pediatrics “D”

The inpatient unit provides treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders, which require extensive therapies but not necessarily hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is integrated with Pediatric Medicine. The staff includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, educators, physical ed teacher, dieticians, and therapists in movement, drama and art.
Director: Dr. Silvana Fennig, Pediatric Psychiatrist
Location: 2nd Floor
Telephone: 972-3-9253761
Fax: 972-3-9253096


The uniqueness of the Department is in its integration of academic research and therapy, and in the existing connections with academic and research institutions in Israel and abroad. Accordingly, within the framework of the department, scores of psychiatric and psychological studies concerning the child and the adolescent are conducted by doctoral and masters students at various universities around the country.

The Schneider Research Center for the Study of the Interaction between Nutrition, Growth and Psychological Development was established for collaborative studies by the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes, the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition, and Liver Diseases, and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Schneider Children’s. One study focused on the development of a new nutritional formula for assisting children's growth without the need for medications such as growth hormone. The clinical trial showed very favorable results and the Center is now working on commercialization of the formula for worldwide distribution. The Center was recognized as an R&D Center by Tel Aviv University in 2010.


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