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V. Grace Matheson, MD, PhD, Division Chief

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care of medically, developmentally, and psychiatrically complex patients


V. Grace Matheson, MD, PhD, is program director of outpatient psychiatry services at Dayton Children's Hospital.

Language Spoken: English

education and training

  • medical school: University of Michigan Medical School
  • internship and residency:  Psychiatry - Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center and Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Integrated Residency Program
  • fellowship:  Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center and Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Integrated Fellowship Program
  • board certification: Psychiatry; Child and adolescent psychiatry

publications and presentations

  • The Psychiatrist is Part of the Primary Care Team, presented to Ohio Pediatric Care Alliance at the 2015 Pediatric Update Regional Conference: Pediatric Specialty Focused on Primary Care on April 21, 2015 in Springfield, OH
  • The Pediatric Mental Health Resource Center and You:  Working Together to Care for Our Kids, presented to the Western Ohio Pediatric Society on September 16, 2014 in Dayton, OH
  • Sansone, R.A., V.G. Matheson, G.A. Gaither, and N. Logan. 2008. Concerns about career stigma by military parents of children with psychiatric illness. Military Medicine. 173:134-137
  • Published research in the field of environmental microbiology (multiple publications)

awards, honors and organizations

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Western Ohio Pediatric Society
  • Leading Physicians of the World, 2017 Edition
  • The National Health Service Corps Service Certificate in recognition of fulfilling a commitment to serve America's communities with limited access to care, 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation from The Ohio State University College of Nursing for time and dedication to the Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program, Precepting Students for 160 hours, academic year 2009-2010
  • Wright State University Faculty Recognition Award, June 3, 2007 - Presented by the Department of Psychiatry Residents in Recognition of Valued Guidance and Inspiration
  • United States Air Force Awards and Decorations (multiple)

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

my interest in Psychiatry began with a lifelong fascination with the human psyche. In medical school, I found that I had an affinity for Psychiatry, for learning about the inner lives of patients and helping them heal. In residency, I discovered the joy of working with children and families, sharing their struggles, admiring their resilience and their heroism.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

I want to be part of an organization that does the right thing for the community. I see that as an overarching goal at Dayton Children's Hospital.

Dayton Children's is special because...

the people here are wonderful! It's a happy, friendly, supportive workforce and very professional.  We all work hard and pull together to do our very best for our kids and families. And the kids! The kids are amazing.

ratings and reviews
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Dayton Survey

She is a wonderful and compassionate doctor.

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Dayton Survey

The doctor and staff treat us as individuals and value our thoughts and concerns.

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Dayton Survey

Dr Matheson takes her time and listens to the concerns of the patient and the parents. She answers questions that my child has in a way that is easy for him to understand.

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Dayton Survey

We looked for a doctor that would help with my autistic son for years, everyone always said ADHD but never wanted to do anything but throw medication at him. She listens, she’s observes, and if she’s not sure of an answer she talks to other doctors to make 100% sure we’re on the right path. It hasn’t been an easy 12 years but with having these doctors it’s made it where we’re not fighting this fight alone.

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