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Kplewicz SNF Dialoguer Profile

Harold S. Koplewicz

Founding President and Medical Director of the Child Mind Institute

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, is the Founding President and Medical Director of the Child Mind Institute, the only independent national non-profit organization dedicated to child and adolescent mental health. As one of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists, Dr. Koplewicz was previously founding director of the NYU Child Study Center and served as director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. He has been interviewed for multiple national broadcast and print outlets and his writing has appeared in TIME and USA Today. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and author of several books, including "The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient, Self-Reliant and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety", which was published in February 2021 by Penguin Random House. The Child Mind Institute’s award-winning website ( has brought accessible information to more than 50 million parents, teachers and mental health professionals. During the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Koplewicz led the organization to a digital transformation to bring families everywhere mental health support including telehealth treatment, hotlines for frontline professionals, resources for underserved communities and #WeThriveInside, a celebrity social media campaign that reached more than 250 million people.

The stigma attached to mental disorders for years prevented parents from seeking help. It is time, because of the pandemic, to think about our mental health, especially that of our children.