Ayame Takahashi, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

    About me

    Dr. Takahashi came to SIU in 2006 for the opportunity to start a new Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training program.  What attracted her to SIU at the time still remains true:  It is an institution that values creativity in education, and supports both trainees and faculty in this endeavor.  She is board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and during her time here at SIU obtained board certification in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

    Dr. TakahashiI enjoys teaching at all levels from medical students to residents in all disciplines.  In her clinical work she enjoys doing psychodynamic psychotherapy, treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, and treatment of co-occurring disorders in the substance abusing population.



    Additional languages spoken


    Education & training

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
    Board Certifications
    Child Psychiatry
    Medical School
    University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital-McGaw Medical Center, Chicago, IL - Psychiatry
    eill Cornell Medical School, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY


    Research Interests
    Psychotherapy, Residency Education


    Khan, Mehnaz, A., Jain, Gaurav, Soltys, Stephen M.,Takahashi, Ayame, “ A Case Report of Excessive Weight Gain with Guanfacine Extended Release: 9.53 kg in 4 Weeks” in the Journal of Cild and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Vol 22, Number 3, 2012

    Pierce, M, Takahashi, A; Book Chapter “Neuropsychological Testing and Psychoanalysis” in Neuropsychological Testing and Clinical Practice, Springer Publications 2010

    Takahashi, A; Book Chapter, “Interviewing the Adolescent” in The Approach to the Psychiatric Patient, John Barnhill, M.D., Editor, APPI Press, 2009

    Takahashi, A.; Franklin (1996), Alcohol Abuse. Pediatrics in Review 17:39-45.

    Takahashi, A.; Franklin (1996), Alcohol Abuse. Pediatrics in Review 17:39-45



    Paul V. Trad M.D. Memorial Award- Second Prize for the paper “The Mother-daughter  Group: A developmentally focused treatment approach for adolescent girls and mothers in conflict"