Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist

I am a psychiatrist with a private practice located on the north side of Indianapolis. I am board certified in the psychiatric treatment of children and adolescents, as well as adults. I have been in private practice since 2008, and I also serve as Medical Director at Columbus Behavioral Center, a residential treatment center for children and adolescents.

My interest in behavior and emotions began in high school with my first psychology class. This interest continued to grow in college as I obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University. I also became intrigued by the preventative philosophies and holistic approach of osteopathic medicine (click here to learn more about osteopathic medicine).

I earned my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO. My interest in child and adolescent psychiatry was formed during my clinical rotations in medical school when I began to recognize the great need for quality providers in the field. I found it very rewarding to see people improve their functioning in all other areas of their lives with the aid of their mental health provider.

As a general psychiatry resident at the University of Louisville, I developed a broad knowledge of brain development, psychotherapy, and pharmacology. I learned the ways in which genetics and the environment interact to affect our brain chemistry and our mental state. I also received excellent psychotherapy supervision, and further solidified my desire to perform therapy in my own practice, in addition to medication management.

I then decided to further my training in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Indiana University. I learned about typical and atypical child development, and how to appropriately handle the often difficult to manage childhood behavioral and emotional disorders. I also learned that many treatments that are effective for adults simply do not work for kids and discovered the importance of adhering to evidence-based practices.

I am committed to continuing to expand my knowledge in this field and to stay up-to-date with the most effective treatments available. As a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, I am constantly reviewing the most recent published research. This dedication will allow me to provide the highest quality care to anyone who walks through my door.

In my free time, I enjoy golfing, sports, and spending time with my wife and three children. Thank you for choosing Axon Health Associates, where we believe healthy lives begin with healthy minds.

jdalton@axonhealth.org