Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training program offers an unsurpassed specialty training experience to our resident physicians. We also deliver high-quality patient care, advance research in child and adolescent psychiatry, and train fellows to succeed in program development and administration.
At the largest university-based child and adolescent psychiatry training program in the United States, our fellows enjoy the guidance and expertise of our renowned multidisciplinary faculty of child and adolescent psychiatrists, research scientists, and clinicians and train in world-class facilities.
Our program graduates are clinical, scientific, and educational leaders in the field. They have published hundreds of research studies in peer-reviewed journals and have been awarded numerous prestigious research grants and clinical awards from organizations, including the following:
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
- American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT)
- Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
- Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP)
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- The American College of Psychiatrists
We prepare graduates of our fellowship program with the education and training necessary to pass the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certification examination; in the past 10 years, our first-attempt pass rate has been 100 percent.
Our program graduates go on to become academic faculty, department chairs, and clinical leaders at hospitals throughout the United States. Many choose to pursue advanced clinical or research fellowship training.
Our fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry is a two-year program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program director is Aaron O. Reliford, MD, and the associate director is Tzvi Furer, MD.
We accept 10 fellows per year.
Clinical Training Sites
Our trainees obtain valuable clinical experience with diverse patient populations at the following locations we serve:
- Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone
- Child Study Center
- Kimmel Pavilion
- NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
- Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center
Our fellowship training program includes a formal didactic curriculum, as well as clinical training in a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, that provides fellows with well-rounded, in-depth exposure to as many treatment venues and modalities as possible.
The didactic portion of the program provides a thorough review of normal development and psychopathology from infancy through adulthood, which serves as the foundation for primary prevention and therapeutic interventions for mental health conditions.
The clinical portion involves rotations during which fellows evaluate and treat both inpatients and outpatients who have the full diagnostic spectrum of major psychiatric disorders.
All fellows are required to complete a scholarly project. Examples of previous projects include studies of medication or novel group therapeutic interventions and literature reviews. Other fellows have developed a public education campaign, an undergraduate course curriculum, or a private practice business plan as their scholarly project.
During your training, you hone the attitudes, knowledge, and clinical skills necessary to function independently as a medical specialist capable of coordinating and delivering skilled, compassionate, and comprehensive treatment to children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. This includes the ability to work effectively with families, caregivers, significant others, schools, additional medical specialists and mental health professionals, and the legal system.
Whereas traditional medical training focuses almost entirely on diagnosing and treating mental health conditions at the individual and family level, we recognize the role of child and adolescent psychiatrists as agents of social change. In addition to training you to fulfill your primary role as clinicians and treatment team leaders, we prepare you to serve as teachers, mentors, consultants, administrators, supervisors, and community leaders.
During the first year, fellows participate in an intensive series of didactic learning experiences, including seminars, case conferences, and journal clubs covering child development, emergency room evaluation, and behavioral therapy.
Lecture topics include child abuse, child development, cognitive behavioral therapy, effective communications and feedback, family therapy, how to talk to children and adolescents, child and adolescent pharmacology, neuropsychology, parent management, psychopathology, and evidence-based treatment.
Your rotations include child psychiatry inpatient service, early adolescent inpatient service, consultation and liaison services for pediatric neurology and neurodevelopment, and child and adolescent psychiatry emergency service.
To gain exposure to current research trends in the field, you take introductory research methods courses along with neurodevelopment and genetics courses to learn how to interpret research findings and become familiar with the scientific literature.
Fellows who wish to pursue a clinical or basic research project may do so with guidance from faculty mentor Kimberly E. Hoagwood, PhD, vice chair for research.
In your second year, you continue your didactic studies and treat long-term patients at the Child Study Center and at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at Bellevue. You perform intake evaluations, increase your caseload in the psychopharmacology service, and are invited to co-lead various therapeutic groups.
Topics covered in lectures and seminars include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adolescent substance use disorder, adoption and foster care, family therapy, psychotherapy, advanced psychopharmacology, bereavement, violence, neurodevelopment, pediatric obesity, sleep disorders, and talking to the media.
You also have opportunities to teach a class to undergraduates enrolled in the child and adolescent mental health studies minor at NYU College of Arts and Science; partner with local schools to provide on-site mental health services, train educators to identify high-risk students and help them improve their classroom-management skills, and teach middle and high school students resilience skills; or run a parent skills enhancement program for mothers with substance use disorders.
You gain further exposure to research methodology through participation in a monthly journal club, during which you work with a faculty member to present a research article and a review of the literature on a topic of your choosing. During the six months you spend rotating on inpatient units, you also participate in weekly journal clubs, psychopharmacology seminars, and grand rounds.
Each fellow is responsible for a poster presentation at the end of the second year, either individually or paired with a colleague. Your presentation can be clinical in nature or based on original research, administrative interests, educational theory, or practice.
How to Apply
The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship participates in the National Residency Matching Program®, also known as The Match®. We only accept residency program applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®), run by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
COVID-19 and the Application Process
Because of COVID-19, all interviews for our fellowship will be held online this year. We are currently working diligently to create a virtual platform to serve our applicants with all necessary resources, including virtual tours of our facility, interviews with current and former trainees, and opportunities to hear from our faculty. We wish you great success and thank you for adapting with us as we keep health and safety foremost in mind.
The application process will remain on ERAS® and NRMP®. Each year, interviews for residency positions typically take place from September through December. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you via email.
If you have questions about the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training program, please contact Nicolette Karim at firstname.lastname@example.org.