Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID)

At Boston Children's Hospital
Welcome to physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, and any other clinician who works to better the lives of children, adolescents, and young adults.

The Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) is a multidisciplinary team led by Michael Rich, MD, MPH and Mike Tsappis, MD. We have been evaluating and treating increasing numbers of children, adolescents, and young adults in our clinic whose excessive online activities have caused problems with sleep, school, social functioning, and various aspects of physical and mental health. The CIMAID team can help you address and reduce the negative consequences of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU), while helping the children, adolescents, and young adults in your life adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

Digital Wellness:

An intentional state of physical, mental, and social health that occurs with mindful engagement with the digital and natural environment.

Looking for our Clinician Toolkit?

We've created a clinician toolkit to help clinicians working with adolescent populations understand the importance of recognizing media as an environmental health concern. As with all of our work, we've drawn from the latest data and peer reviewed research in the field. Read more...

Clinician FAQ

Common questions from healthcare professionals like you
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If you are a clinician and would like to make a referral, please contact us at 617-355-9447 or

If you or your organization are interested in learning how to evaluate, diagnose, and treat individuals suffering from PIMU, contact us to learn more about our training program. We can be reached by phone at 617-355-9447 or by email at

You can find our comprehensive Clinician Toolkit here

The Family Media Plan, created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is an easy-to-use online tool that clinicians can share with parents and caregivers, to help them create a customized plan about media use.

The Digital Wellness Lab (formerly the Center on Media and Child Health) at Boston Children’s Hospital provides evidence-based information and tips for parents about how media can affect the health and well-being of children and teens.

The Center for Young Women’s Health and Young Men’s Health, both at Boston Children’s Hospital, have health guides aimed specifically at teens about media and its effects.

The Digital Wellness Lab offers an in-depth Teen Guide on general tips for using the internet in a healthy way.