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Dr. Michael Jellinek, M.D. finished his pediatric residency at Montefiore Hospital and has been at MGH since he began his residency in Psychiatry in 1976.

He is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Chair of Bright Futures: Mental Health.

Dr. Jellinek is a clinician specializing in both child and adult psychiatry and is also a hospital administrator. His titles include: Chief, Child Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital and President of Newton Wellesley Hospital. His academic title is Professor of Psychiatry and of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. He has lectured and published articles on topics including parenting advice, child and adolescents with medical illness, divorce, and the effects of managed care on mental health services to children and adolescents.

Dr. Jellinek started working on the PSC during his residency in Pediatrics, motivated by the observation that many of the psychosocial needs of pediatric inpatients were not well recognized or evaluated. He developed the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) as a screening tool to help pediatricians in busy office practice improve recognition of children with psychosocial dysfunction and thus could benefit from further evaluation. This original work has been greatly enhanced and validated by Dr. Murphy’s studies and by the work of many other colleagues dedicated to the well-being of children.

Phone: (617) 726-2711
Fax: (617) 726-3155
Mail: Dr. Michael Jellinek
WAC 725; Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114


J. Michael Murphy, Ed.D, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist in the Child Psychiatry Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

In addition to his research on psychosocial screening with the PSC, Dr. Murphy is the Principal Investigator of studies of school breakfast and child hunger, child abuse, ecology education, and several early ntervention projects in health and mental health agencies. Dr. Murphy is the author of more than three dozen papers published in medical and psychological journals.

At the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Murphy teaches research methodology to psychiatric residents and supervises clinical psychology interns. He also sees children and adults for therapy.

Dr. Murphy received his doctorate from Harvard in 1982 and did his internship in the Child Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he has worked ever since as a staff psychologist. He also spent nearly a decade working as a clinical psychologist in community mental health centers.

Phone: (617) 724-3163
Mail: J. Michael Murphy, Ed.D
Fax: (617) 726-9219
Child Psychiatry Service
ACC 725
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114

Sandra J. Bishop worked on several studies of the PSC, including a survey of pediatricians to examine their use of the PSC in routine practice and also used the PSC to screen the children of outpatients at a psychopharmacology clinic.

Since obtaining her Ph.D in developmental psychology from Yale University in 1996, Dr. Bishop has become the Assistant Director of the Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. She also holds appointments as an Assistant in Research in the MGH Department of Psychiatry and as a Lecturer in the Harvard Medical School.

Her current research interests include child abuse and neglect, intervention programs, services research, and social policy.

Phone: (203)432-9935
FAX: (203)432-9933
Sandra J. Bishop, Ph.D.
Yale Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy
310 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Maria Pagano has worked on a number of PSC studies on topics that have included the impact of malnutrition, school breakfast, family functioning, pediatric primary care, and health care delivery systems.

Since graduating cum laude in both Child Development and Art History from Tufts University in 1992, Maria received her Master's Degree in Risk and Prevention from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2000.

In addition to her appointment of Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, Maria is currently the Director of Quantitative and Information Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University.