John Looney, Child Psychiatrist

John G. Looney, MD, MBA, Child Psychiatrist

Dr. Looney has had thirty-seven years of experience in treating psychiatric and substance abusing patients. He has been at Duke for twenty-five years. Prior to being at Duke he did combat effectiveness research for special military populations in the United States Navy and Marine Corps (SEALS, Marine Drill Instructors and Aviators). He helped establish the Navy’s treatment program for alcohol and drug abusing officers. He supervised the re-entry of the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps prisoners of war from Vietnam. Following that he was the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at a prestigious private psychiatric hospital in Dallas, Timberlawn Hospital, and he was on the faculty of the University Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was recruited to Duke in 1986 as Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is board certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Looney is paid by the Department of Pediatrics for oversight of the Intensive Outpatient Program. He meets with the counselors weekly and reviews all of the patients. He meets with families and makes individual assessments of patients. He is on call to the substance abuse counselors at all times.

Dr. Looney talks about the prevalence of adolescent psychiatric problems and drug and alcohol use and the importance of treatment while living at home utilizing intensive outpatient programs.

Looney’s take home point from Jennifer Segura on Vimeo.

Dr. Looney talks about what families need to know when they come into the program: the importance of clean brain time, the need for extra parental supervision, education about addictive disease, and the privilege and cost effectiveness of treating substance abuse in the IOP while living at home. He also stresses that adolescence is a risky time of life made more dangerous with drugs and alcohol and that parental participation in the program is essential for a child to succeed.

Dr. Looney’s words for families from Jennifer Segura on Vimeo.

Dr. Looney talks about what he tells adolescents about the program and his approach to talking with them.

Dr. Looney’s words for adolescents from Jennifer Segura on Vimeo.

Dr. Looney talks about some of the misconceptions about substance use and the biology behind addiction.

Looney On the stigma and research findings related to addiction from Jennifer Segura on Vimeo.

Dr. Looney describes how he learned early in his career, while working on an adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit, that substance use is often comorbid with psychiatric illness in adolescents. In order for patients to be successful, it is essential to address and treat the co-occurring substance use.

Dr. Looney’s path to treating substance use in adolescents from Jennifer Segura on Vimeo.

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