Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia blends modern psychiatry with the richness of one of the first child and family community mental health centers in the nation. We offer a two-year, ACGME-approved Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is part of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, accepting five PGY 4 or 5 residents each year.

The mission of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program is to train competent, passionate child and adolescent psychiatrists who will serve as model clinicians, educators and advocates within the field of medicine and other disciplines. Our dynamic program will provide you with a thorough understanding of child and adolescent development, psychopathology, etiology and natural history, and medical and behavioral treatments.

Fellows participate in a wide range of clinical, research and didactic activities. Didactic seminars occurring during a protected day emphasize normal development, phenomenology, psychopathology, psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic interventions, consultation strategies, and research methodology. A wide range of theoretical perspectives and modalities are emphasized for the care of infants, preschool children, grade-school children, adolescents and their families.

You will have the opportunity to work with children of all ages in a wide variety of treatment settings. Additionally, you will gain experience in research and education to help you become a critical consumer of new information, at the very least, or a contributor, if so desired. 

  • Leadership
    • Tami D. Benton, MD, Director of Education & Psychiatrist-in-Chief
    • Terri L. Randall, MD, Associate Training Director
    • Amy Kim, MD, Assistant Training Director of the Post Pediatric Portal Program
    • Evelyn Santiago Schulz, Psychiatry Residency Training Program Coordinator
  • First-year rotations

    The first year includes several acute care rotations and some outpatient and research experience. Fellows will rotate through child and adolescent inpatient units at the Horsham Clinic, therapeutic preschool partial hospital program at the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CcTC), and pediatric consultation and liaison psychiatry, pediatric neurology, developmental behavioral pediatrics and outpatient service at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    First year fellows will have an outpatient continuity clinic where they will follow two to four patients. For those starting with an inpatient rotation, it is suggested that fellows choose patients whom they have been following on an acute rotation and transition their care into the outpatient setting. This will enhance the continuity of care for the patient and help the fellow understand the unique roles a psychiatrist assumes in different settings.
     
    Each Thursday is committed to didactic seminars and teaching conferences that cover basic and advanced academic topics at the core of child and adolescent psychiatric training for both fellow years.

    First year rotations include:

    • Five months of inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry
    • Two-and-a-half months of consult/liaison at CHOP
    • Two-and-a-half months of outpatient clinics, preschool clinic and research
    • One month of pediatrics neurology
    • One month of developmental/behavioral pediatrics

    Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Robert Kovar, MD

    Fellows provide patient care by gathering essential information about their patients, making informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and developing and carrying out patient management plans. For more information, please visit the Horsham Clinic's Child and Adolescent Inpatient Programs.

    Consultation/Liaison

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Alexander Scharko, MD

    The rotation with the Behavioral Health Integrated Program (BHIP) allows fellows the opportunity to practice pediatric psychosomatic medicine at the premier Children’s Hospital in the nation. Fellows work with attending physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, therapists and trainees at all levels, in all of the pediatric services at CHOP to address the mental health needs of patients who are admitted to CHOP for a medical illness. While on service, the fellow has the opportunity to demonstrate administrative and educational leadership, while learning the principles of psychosomatic medicine as a multidisciplinary specialty.

    Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CcTC)

    Ashley Angert, DO
    Taliba Foster, MD

    Fellows will learn and employ play therapy with children, ages 3 to 5 years, who are placed in a Therapeutic Nursery for a variety of issues including anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, and trauma. For more information, please visit the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center website.

    Young Child Clinic

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Stephanie Drabble, LCSW

    First year fellows will learn how to evaluate children less than 5 years of age while considering the impact of development, temperament, parent-child interactions, attachment and experience on the child’s social, emotional and behavioral presentation. Fellows will develop an understanding of the preventative nature of early childhood evaluation and treatment.

    Research

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Rhonda C. Boyd, PhD

    The purpose of this rotation is for fellows to explore research opportunities at CHOP and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. By the end of the rotation, fellows are expected to have identified a project and a research mentor who they will work with during  the second year of fellowship.

    Neurology

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Donald Younkin, MD

    Fellows will have an opportunity to learn to evaluate children and adolescents with psychiatric manifestations of pediatric neurologic conditions. The rotation occurs in the outpatient clinic and is supervised by the pediatric neurology faculty, who have expertise clinically and/or in basic and clinical neuroscience research.

    Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Nathan J. Blum, MD

    Fellows will have the opportunity to see manifestations of behavioral difficulties that are evaluated in the context of temperament, attachment and normal development, as well as disorders that result from abnormal development. Broad exposure to the psychological evaluations of learning disabilities and developmental disabilities are incorporated into this rotation.

    For more information, please visit the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program.

