Robert S. McKelvey, M.D.


Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

Robert S. McKelvey, M.D. came to OHSU in 1998 from Australia where he was Foundation Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Western Australia and Director of the Psychiatry Department at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth. Prior to this, Dr. McKelvey was Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Executive Medical Director of the DePelchin Children's Center in Houston, Texas. 

Dr. McKelvey obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1966 and graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1974. He completed his general psychiatry training at the Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1977 and his child and adolescent psychiatry training at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts in 1979. Dr. McKelvey is board-certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. 

Dr. McKelvey is an attending on the Consultation Liaison Service at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and has a faculty practice assessing and treating children, adolescents, young adults, and families. He has extensive experience in cross-cultural psychiatric assessment, treatment, and research and has a grant to develop a mental health clinic for Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian children and their families within the OHSU International Psychiatry Program. He has written two books based on his personal experiences as U.S. Marine Corps civil affairs officer during the Vietnam War: The Dust of Life: America's Children Abandoned in Vietnam and A Gift of Barbed Wire: America's Allies Abandoned in South Vietnam.

Dr. McKelvey also has a strong interest in youth suicide prevention and has received a grant to develop a training program in the diagnosis and treatment of adolescent depression and suicide in conjunction with the Department of Pediatrics.