Stewart Adelson, M.D. is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist and is Founding Director of the Youth Equity Science/YES Project of Yale Law and Public Health Schools, a collaboration of youth mental health researchers and legal scholars to support policy and law that support LGBTQ youth mental health. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School. He has provided clinical care to both adults and youth since 1998 and has served as Medical Director in New York Presbyterian Hospital and community-based mental health programs for children and adolescents experiencing homelessness, abuse, neglect, foster care, adoption, and medical illness.
Adelson has supervised and created curricula for physicians in training since 1995, and has served as lead author of practice guidelines of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). He has received awards including AACAP’s 2021 Norbert & Charlotte Rieger Service Award for Program Excellence for the YES Project as an innovative program that addresses prevention of mental illnesses in children and adolescents and serves as model program; the NY Council on Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s 2022 Wilfred C. Hulse Award for outstanding contributions to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry; and a 2015 Commendation from the Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program, of which he was valedictorian among 200 peers from 67 countries.
He is the author and editor of peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and volumes on topics including sexual and gender development, psychodynamic psychiatry and sexuality, and Health Justice collaboration between mental health science and human rights to improve youth mental health. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served as a Lead Guest Editor for Pediatric Clinics of North America, as well as a reviewer for Oxford University Press, Pediatrics, and other journals. He is a member of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), the American College of Psychiatrists, and the Advisory Committee of the Global LGBT Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.