Faculty Spotlight - April 2019

Robert Hilt, MD

Robert Hilt, MD is a Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a psychiatrist at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is the program director for the Partnership Access Line (PAL), a child mental health consultation service for primary care providers in both Washington and Wyoming. He is the Program Director for the Medicaid Medication Second Opinion Programs of Wyoming, Washington and Alaska, and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Psychiatric Consult Service in Wyoming for children in foster care. Dr. Hilt has also served as the co-chair of the Committee on Collaboration with Medical Professions with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Mental Health Editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ PREP-Self Assessment, and on the editorial boards for both Pediatric Annals and Psychiatric Annals. His primary interest is to increase professional collaboration between child psychiatrists and pediatric medical providers, and to increase access to high quality care.

  • What are your goals for the Integrated Care Training Program (ICTP)? 

To help bring our institution’s psychiatric training expertise into supporting providers to deliver different forms of collaborative and integrated healthcare. 

  • What are your ideas about new programs and/or new directions ICTP should develop? 

I would like to see us develop and further research brief behavioral interventions appropriate for delivery within pediatric primary care practices.

  • What is your greatest achievement? 

My greatest professional achievement is the opportunity I have had to work with our state in developing the Partnership Access Line child mental health consult service, to offer real time assistance for every primary care provider.

  • What led you to where you are today professionally? 

My years working as a general pediatrician showed me the struggle that families commonly have to address their children’s mental and behavioral health needs, which lead me to pursue additional fellowships in child psychiatry so that I could re-focus my work in this area.  

  • Tell us about your favorite vacation. What makes it your favorite? 

Any place with sun, fishing, and family is hard to beat.

  • Describe your perfect day outside of work (real or imagined). 

Any day I can spend either at or on the water.

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