Stewart L. Adelson, MD

Stewart L. Adelson, MD Specialties: Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychology

Stewart L. Adelson, MD
Specialties: Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychology
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About Stewart L. Adelson, MD

Dr. Adelson is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been a faculty member of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons since 1995, and is a 2014-15 Clinical Research Scholar in the Global Health Division at Harvard Medical School. His professional interests include psychotherapy and care for underserved youth, including LGBT youth and adults. He is also a faculty member of the Fenway Institute's National LGBT Health Education Center (an affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School), and an adjunct faculty member of the Cornell University medical school. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and has been a recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Presidential Scholar Award, the Dennis Anderson award of the Lesbian and Gay Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association, and the Yale University Saybrook College Master's Prize. At Columbia, he serves as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Initiative for LGBT Health in the Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health. Dr. Adelson is the principal author of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry's guidelines on care for LGBT youth. He is also the lead author on peer-reviewed papers and chapters on sexual and gender development, psychotherapy, prevention of mental illness, and access to care for under-served children and adolescents. He has served as a reviewer or editorial board member of several academic presses and professional journals, including Oxford University Press, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, the International Journal of Transgenderism, and Psychodynamic Psychiatry.Dr. Adelson has taught physicians-in-training in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry at Columbia and Cornell since 1995, and has lectured regularly in grand rounds and courses at Columbia and Yale, and presented symposia, workshops and webinars through the Fenway Institute and at national and international conferences of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the World Psychiatric Association, the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training Programs, and the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. He is also a member of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry, and of the Advisory Committee of the international LGBT program of Human Rights Watch."

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Adolescent Psychology

  • Adult Psychiatry

  • Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

  • Psychiatric Consultation and Evaluation

  • Psychodynamic Psychiatrics

  • Psychopharmacology

  • Psychotherapy and Cancer

  • Sexual Development Disorders

  • Sexual Orientation Issues


  • Medical School: New York University School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry