Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

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Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

Dulce Madrid

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Smitta V. Patel, MD, MPH

Associate Physician
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Dr. Patel is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center. She earned her Master of Public Health and Medical Doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. After completing her undergraduate and graduate studies, she went on for her adult psychiatry training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her interest in children brought her to UCLA for her child and adolescent psychiatry training. Dr. Patel is also board certified in Addiction Medicine. 


  • 2009 – University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago, MD
  • 2012 – Johns Hopkins Hospital, Psychiatry Residency
  • 2014 – UCLA, Child Psychiatry Fellowship

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Inpatient Child & Adolescent Unit
  • UCLA TIES for Families Program
  • Chief of Innovation and Systems Improvement Department of Mental Health (VA)
    • CARF and Joint Commission for Mental Health
    • Quality Improvement Projects (Firearms Prohibition, Use of Artificial Intelligence in Patients with Insomnia, Polypharmacy in the Elderly, Primary Care Follow-up for the Severely Mentally Ill)
  • Director, HIV Psychiatry Clinic
  • Medical missions, Gujarat, India

Roles within the division/Fellowship

  • Child psychiatric services on the Inpatient Child & Adolescent Unit