Nationally-Recognized Pediatric Psychiatrist, Mary Lynn Dell, MD, ThM, DMin, to Join Children's Hospital New Orleans as New Service Line Chief for Behavioral Health

Prominent pediatric psychiatrist to join Children’s Hospital New Orleans this summer as the hospital expands mental and behavioral health services for children across Louisiana and the Gulf South.

NEW ORLEANS – In July, Children’s Hospital New Orleans will welcome Dr. Mary Lynn Dell as new Service Line Chief for Behavioral Health. Dr. Dell will serve as clinical lead over the newly expanded Behavioral Health Center at Children’s Hospital, which is among the largest and most comprehensive programs in the nation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Mary Lynn Dell, a national expert in the field of pediatric psychiatry, to amplify the work of the talented team of behavioral health professionals here at Children’s Hospital,” says John R. Nickens, IV, President and Chief Executive Office at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “With Dr. Dell’s leadership, we will continue to expand this vital program that is exclusively dedicated to serving children and adolescents with a wide range of mental and behavioral health disorders.”

Dr. Mary Lynn Dell most recently served as Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University and Director of Psychosomatic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. A graduate of Milligan College and the Indiana University School of Medicine, she completed a general psychiatry residency at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Dell is board certified in general, child and adolescent, consultation liaison, and forensic psychiatry. She came to The Ohio State University in 2013 after serving on the faculties of Emory University, the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, George Washington University and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Dell is also trained in theology and is active as an Episcopal priest. She holds Master of Theological Studies (MTS) and Master of Theology (ThM) degrees from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, a post-graduate diploma in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She most recently served as Priest Associate at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Dell’s academic interests include psychiatric needs in chronic illness, ethical issues in psychiatry and pediatrics, end-of-life care, culture and psychiatry, and the interfaces of medicine, psychiatry and religion/spirituality. She is Co-Chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Ethics Committee, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics, and has served on several hospital ethics committees and institutional review boards. She also is the founding chair of the AACAP Religion and Spirituality Committee and President of the American Psychiatric Association Caucus on Religion, Spirituality, and Psychiatry. She speaks nationally and writes on the topics ethics, culture, and religion and spirituality in psychiatry and pediatrics. Most recently, she co-edited the book Ethical Considerations at the Intersection of Psychiatry and Religion, published in 2018 by Oxford University Press.

“Together with our two medical school partners, LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital is leading the way in mental and behavioral health services, adding talented leaders like Dr. Dell from across the country who want to be a part of this important expansion of services,” says George Bisset, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “Our program is not only about investments in bricks and mortar, it’s about providing a continuum of care that supports mental wellbeing for our patients and families at all levels.”

Children’s Hospital New Orleans’ new Behavioral Health Center, which opened in April, offers acute inpatient behavioral health treatment in a safe, structured, and nurturing environment for kids who are 7-17 years old. The program focuses on teaching and empowering each patient to develop healthy life skills to improve his or her function and future quality of life. Outpatient services provided at the new center include assessment and treatment of psychiatric and behavioral disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and mood disturbance. Pediatric psychology services will also soon be offered at the hospital’s new multispecialty clinic in Baton Rouge which opens in July, along with an expanding telepsychology platform across the state.


About Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Children’s Hospital New Orleans is a 257-bed, non-profit academic pediatric medical center that offers comprehensive healthcare services, including over 40 pediatric specialties, delivered just for children. With more than 400 physicians trained in more than 40 pediatric subspecialties, Children’s offers a comprehensive array of pediatric healthcare services in Louisiana and the Gulf South. In addition to its main campus located in New Orleans, the hospital operates a network of specialty clinics across Louisiana and in Southern Mississippi, including in Covington, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Children’s Hospital offers primary care services at 15 convenient locations throughout Southeast Louisiana and remotely via its Virtual Care app. Children’s Hospital is a proud member of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit hospital system which also includes New Orleans East Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center. Learn more at