Pediatric Behavioral Health

Discover how specialist and primary care collaboration in pediatric behavioral health care can benefit you and your patients.

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Improve Access to Complex Care Treatment

Patients with complex medical conditions in New Jersey sometimes wait up to six months to see a specialist.


Improve Patient Outcomes

Investing time to learn how to provide specialty treatment to your patients in your primary care office, where they are most comfortable, can improve patient outcomes.

Grow Your Primary Care Practice Capacity

Research shows that providers who attend Project ECHO sessions increase their ability to treat patients and offer community resources and referrals to patients and caregivers. When multiple providers in one practice attend the same or different ECHOs, capacity to treat patients expands exponentially.

How to Participate

Access your ECHO clinics from anywhere, using your computer or mobile device.

  • Register for your Project ECHO of choice
  • 1 CME credit available per each 60-minute full session attended
  • No-charge consultation with a multidisciplinary team of specialists on active cases
  • No homework
  • IT support available

Learning Objectives

After participating in ECHO, providers will be able to:

  • Describe traits associated with behavioral health conditions
  • Employ screening and assessment tools for behavioral health conditions according to American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations
  • Prescribe and manage appropriate treatment options, including medications, for behavioral health conditions according to evidence-based guidelines
  • Identify and conduct appropriate referrals to community resources, if applicable

Pediatric Behavioral Health ECHO Session Leaders

Anna Malia Beckwith, MD, Developmental Pediatrician
Elvira Downs, MD, Psychiatrist
Rosemary Browne, MSW, System of Care Representative
Naomi Pickholtz , PsyD, Psychologist
Megan Maroney PharmD, BCPP, Psychiatric Pharmacist

Pediatric Behavioral Health ECHO Curriculum

Tuesdays 8 – 9 am

  • Week 1: Adolescent psychological drives and related developmental tasks
  • Week 2: Psychosocial sequelae of ADHD
  • Week 3: A brief overview of pharmacologic treatment of depression in children and adolescents
  • Week 4: Pediatric Symptom Checklist
  • Week 5: Parental supports
  • Week 6: Open/requested topic
  • Week 7: Social Emotional Issues and trauma in Adolescence and implications for treatment providers
  • Week 8: Postpartum depression: Detection and implications for early attachment disruptions
  • Week 9: Interpreting the boxed warning for suicidality with antidepressants
  • Week 10: Transition to adult services
  • Week 11: Recreational activities
  • Week 12: Open/Requested Topic
  • Week 13: Diagnosis and educational system classifications for school-aged children
  • Week 14: Tantrums and discipline: What works, what doesn’t, and why
  • Week 15: A brief overview of stimulant medications for ADHD
  • Week 16: Types of Bipolar Disorder
  • Week 17: Guardianship

Pediatric Behavioral Health ECHO Financial Disclosure Declarations

The following session leaders have relevant financial relationships to disclose: Elvira Downs, MD, is a physician advisor to Horizon BCBSNJ serving on a pharmacy & therapeutics committee. Dr. Downs’ partner is an owner/shareholder of REST™ by Gait, a startup company. The company owns patents on a mechanical device to help children with various neurodevelopmental disabilities. Megan Maroney, PharmD, BCPP, is on a speakers bureau for Otsuka and is a member of a scientific advisory board for Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Rutgers RWJMS Project ECHO Planning Committee

Eric Jahn, MD,
Brittany Sullivan, MSPH,
Kathy Dodsworth-Rugani, PhD,
Lisa Leary, MS,
Rachel Born, PhD,

Planning Committee Financial Disclosure Declarations

The following planning committee member has relevant financial relationships to disclose: The spouse of Eric Jahn, MD, owns stock in Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson.

The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to disclose: Kathy Dodsworth-Rugani, PhD, Brittany Sullivan, MSPH, Rachel Born, PhD, Lisa Leary, MS


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity a maximum of 24AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Each session is designated for a maximum of one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


This application-based activity qualifies for 24 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. Each session qualifies for a maximum of one (1) contact hour of continuing pharmacy education credit. Pharmacists should claim only those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.


This activity is awarded 24contact hours. (60 minute CH) Each session is awarded a maximum of one (1) contact hour. Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

Social Work

This program is approved for social work continuing education hours by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in accordance with New Jersey administrative code 13:44G-6.4 and recognized by The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is approved for 24 general social work continuing education hours.

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