Genetic Psychiatry Consultation Service

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To be evaluated by the Genetic Psychiatry Consultation Service, a patient must have a physician referral. For more information, please call Bradley Hospital Outpatient Services at 401-432-1119.

Because Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and developmental disabilities have a strong genetic component, genetic testing is recommended for everyone with these conditions. 

Testing can identify many rare genetic causes of autism. Although these genetic abnormalities may be rare individually, when taken together they can explain as many as 40 percent of cases. 

Each of those individual genetic changes can lead to specific behavioral and psychiatric challenges and strengths, as well as other health and developmental conditions.

To address the needs of this special group of people, and in close collaboration with the division of human genetics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, we offer the Genetic Psychiatry Consultation Service, a specialty program of the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

About the Consultation

The Genetic Psychiatry Consultation Service focuses on providing medical and psychiatric treatment recommendations for children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities who have had genetic testing that revealed an abnormal result. We use that genetic information as a guide.

A child and adolescent psychiatrist, who collaborates closely with genetic counselors and medical geneticists, first does a detailed clinical evaluation to learn about the behavioral and medical history of our pediatric and adult patients. 

We then offer recommendations regarding behavioral therapy, medications, and additional medical examinations and imaging tests that may be required, based on the patient's specific genetic changes. We provide referrals to other specialists as needed, and we share information with you or your child’s referring physician throughout the process.

We’ll inform you about helpful support groups and offer the option of volunteering for research studies.

After a number of follow-up visits, each patient will resume their care with his or her established physician, who will be kept fully informed of our findings and recommendations.

Learn more about the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities »