Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

Dulce Madrid

COVID-19 Information



, MD, MS

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Program Director, UCLA Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship


Misty Richards is the Program Director for the UCLA Semel Institute’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and holds a joint appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in both the UCLA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from UCLA, where her interest in perinatal mental health first began, while conducting research studying pregnant mothers with anxiety and depression. For the next four years, Dr. Richards was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, studying among other things the pathophysiology of mood disorders. During this time, she also helped start a medical clinic in Ddegeya Village, Uganda, where she began a partnership between this rural area of Uganda and multiple U.S. universities and organizations. At Albany Medical College in New York, Dr. Richards obtained an M.S. in Neuroscience along with her medical degree and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the stigma of mental illness in Japan compared to the United States. Dr. Richards then completed her General Psychiatry Residency and Child Fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute. Since joining faculty at UCLA, Dr. Richards has developed her expertise in the area of perinatal psychiatry and infant mental health, currently serving as the Associate Medical Director of the UCLA Maternal Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program. Dr. Richards is also the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Perinatal Psychiatry for the Maternal Outpatient Mental health Services (MOMS) Clinic in the Department of OB-GYN.


2003 – University of California, Los Angeles, B.S.
2007 – Albany Medical College, M.D.
2010 – Albany Medical College, M.S.
2015 – UCLA Semel Institute, Adult Psychiatry Residency
2017 – UCLA Semel Institute, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Chief Fellow

Research & clinical interests

Perinatal Mental Health & Access to Care
Infant Psychiatry & Attachment Theory
Curriculum Development & Training in Resident/Fellow Education
Providing timely mental health services to at-risk transitional age youth

Roles within the division/Fellowship

Director, UCLA Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS), UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Associate Medical Director, Perinatal Partial Hospitalization Program
Lectures on topics such as infant mental health, working with children