Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Steven Berkowitz, MD

Steven Berkowitz CHOP CIRP
CIRP Associate Fellow and Violence Prevention Initiative Fellow

Steven Berkowitz, MD is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry. His main focus has been on the development of interventions for children living in psychosocial adversity, especially in the area of childhood trauma, crisis response and early intervention. He was involved in the development of guidelines on how parents and children could deal with the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He currently co-chairs the Task Force on School Violence for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Berkowitz is the primary investigator and developer of a secondary prevention intervention, the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) for youth at risk of developing PTSD. In a randomized clinical trial, it reduced PTSD in children ages 7-17 by 69 percent. CFTSI has been implemented at approximately 60 sites across the country including several in Philadelphia. A version for younger children is currently being piloted.

In addition, Dr. Berkowitz is a nationally recognized expert on police-mental health collaborations and was one of the architects of the Child Development-Community Policing Program, a model that was replicated in 15 communities throughout the U.S. He has written, lectured and taught extensively in the area of childhood trauma and its treatment. He is a contributor to the Psychological First Aid Manual for Disaster Response sponsored by SAMHSA and a co-author of the published Skills for Recovery Manual, which is intended to be used in the weeks and months after a Disaster. In addition, he was a developer of the In-home Intensive Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service (IICAPS), which was designed for children and youth at high risk of institutionalization due to multiple risk factors including chronic adverse experience. This program (PHIICAPS) is currently employed in Philadelphia.

Recent Publications

Berkowitz SJ, Fein JA. "Childhood Traumatic Stress and the Emergency Department Visit." Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 2013;14(1):41-46.