The UCLA Semel Institute’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program has trained many of our nation’s clinical and research leaders in the field of child psychiatry. Overall, the UCLA child psychiatry training program seeks to balance meeting all ACGME requirements with providing opportunities for exposure to the breadth of evidence-based clinical programs and research in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. The first year is dedicated to clinical training in predominantly hospital-based clinical settings, including our renowned Eating Disorders Unit, early childhood autism program, pediatric and emergency room consultation, adolescent inpatient unit and our young child partial hospital program. Also during the first year, fellows will have the opportunity to begin training in long-term psychotherapy and family therapy. Other educational experiences include lecture series that focus on child development and psychopathology, pediatric psychopharmacology, and pediatric psychosomatic medicine. In preparation for the advanced seminar series, an introductory seminar in research methods to improve research literacy for clinicians is convened in the spring.

The second year of clinical training is dedicated to the care of children with psychiatric disorders and their families in multiple outpatient care settings, ranging from university-based general and sub-specialty clinics to community-based settings, such as juvenile justice and community mental health centers. Consequently, the core didactic series for the second-year fellows are dedicated to more specialized areas within child psychiatry. The goal is to raise awareness of future advances to anticipate within the field as you enter clinical practice and/or areas for future research to build an academic career. Elective time is set aside to explore special areas of interest within child psychiatry, and to collaborate with a faculty mentor of your choosing, in such areas as administration, international child psychiatry, education, clinical subspecialty training, and research.

Overall, the strengths of our training program are the outstanding quality of our fellows, dedicated and talented intramural and clinical faculty, and tremendous breadth of academic opportunities within UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry and affiliated university and community-based programs.

The UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program is an ACGME- accredited program that has two RRC-approved tracks: a traditional, 2-year clinical training program (6 positions per year) and a 3-year research-clinical training program (1 position per year).

Traditional 2-year UCLA Semel Institute’s Clinical Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  1. During the first year, the fellows gain experience in hospital-based settings and in long-term psychotherapy. Each fellow completes three 4 month-long clinical rotations:

    1. Child and Adolescent Inpatient Service/Adolescent Partial Program
    2. Young Child Partial Program
    3. Consultation-Liaison/ER.

  2. In the second year, the fellows work in the outpatient setting. In addition to outpatient clinics, second year fellows are exposed to forensic and school settings and carry at least two long-term psychotherapy cases. All second year fellows are required to do one elective in child and adolescent psychiatry for five hours per week. Electives range from college mental health, integrated care and health systems, international electives, research projects, inpatient and program chiefships, just to name a few.

    The Second Year Fellows see children and adolescents for evaluations and treatment in six clinic settings:

    1. CHAMP (Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program) Clinic
    2. Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic
    3. Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic
    4. STAR (Stress, Trauma, And Resilience) Clinic
    5. Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic
    6. Augustus Hawkins Community Mental Health Clinic
    7. CAN (Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental) Clinic

UCLA Semel Institute’s Research-Clinical Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Although the clinical rotations have some flexibility, the following is a typical clinical training schedule for the research-clinical fellow:

  1. During the first year, the research fellow gains similar experience in hospital-based settings as the traditional clinical track fellows but in abbreviated rotations during the first half of the year, completing three 2 month-long clinical rotations:

    1. Child and Adolescent Inpatient Service/Adolescent Partial Program
    2. Young Child Partial Program
    3. Consultation-Liaison/ER
    4. And out-patient rotations the second half of the year, with protected Research Elective time during the remaining time:
    5. Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic (Monday afternoons for 6 months)
    6. Augustus Hawkins Community Mental Health Clinic (Thursdays, for 4 months)
    7. CAN (Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental) Clinic (Thursday afternoons for 4 months)

  2. In the second year, the fellow completes

    1. Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic (one half day per week)
    2. Long-term psychotherapy cases (minimum 2 cases)
    3. Research Elective

  3. In the third year, the research fellow continues their long-term psychotherapy cases, can elect to be involved in any general and/or specialty clinics, and has the majority of time protected for research.