Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

CHOC Children's Specialists
October 24, 2022
Orange, CA


We’re seeking a Board Eligible/Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a special interest in  taking care of children with autism in a multidisciplinary setting. This is an exciting opportunity to aid in the growth of the CHOC Children’s Thompson Autism Center to raise awareness, support, therapy, education, and research for children and families affected by ASD. This position will work 50% in the Autism Center and 50% providing inpatient services to CHOC Children’s Mental Health Unit. Both full-time and part-time positions are available.

Named in honor of a $10 million founding gift from the William and Nancy Thompson Family Foundation (Thompson Family Foundation), The Thompson Autism Center is devoted to evaluating children as early as possible to promote better outcomes; engaging children whose behaviors diminish quality of life for them and their families; and establishing a long-term support system for children with complex care needs. Located just blocks away from CHOC’s main campus, the two-story, 20,000-square-foot facility was opened in the spring of 2020 and was designed by FKP/CannonDesign, an architectural and design firm with national experience in neuroscience, brain and autism projects at children’s hospitals. It is divided into three distinct areas: therapy rooms, assessment rooms, and multidisciplinary exam rooms. The entire facility was designed to provide a calm, comfortable, non-threatening environment for children with ASD.

The team at The Thompson Autism Center includes pediatric neurologists, developmental and behavioral pediatricians, and child psychiatrists.  The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and collaborative team player who is committed to growing and developing their diagnostic and treatment skills to help children with autism.  We’re seeking someone with a passion for teaching residents and fellows as well as expanding autism awareness within families and the community.  An interest in clinical research is also desired.


CHOC is ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in seven specialties by U.S. News & World Report 2022-23, including cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; neonatology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology and lung surgery; and urology. In addition, CHOC is ranked #5 in the state of California and #6 in the Pacific. CHOC has also been named a 2020 and 2021 Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group.

Since 1964, CHOC has been steadfastly committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, our regional pediatric healthcare network includes a state-of-the-art 334-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, and a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo. CHOC also offers many primary and specialty care clinics, more than 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC Children’s Specialists, a growing private pediatric subspecialty group, is home to more than 250 pediatric specialists and 22 pediatric subspecialties. CHOC Children’s Specialists practices at and operates as a division of CHOC Children’s, a premier healthcare system affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.


This position offers the incomparable opportunity to reside in Orange County, California. One of California’s most desirable areas, Orange County is home to more than 45 miles of coastline and iconic cities like Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente. Residents enjoy a year-round average temperature of 70 degrees and 278 days of sunshine annually, along with easy access to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, world-class shopping and dining, plenty of sports and recreational offerings, and several top-notch educational institutions.

Families will appreciate the area’s top-ranked schools and friendly, safe neighborhoods. Orange County is less than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles and less than 90 minutes from San Diego and Palm Springs.

For complete details and confidential consideration, please contact Glenda Church Smith, Principal, Pediatric Search Partners, at 877.440.3832 (office), 214.850.3094 (text), or via email at



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