2010 American's Top Doctors - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Sandra Sexson is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Chief as well as Training Director of the Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychiatry within the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Georgia Health Sciences University. Dr. Sexson graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed postgraduate training in Child Development (University of Mississippi), General Psychiatry (University of Texas at San Antonio) and Child Psychiatry (Washington University in St. Louis). Prior to her present appointment she has served as Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Training Director at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and at Emory University. Her primary professional focus has been in psychiatric education with a clinical and research focus in education and in the emotional issues of children and adolescents with chronic medical illnesses. She is an active leader in psychiatric education in the United States, having served in her career as an officer in various positions including president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Training, as a member of the Psychiatry RRC and as its Vice-Chair and Chair, as a team leader in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as a member of various test development committees and as a senior examiner in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as a leader in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) as an officer and extensive work with Education and Training as well as Lifelong Learning, with the American College of Psychiatrist as both the former Editor-in-Chief of PRITE, the Psychiatry in-training examination and the founding editor of the child psychiatry in-training examination. Presently she is serving as chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning and continues to chair the AACAP’s Work Group on Lifelong Learning and continues to work on a number of national committees addressing advances in educational and assessment issues in psychiatric education and is the president-elect of the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the group that represents the heads of Divisions of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the United States. Clinically Dr. Sexson’s focused interest has been in the areas of infant psychiatry and emotional issues of children and adolescents with chronic medical illnesses although her practice runs the full gamut of child and adolescent psychiatry. She has been regularly named to the prestigious lists of America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America and has been named to the Top Psychiatrists in America.