Traditional 2-year Clinical Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
1. During the first year, the fellows gain experience in hospital-based settings, in an outpatient clinic, and in long-term psychotherapy. In addition to the acute inpatient and partial hospital rotations, the fellows rotate in the UCLA Family STAR (Stress, Trauma, And Resilience) Clinic once a week while on the consult liaison rotation. In this clinic, they conduct clinical evaluations, as well as observe their peers conducting evaluations, through a one-way mirror with supervision.  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 work, second year fellows are exposed to forensic 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 international electives, research projects, an inpatient chiefship,   just to name a few).

The Fellows see children and adolescents for evaluations and treatment in five clinics: 

  1. Augustus Hawkins Community Mental Health Clinic
  2. CHAMP (Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program) Clinic
  3. Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  4. General Child Outpatient Clinic
  5. Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic
  6. CAN (Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental) Clinic


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

And out-patient rotations the second half of Year 1, with protected Research Elective time during the remaining time:

  1. Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic (Monday afternoons for 6 months)
  2. CAN (Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental) Clinic (Thursday afternoons for 3 months)
  3. Forensics (Thursday afternoons for 1 month)

2. In the second year, the fellow completes:

  1. Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic (one half day per week)
  2. Community Psychiatry at Augustus Hawkins Community Mental Health Clinic (Thursdays, for 4 months)
  3. Long-term psychotherapy cases (1- 2 cases)
  4. KSADS training (Monday afternoon for 3 months)
  5. Research Elective

3. In the third year, the research fellow can continue their long-term psychotherapy cases, as needed and can elect to be involved in any general and/or specialty clinics, but has no required clinic activities. This year can be fully dedicated time protected for research.

Director: Sheryl Kataoka MD, MSHS