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Stephen L. Soffer, PhD
Stephen L. Soffer


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Dr. Soffer is a psychologist in the Center for Management of ADHD and the Director of the Outpatient Program in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He works with a team of colleagues on youth suicide prevention initiatives, informed by Zero Suicide-based approaches to improving suicide prevention in health care settings. Dr. Soffer and his team focus their efforts on enhancing staff education, improving the reliability of suicide risk assessment, and developing care pathways for patients with elevated suicide risk.

Dr. Soffer has clinical expertise in assessment and treatment of ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, family-school collaboration, parent management training (PMT), and Parent training to improve parent-child interactions. His research focuses on behavioral treatment of ADHD, complementary and alternative treatments for ADHD, as well as behavioral interventions for disruptive behavioral disorders and learning disorders.

Education and Training

BA, Emory University, 1991

PhD, Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University (Clinical Psychology), 1996

Fellowship, University of Maryland School of Medicine (Adolescent Health), 1997

Titles and Academic Titles


Director, Outpatient Program

Training Director, Psychology Internship Program

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association, 1996-

Professional Awards

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teacher of the Year, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2007

Psychology Internship Training Program Teaching Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2014

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