Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

Dulce Madrid
310-206-6721
DVMadrid@mednet.ucla.edu

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Areas of Distinction

As a UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, you will have the opportunity to focus your training and gain additional skills in a specific area. We are pleased to offer four Areas of Distinctions (AODs):

AOD Highlights

Psychotherapy with a Psychoanalytic Concentration AOD: "This AOD has allowed me to understand developmental stages and create frameworks for approaching my therapeutic work with kids and their caregivers. Learning opportunities such as the APsA fellowship and NCP's CAPP have increased my foundational knowledge of psychoanalytic theories and history. "

Parent-Infant Mental Health AOD: "Parent-Infant Mental health is the perfect bridge between our general adult training and CAP training. Understanding caregiver mental health, secure attachment theory, and dyadic treatment modalities provides trainees with opportunities to address child psychopathology through early intervention and prevention work."

Ewurama Sackey, MD
Psychotherapy with a Psychoanalytic Concentration AOD
Parent-Infant Mental Health AOD
"The clinician-educator AOD was a phenomenal experience that I felt practiced what it preached. The supervisors modeled effective teaching styles during the didactics where they were teaching us about how to teach, and that learning was invaluable. As part of the AOD, I was given the opportunity to create new curricula within our own fellowship program that led to meaningful and impactful change, and for that I am very grateful."
Mahta Baghoolizadeh
Clinician-Educator AOD

Psychotherapy with a Psychoanalytic Concentration AOD: "This AOD has allowed me to understand developmental stages and create frameworks for approaching my therapeutic work with kids and their caregivers. Learning opportunities such as the APsA fellowship and NCP's CAPP have increased my foundational knowledge of psychoanalytic theories and history. "

Parent-Infant Mental Health AOD: "Parent-Infant Mental health is the perfect bridge between our general adult training and CAP training. Understanding caregiver mental health, secure attachment theory, and dyadic treatment modalities provides trainees with opportunities to address child psychopathology through early intervention and prevention work."

Ewurama Sackey, MD
Psychotherapy with a Psychoanalytic Concentration AOD
Parent-Infant Mental Health AOD
"The psychotherapy AOD was a highlight of training at UCLA. Built to provide a psychoanalytic perspective to the work, it was an exceptional experience, complementing and broadening my understanding of psychotherapy with children. The coursework through the New Center for Psychoanalysis constructed a solid foundation of psychoanalytic theory, and the supervision was peerless. Dr. Donner has a unique ability to build a community around her, and I look forward to remaining in touch with the many people I have met through this program, as colleagues and friends."
Trevor Shaddox
Psychotherapy with a Psychoanalytic Concentration AOD
"CGCP offers a unique way to harness one's passion and goals of improving children's mental health in the community outside of UCLA. My experience of having dedicated mentors who share a similar mission and passion for community work helped augment the already wonderful UCLA training experience. It is such an amazing opportunity to build partnerships and collaborations with various community organizations."
Edward Castelo
Community and Global Child Psychiatry AOD
"The Community and Global Child Psychiatry (CGCP) Area of Distinction is an incredible opportunity to further learn about systems of care, advocacy, and community collaboration with the guidance and wisdom of inspiring and committed mentors. With their support, I learned how to take an idea and strategically develop an intervention with community stakeholders to bring it to fruition. This experience has critically shaped my understanding of how community partnerships can drive necessary change."
Karina España
Community and Global Child Psychiatry AOD
"I am so grateful for the Clinician-Educator AOD where I have received mentorship through all phases of fellowship, from brainstorming teaching project ideas to looking for a job. It has been so helpful to have a supportive community to grow with during fellowship. I have felt supported in my unique goals and feel stronger and much more confident in my abilities as a clinician-educator. I would strongly recommend this AOD for all that interested in teaching or academics in any capacity."
Sneha Venkatraman
Clinician-Educator AOD
"…Despite the many years of schooling and training, I had not had many opportunities to take a deep dive into learning about how we learn, take in information, and then synthesize, retain, and apply it. We also learned about the nuances to different types of learning and teaching, and how our emotions and imaginations are captured and involved. The AOD fundamentally changed how I understood my own learning methods and needs, and in turn how I can better connect with peers, colleagues, patients, and the greater community. The opportunity to receive mentorship, guidance, and support in our development was truly a privilege and blessing, and one for which I will remain deeply thankful."
Stephanie Han
Clinician-Educator AOD
"This track brought psychoanalytical theories to my work with patients, which not only enriched and deepened my appreciation for their challenges but also my connection with them. The AOD through its many components such as mentorship, study groups, psychoanalytical psychotherapy training, and networking offers a systematic and practical way of understanding, de-constructing, and applying psychoanalytical theories to clinical work."
Manal Khan
Psychotherapy with a Psychoanalytic Concentration AOD