Abigail Schlesinger, MD Appointed Associate Professor by Pitt School of Medicine


The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the promotion of Abigail Schlesinger, MD to the rank of Associate Professor of Psychiatry by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Schlesinger received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh and completed the psychiatry residency training program and a clinical child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC (WPIC). Since joining our faculty in in 2008, she has served in numerous educational and clinical leadership positions. Dr. Schlesinger is a gifted clinician educator and administrator. She previously served as director of the WPIC Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and Triple Board Residency Training Program, and continues to be a thoughtful mentor to students, trainees, and junior faculty. Dr. Schlesinger many responsibilities at WPIC include her service as medical director of the Telephone Care Management of ADHD, the SAFE Program, and the Ambulatory Integrated Behavioral Health Service. Her role at Children?s Hospital of Pittsburgh has expanded significantly with the continued integration of behavioral health and pediatric services. She currently serves as the medical director of the Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Child and Family Counseling Center, which is recognized as a national model for care, and the Telephonic Psychiatry Consultation Service. As the clinical director for Community-based Services, Dr. Schlesinger was presented with the American Psychological Association's Psychiatric Achievement Award for her leadership of this program. 

Dr. Schlesinger is a national expert on providing behavioral health services in primary care settings, and has contributed to the Department's clinical research mission. She has served as medical director and principal investigator or co-principal investigator for numerous grants. These projects include a study of treatment of youths adjudicated of sexual offense sponsored by Allegheny County, a project examining the use of telephone care management for ADHD funded by the Staunton Farm Foundation, and a study of collaborative mental health services for behavior disorders in primary care that was sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Schlesinger on her promotion.