Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training program offers unsurpassed specialty training to our resident physicians. In conjunction with NYC Health + Hospital/Bellevue and Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, our fellows deliver high-quality patient care, engage in scholarly activity in child and adolescent psychiatry, and train to be leaders in program development, clinical supervision, and administration.
One of the largest child and adolescent psychiatry training programs in the world, our fellowship is led by Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH, and Tia B. Mansouri, MD. Fellows enjoy the guidance and expertise of our renowned multidisciplinary faculty of child and adolescent psychiatrists, research scientists, and educators and train in world-class facilities.
Our program graduates are clinical, scientific, and educational leaders in the field who go on to become academic faculty, department chairs, and leaders at clinics and hospitals throughout the United States. Some choose to pursue advanced clinical or research fellowship training. Our graduates have published hundreds of research studies in peer-reviewed journals and have been awarded numerous prestigious research grants and clinical awards from leading psychiatry 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 to pass the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certification examination. For the past 10 years, our first-attempt pass rate has been 100 percent.
Our fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry is a two-year program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We accept 10 new fellows per year and one six-year combined research track resident to bring the total number of fellows per class to 11.
Clinical Training Sites
Our fellows train with diverse patient populations at the following locations:
- 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 program includes a formal didactic curriculum and clinical training in a full range of inpatient and outpatient services that provide fellows with in-depth training and exposure to many treatment venues and modalities.
The didactic portion of the program provides a thorough review of normal development, psychopathology, and treatment from infancy through adulthood, which serves as the foundation for the preventative and therapeutic interventions that fellows practice in our clinical venues. The training portion incorporates rotations on which fellows evaluate and treat both inpatients and outpatients and are exposed to the full diagnostic spectrum of major psychiatric disorders.
All fellows are required to complete a scholarly project. Examples of previous projects include studies of medications or novel group therapeutic interventions and literature reviews. Other fellows have developed public education campaigns, undergraduate course curricula, or private practice business plans.
Throughout 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. On each rotation, you learn to collaborate effectively with families, caregivers, significant others, schools and agencies, 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 receiving training to become clinicians and treatment team leaders, you are also prepared 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 that cover child development, emergency room evaluation, and behavioral therapy. Topics include child abuse, child development, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and effective communications and feedback. You also learn about how to talk to children and adolescents, child and adolescent pharmacology, neuropsychology, parent management, psychopathology, and evidence-based treatment.
Your rotations include a variety of child and adolescent psychiatry inpatient services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center; a partial hospitalization program at Bellevue; inpatient and outpatient consultation and liaison services including both pediatric neurology and neurodevelopment at NYU’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital; and the child and adolescent psychiatry emergency service at Bellevue.
Trainees gain exposure to current research and become more proficient in reading and evaluating scientific literature in both the didactic portion of training and during a dedicated scholarly month. Fellows who wish to pursue a clinical or basic research project may do so with guidance from faculty mentor Moriah E. Thomason, PhD, vice chair for research.
In the second year, fellows continue with didactics, in addition to focusing on outpatient treatment at the Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital Outpatient Clinic. Employing a combination of both in person and telepsychiatry modalities, fellows evaluate new patients and provide ongoing care to preexisting clinic patients in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. The second-year didactic program incorporates seminars focused on substance abuse, adoption and foster care, family therapy, advanced psychotherapy, advanced psychopharmacology, bereavement, violence, neurodevelopment, pediatric obesity, sleep disorders, and talking to the media. Trainees gain further exposure to research methods through participation in journal clubs and weekly grand rounds.
Fellows have an extraordinary list of elective opportunities to which they can devote 20% of their second year. Some fellows will opt to teach a class to undergraduates enrolled in the child and adolescent mental health studies minor at the NYU College of Arts and Science. Other fellows may take on a junior attending role on an inpatient or outpatient service; partner with local schools to provide on-site mental health services; develop group treatments for parents and/or children; work within the juvenile detention or foster care systems; engage in research; train in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); or develop a unique elective of their own design.
Each fellow is responsible for a poster presentation at the end of the second year, either individually or paired with a colleague. The 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). Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service, administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Selected applicants will have the opportunity to interview in person or online from mid-September through early December. During interviews, applicants will receive a complete orientation to our department and training program, tour our facilities (in person or virtually), and meet with faculty and fellows.
If you have questions about the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training program, please contact Nicolette Karim at Nicolette.Karim@NYULangone.org.