Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

Dulce Madrid

COVID-19 Information

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The UCLA Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program promotes clinical excellence, curiosity, and compassion as we prepare the next generation of child psychiatry leaders to advance the knowledge and treatment of mental illness one child, family, system, and community at a time. We seek to ensure clinical competency while providing unique opportunities to learn about pioneering neuroscience, ground-breaking somatic and psychotherapeutic treatments, and population health from world-renowned faculty members. Our training program strives to address mental health disparities and serves a diverse patient population that draws from the local Los Angeles and Southern California region while also serving as a referral center for patients and families worldwide.

Year 1

The first year of child psychiatry fellowship includes three 4-month hospital-based rotations.

Year 2

The second year of child psychiatry fellowship consists of rotations in both general and specialty child psychiatry outpatient clinics as well as protected time for electives.

Second-year fellows see patients in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic one-half day per week for 12 months.

They also see children and adolescents for evaluations and treatment in five specialty clinics, for one-half day per week for 6 months:

Finally, second-year fellows participate in 3 shorter term rotations:

Elective Opportunities

In addition to the second-year required rotations above, each fellow can choose one or more elective experiences for at least 5 hours per week. 

Areas of Distinction:

  • Community-Global Child Psychiatry
  • Clinician-Educator 
  • Psychotherapy with a Psychoanalytic Concentration
  • Parent-Infant Mental Health


  • Program Chief: administrative, lead fellowship activities, liaison with division and departmental leadership
  • Psychotherapy Chief: administrative, recruit and choose appropriate long-term  psychotherapy patients for fellows, coordinate referrals 
  • Wellbeing Chief: administrative, lead Child Division Fellowship wellness activities and wellness efforts 
  • Emergency Medicine Chief: administrative, coordinate with multidisciplinary Emergency Department teams, participate in Emergency Department Throughput Committee
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Chief: helps integrate JEDI principles into all training activities to reinforce the vision and values of our program
  • Inpatient Chief: administrative, educational role, medical student, resident, fellow teaching, work closely with inpatient medical director


Regular Opportunities for Electives: 


Examples of “Create Your Own” Electives: 

  • Educational/Psychological Assessments (I. Blum) 
  • Research Project (various) 
  • Psychotherapy, individual or group therapy (additional psychotherapy supervisor)
  • International/Away Elective (given COVID-19, this elective is on-hold for the 2020-21 academic year) 
  • Other (design your own, start planning early)

*Electives that can be expanded experiences of required rotations.