Hospital Appoints New Psychiatrist-in-Chief


Tami D. Benton, M.D., has been appointed psychiatrist-in-chief and chief of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Dr. Benton served as the interim chief since July 2009, during which time she has led many efforts to improve and align clinical services within the CHOP Network.

Dr. Benton’s research focus is on the relationships among depression, anxiety, stress, and illness in HIV infection and sickle cell disease and the mechanisms of neuropsychiatric immunopathogenesis in patients infected with HIV. Her scholarly contributions reflect broad interests that are in the forefront of child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Benton’s recent research projects include investigations of biomarkers for neuropsychiatric illness in HIV infection in adults and adolescents, examinations of the neuropsychiatric manifestations of HIV infection and AIDS, and investigations into the mechanisms underlying the relationship between depression and disease progression from HIV infection to AIDS.

Dr. Benton also has prepared numerous review articles and book chapters in high-profile publications, covering topics that include psychiatric issues in children and adolescents with HIV infection and AIDS, the treatment of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease, and the psychological needs of adolescents receiving organ transplants. While serving as a reference to clinical experts and a resource for clinicians in training, Dr. Benton’s review articles serve investigators by helping to identify areas where additional research efforts are needed.

In addition to her research and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Benton received numerous awards for outstanding teaching, including the Blockley-Osler Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Benton has served in leadership roles since coming to Children’s Hospital in 1998. In addition to assuming the role of psychiatrist-in-chief, Dr. Benton chairs the Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is a member of the Admissions Committee at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Benton also holds leadership positions in multiple professional and scientific societies including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, and the Devereux Foundation, an organization of mental health programs for children with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions.