Matthew Biel, M.D., M.Sc.

Marriott Chair in Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health

Professor, Vice Chair and Division Chief

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Co-Director, Early Childhood Innovation Network

Georgetown University Medical Center
2115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite #200
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-944-5406
Fax: 202-944-5404


Matthew Biel, MD, MSc is Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  He co-directs the Early Childhood Innovation Network, a citywide effort to improve developmental outcomes for children and families in Washington, DC.   Dr. Biel was selected as an Aspen Ascend Fellow in 2018.  His work addresses the impact of adversity and stress upon children and families, with research centering on reducing health disparities, improving access to mental health care for underserved children and families through projects based in primary care and school settings, and developing clinical interventions focusing on trauma and resilience, anxiety, and autism.  His clinical efforts focus on children and adolescents with anxiety and stress disorders, trauma-related conditions, autism spectrum disorders, and complex medical illnesses.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters and is involved nationally in psychiatric education and advocacy for children’s mental health.  He co-chairs the Committee on Health Promotion and Prevention at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr. Biel received his medical degree and a master’s degree in Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He trained in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. 

Areas of Research: Health disparities, Mental health interventions in pediatric primary care, Coexisting medical and psychiatric conditions in children, Autism spectrum disorders, Trauma, Anxiety and mood disorders in children and families.

Specialties: Pediatric Psychiatry, Psychiatry Education
Certification: Psychiatry, 2007
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, 2002
Residency: Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY, 2005
Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY, 2007
Special Interests: Child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry; Child and adolescent development; Mood and anxiety disorders; Trauma and PTSD; Psychosomatic illness and psychiatric care of the medically ill child

Areas of Research

Health disparities

Mental health interventions in pediatric primary care

Coexisting medical and psychiatric conditions in children

Autism spectrum disorders


Anxiety and mood disorders in children and families

Research Summary

My research at Georgetown focuses on addressing health disparities affecting the identification and treatment of mental illness and developmental disorders in children and adolescents. Our group has focused specifically on the early identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in minority youth. Additionally, we are working to develop mental health interventions across a range of conditions that can be effectively delivered in the primary care setting. Finally, I am working on projects to support children and families facing developmental disorders and coexisting medical and psychiatric conditions.