John T. Walkup, MD
Margaret C. Osterman Professor in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
John T. Walkup, MD, is Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He also serves as Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Walkup leads a department that provides psychiatric and psychological services to families and children of all ages and from every social and economic background. Each year, its specialists provide mental health evaluation and care in more than 22,000 outpatient visits and nearly 500 inpatient psychiatric admissions.
His scholarly activity covers three main areas of innovation and investigation. His work with movement disorders, specifically Tourette syndrome and the other tic disorders, uniquely spans psychiatry, child psychiatry and neurology. His expertise in child and adolescent psychiatry clinical trials focuses on the development and evaluation of psychopharmacological and psychosocial treatments and lastly, he has been involved in developing and evaluating interventions to reduce the large mental health disparities facing Native American youth, specifically drug use and suicide prevention.
His capacity to apply research methodologies across numerous neuropsychiatric disorders and his extension of that skill to address mental health disparities in Native American youth make him a singularly unique contributor to psychiatry, neurology and public health. For his work, he has been awarded three United States achievement awards for child and adolescent psychiatry, the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Academic Achievement in 2009 from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Research in Child Psychiatry in 2011 from the American Psychiatric Association and the Schonfeld Award from the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry in 2016. His research has been published in major medical journals including JAMA and the NEJM, an unusual accomplishment for a child and adolescent psychiatrist. A recent paper of his (Walkup JT. Antidepressant Efficacy for Depression in Children and Adolescents: Industry- and NIMH-Funded Studies. Am J Psychiatry. 2017 May 1;174(5):430-437 was considered by the editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Robert Freedman, MD, his choice for ‘2017 paper of the year’.
He joined Lurie Children’s in October 2017 from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and also served as Vice Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Walkup received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed residencies in child and adolescent psychiatry and in psychiatry and a research fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale University Child Study Center.