Meet Dr. Caryl Oris
As a Board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I work with
many school districts to provide psychiatric consultation for students. I have been working in schools for the past 25 years.
Approximately 1 in every 5 students between the ages of 9 and 17 in our public schools are struggling with a mental health problem. In a typical classroom in our country, this might be 5 or 6 students. Conditions such as anxiety and depression are on the rise in our children and teens, and can interfere with learning and with social and emotional functioning.
As a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, I have spent the past 25 years working with schools and school districts to address the mental health problems of students and what interventions can best help these students to achieve academic success. I am actively involved in consulting with school districts to create programs that can best service students who have psychiatric problems.
I would define my role in the following ways:
To help schools promote the academic success and emotional well being of students struggling with mental health issues
To provide schools with workshops for parents to help them support the academic, social and emotional needs of their children
To help schools with the identification, appropriate intervention, and recommendations for educational and psychiatric interventions for students with mental health issues
To provide schools with ideas for the development of programs for
students with emotional and behavioral disorders
To provide schools with staff development and consultation with
regard to psychiatric issues that affect students. Topics include School Refusal, Psychotropic Medications, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Teen Brain Development.
To provide schools with psychiatric consultation for individual
students. This consultation consists of my visiting the student’s school, meeting with staff members, observing the student in class, and then meeting with the student and the student’s family. A full psychiatric report is provided to the school. Recommendations are made to the school district, and feedback and recommendations are provided to the family with regard to psychiatric and psychological intervention.
To provide schools with input when requested at CSE meetings
To interpret research findings in neuroscience, for both teachers and administrators, to help increase student engagement.
To develop dialogues about improving school climate, increasing parent engagement, and how best to increase learning and academic success in our students.