Department of Psychiatry

Division of Child & Adolescent Mental Health

a doctor with a child

Division Overview

The Department of Psychiatry at Sidra will be one of the primary sources for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care in Qatar. We will work with our stakeholders to create a state-of-the-art, culturally competent, child and family centered system that promotes recovery/wellness for children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders and their families.  The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division will be led by a Division Chief who will also be the Vice Chair for Psychiatry Department.  The Division will include child & adolescent psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, psychologists, psychiatry nurses and child and adolescent psychiatry fellows.

Our program will look beyond ‘the stigma and taboo’ to help build a system where access will be easier and services are more effective. The program will aim to provide and advocate for mental health services for children and their families with a focus on treatment, prevention and promotion.

We will provide Child and Adolescent Mental Health services to pediatric patients from birth to 17 years of age who have serious emotional disturbance. The target group includes young people with a diagnosable psychiatric disorder whose condition is detrimental to their growth or development and /or who have serious difficulties in their social group, school or family. If appropriate, the child will be referred out to other paraprofessionals such as speech, occupational, physical therapists and social workers.


Division Services

Children and adolescents with various presentations will be seen in the child and adolescent clinic.  We are a seconday/tertiary care clinic and will provide the following services:

Anxiety Disorders

Attention Deficity Hypersensitivity Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Complex Autism Spectrum Disorder

Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations

Depressive Disorders

Family Issues

Family Therapy

Follow-up Visits

Group Therapy

Individual Therapy

Learning Disorders

Medication Management

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Psychotic Illnesses

School Issues

Sidra outpatient clinic location map

“Patients and family members, if you are visiting the Sidra Outpatient Clinic, please follow the directions provided in this map for accurate directions. We ensure this map is always current and updated with any changes in routes.”

Our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic is located on 2nd floor of the Outpatient Clinic Building. We will operate 2 days a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 am until 3:00pm


Operating Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays07:00 am - 03:00 pm

Salma Malik

Training Director, Senior Attending Physician - Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Christina Vlahos

Clinical Psychologist

Omar Mahmood

Omar Mahmood


Nelli El-Ghazal

Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Lisa Campisi

Clinical Psychologist

Irshaad Shaffeeullah

Senior Attending Physician, Director of CAMHS Outpatient Services

Ahsan Nazeer

Division Chief - Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Muhammad Waqar Azeem

Chair - Department of Psychiatry

Publications by the division

Development of internet addictive behaviors: Potential pathophysiologic mechanisms

Tsitsika, Janikian M, Greydanus DE, Omar HA, Merrick J (Eds): Internet Addiction: A Public Health Concern in Adolescence. NY: Nova Science Publishers, ch 2: 15-23, 2013...
Calles J, Nazeer A, Greydanus DE

Published: 1 April 2013
Author(s): Ahsan Nazeer

Pre-existing and concomitant psychiatric disorders associated with internet addictive behaviors

Tsitsika A, Janikian M, Greydanus DE, Omar HA, Merrick J (Eds): Internet Addiction: A Public Health Concern in Adolescence. NY: Nova Science Publishers, ch 2: 25-37, 2013...
Nazeer A, Greydanus DE, Calles J

Published: 1 July 2013
Author(s): Ahsan Nazeer

Internet addiction and psychiatric comorbidities

Child and Adolescent Health Yearbook, 2013. Ed:J Merrick. NY: Nova Biomedical, ch 34: 433-442, 2013...
Nazeer A, Greydanus D E, Calles J

Published: 1 October 2013
Author(s): Ahsan Nazeer

Behavioral Pediatrics

eds. 4th edition. New York: Nova Science, 2015...
Greydanus DE, Patel DR, Pratt HD, Calles Jr JL, Nazeer A, Merrick J

Published: 1 April 2015
Author(s): Ahsan Nazeer

Clinical aspects of psychopharmacology in childhood and adolescence

eds. 2nd edition. New York: Nova Science, 2016...
Greydanus DE, Calles Jr JL, Patel DR, Nazeer A, Merrick J

Published: 1 February 2016
Author(s): Ahsan Nazeer

Randomized Control Trial: Heated Humidity High Flow Nasal Cannula in Comparison with NCPAP in the Management of RDS in Extreme Low Birth Infants in Immediate Post Extubation Period

Elkhwad, et al., Neonat Pediatr Med 2017, 3:1...
Elkhwad M, Dako JA, Jennifer G, Harriet F and Anand K

Published: 30 January 2017
Author(s): Mohammed Elkhwad

Precursors of Language Ability and Academic Performance: A Longitudinal Study of At-Risk French-Speaking Children

Infant and Child Development, 18 (5), 377-403...
Campisi L, Serbin LA, Stack DM, Ledingham JE, Schwartzman AE

Published: 18 May 2009
Author(s): Lisa Campisi

Health and Psychiatric Disparities in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Delays: Implications for Health Policy in Quebec

Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22 (3), 248-255...
Jennifer S. Nachshen, Alexa Martin-Storey, Campisi, L. Dale Stack, Alex Schwartzman & Lisa Serbin

Published: 22 March 2008
Author(s): Lisa Campisi

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