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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program is an integral part of the UT Southwestern Medical School, Children’s Health System of Texas, and the Dallas psychiatric community.

Our mission is to develop Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists with broad clinical and professional competence. We place great emphasis on developmental, biopsychosocial, cognitive, psychodynamic, cross-cultural, family systems and behavioral concepts. This emphasis includes knowledge of normal and pathological development, developmental neuroscience, and deviations due to environmental stressors, cultural differences, and psychopathology.

The aim of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training program is to graduate Psychiatrists who will be leaders in their field and at the cutting edge of evidenced-based treatments and innovative approaches to patient care. Fellows are encouraged to pursue a variety of career options with exposure to experienced Clinician-Educators and Researcher-Educators and laying a foundation of life-long learning and academic excellence. The rich and diverse patient population and myriad sub-specialty programming affords Trainees experience in caring for unique patient populations in hospital-based and community settings and prepares them to manage even the most challenging cases in this vastly underserved area of medicine. General Psychiatry residents, Neurology fellows, Pediatric residents, Medical students, Psychology interns, and Social Work students also rotate through the division’s training sites, ensuring a rich, multi-disciplinary training experience.

By the end of your training in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, you will be able to:

  • Perform effective evaluations and formulate diagnoses and treatment plans for developmental and biopsychosocial issues as noted in the Clinical Skills Evaluations.
  • Develop and monitor comprehensive treatment plans for children, adolescents, and their families in all settings.
  • Demonstrate competency in a broad spectrum of therapeutic treatment modalities, including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, behavior management, education, and community planning.
  • Learn consultation/liaison skills in both medical and non-medical settings, including schools and legal settings with patients with substance abuse/dependence issues.
  • Develop the administrative and communication skills necessary for multi-disciplinary collaboration with pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, therapy aides, teachers, and counselors.
  • Continue to expand knowledge of current and seminal research and literature in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Graduates of the UT Southwestern Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program have entered private practice, accepted research and teaching faculty positions, become medical directors for inpatient and outpatient units in both the public and private sector, and pursed training in psychoanalysis and many other opportunities throughout the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and the rest of the United States.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows' Retreat at Topgolf in 2019