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Department of pediatric psychology

Prof. Dr. Kayhan Bahali
pediatric psychiatry

About the department

The pediatric psychology department at Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul provides a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with psychological problems, development disorders, behaviour or adjustment to illness problems. The department comprises psychologists who are integrated into medical teams to maximize the overall well-being of children and their families using behavioural science principles. The department of child psychology's mission is to provide patients with high-quality, evidence-based psychological care, including a comprehensive psychological assessment, mental health services, outpatient care, and an autism assessment. Children must be psychologically healthy individuals in terms of their future life and social health. Doctors use developmental and intellectual tests to assess the patient's clinical picture in their practice. Psychologists are fluent in the method of cognitive-behavioural therapy, the purpose of which is to identify the connections between the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of the child.

The main reasons for visiting mental health centres for children and adolescents are mental retardation, learning disorders, speech delay, autism, behavioural disorders, sleep problems and many other psychological disorders. The medical team is committed to improving the child's psychological, behavioural, emotional and social well-being. When necessary, the department's psychologists cooperate with teachers, schools and relevant institutions.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Behavioural disorders
  • Learning Disabilities (dyslexia)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive disorder 
  • Tic disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Psychosomatic complaints
  • Personality problems
  • Sleep disorders
  • Speech disorder (stuttering, late speech)
  • Sexual development and sexual problems
  • Dissociative disorder
  • Intellectual disability (ID) 
  • Psychosis (schizophrenia)
  • Bipolar disorder


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Hormone panel 
  • Electrocardiography (ECG) 
  • Measures of the blood pressure 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Neuropsychological testing 
  • The mini-mental state examination (MMSE) (also known as the Folstein test)
  • The hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS)
  • Beck's depression inventory (BDI) 
  • Clinical judgement 
  • Self-report 


  • Medications therapy 
  • Psychosocial treatments
  • Psychoeducation 
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) 
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Neurofeedback therapy 
  • Family therapy (for anorexia)
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Motivational training
  • Individual and group therapy 
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Doctor profile


  • 2003 - 2008 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialization Training, Cukurova University Medical Faculty, Adana, Turkey
  • 1997 - 2003 Cukurova University Medical Faculty, Adana, Turkey


  • 2019 Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Memorial Atasehir Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2018 Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Memorial Sisli Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2018 Faculty Member – Department of Psychology, Istanbul Gelisim University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2018 Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Private Examination, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2011 - 2018 Clinic chief, administrative officer, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Bakirkoy Prof. Dr. Mazhar Osman Mental Health and Nervous Diseases EA Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2009 - 2010 Medical Lieutenant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Gulhane Military Medical Academy Haydarpasa Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2008 - 2010 Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Mersin Gynecology and Pediatrics Hospital, Mersin, Turkey

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Turkish Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association
  • Turkish Psychiatric Association
  • Turkish Medical Association
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Association
  • 28 articles published in international peer-reviewed journals
  • 10 articles published in national peer-reviewed journals
  • 13 International papers
  • 26 national papers
  • 2 National Congress Paper Awards
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