Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Evaluation Service (CAPES)

Pediatric Anxiety & Mood Research Clinic (PAMRC)

Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Evaluation Service (CAPES)


What is a CAPES evaluation?

CAPES (Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Evaluation Service) is a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and consultation service for families, conducted by professional, experienced clinicians at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center. This clinical service is offered free of charge to families and includes a structured clinical interview with the parent and the child. The evaluation lasts approximately 3–4 hours.

Who is eligible for a CAPES evaluation?

Youth aged 5–21 years who are struggling with mental health issues, particularly anxiey and/or mood disorders, who have never received an evaluation or would like a second opinion regarding diagnosis and/or treatment.

What happens after the evaluation?

At the end of a CAPES evaluation, you and your child will receive:

  • Feedback on results of the evaluation including diagnoses
  • Specific treatment recommendations
  • Information about potential treatment programs at Columbia
  • Referrals to mental health providers if necessary
  • Consultations by our staff with the referring provider as needed

Interested in scheduling a CAPES evaluation?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

Please Contact

Eileen Higgins
Phone: (646) 774-7848