    Assessment Clinic

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Terri Randall, MD

    This first year assessment clinic is designed to provide fellows and other trainees with an intensive introduction to psychiatric evaluation of children and adolescents and their families. The attending child psychiatrist provides direct clinical supervision, modeling and didactic teaching in a small group setting in order to establish a solid foundation for clinical interviewing, clinical observations and diagnostic formulation.

  • Second-year rotation

    The second year includes an intensive outpatient experience, consultative work and electives. With inpatient work completed, fellows have 12 to 16 hours each week of outpatient treatment with children, adolescents and families. Case conferences and seminars continue to be an important training focus. There are organized clinical experiences in psychopharmacology, community mental health, preschool assessment, school consultation and forensic child and adolescent psychiatry.

    Elective rotations include opportunities to participate in evaluations of speech and hearing, intellectual disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders, observations at early intervention centers and pediatric subspecialty rotations, forensic child and adolescent psychiatry and opportunities to act as evaluators and therapists in a behavioral treatment or college health center. Individual supervision is provided by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine faculty members and continues during the first and second years.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD

    During this rotation, fellows have the opportunity to evaluate and provide treatment to children with a variety of anxiety disorders. Fellows receive live, direct clinical supervision, group supervision, and didactic teaching about cognitive behavioral therapy for children.

    Forensics

    VisionQuest National, Ltd.
    Terri Prescott, DO

    This unique experience allows fellows to better understand the interface between psychiatry, the family court system and "at-risk" youth. Fellows directly observe court proceedings, complete forensic evaluations and interact with court-involved youth. For more information, please visit VisionQuest.

    Eating Disorders Clinic and Related Addiction

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Ronald Liebman, MD
    Laurel Weaver, MD, PhD

    The Eating Disorders Clinic is a rotation where fellows, with direct attending supervision, will assess and treat patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. Fellows will gain experience in working with systems and families to aid the recovery of their patients. Fellows will also start to understand the medical and psychiatric complexities of eating disorders and will work in conjunction with the Adolescent Medicine team at CHOP. Fellows will have the opportunity to follow their patients from their inpatient admissions to their recovery in outpatient treatment.

    Neurodevelopmental Clinic

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Raghuram Prasad, MD
    Anthony Rostain, MD

    Fellows will develop knowledge and experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of patients who present with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, Tourette’s, and genetic disorders with neurodevelopmental complications.

    School

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Ricardo Eiraldi, PhD
    Dale Schulz, LCSW
    Terri Molony, PhD

    Fellows will learn about the role of the mental health consultant within the public school systems, including consultation to the staff and school, and psychiatric evaluations of children. 

    The Consortium

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Katherine Kovner-Kline, MD

    This rotation provides fellows with the opportunity to perform initial psychiatric evaluations and medication management visits at a community mental health clinic for children and adolescents which serves the West Philadelphia residents. Pease visit The Consortium website for more information.

    Young Child Clinic

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Stephanie Drabble, LCSW

    Second year fellows further develop their skills in the evaluation of children less than 5 years of age while considering the impact of development, temperament, parent-child interactions, attachment and experience on the child’s social, emotional and behavioral presentation. Fellows will develop an understanding of the preventative nature of early childhood evaluation and treatment.

    Psychopharmacology Clinic

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Karin Borgmann-Winter, MD
    Amy Kim, MD

    Psychopharmacology clinic provides fellows a longitudinal experience in treating children and adolescents who require psychotropic medications as part of their overall treatment plan with consultation and direct supervision from attending psychiatrists. In the didactic portion of the course, fellows learn about neurobiology of psychiatric disorders, advanced psychopharmacology, and informed consent. In addition, fellows learn an evidenced-based approach to selecting medications, monitoring treatment response and managing side effects.

    New Patient Evaluation Clinic

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Ellen Sholevar, MD
    Robert Berkowitz, MD

    Fellows conduct semi-independent new evaluations of children, adolescents and families within a two- to three-hour time frame. In this clinic, the fellow has the opportunity to teach student observers and present a case formulation to an attending psychiatrist with live supervision. The treatment recommendations are then relayed to the patient and family with the attending psychiatrist. A written psychiatric evaluation is completed with review by the attending psychiatrist.

  • Post-Pediatric Portal Program

    The Post Pediatric Portal Program is a three-year combined training program in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Physicians who have completed a core pediatric residency are eligible to apply. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for and expected to take the board certification in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    How to apply to the Pediatric-Portal Program

    Our typical applicants are individuals who have recently completed their pediatric residency (within the past five years), or later career pediatricians seeking additional training/career shifts in psychiatry and CAP.

    To apply for the Post Pediatric Portal Program, please submit the following:

    • Fellowship Application
    • Personal statement describing yourself and outlining your reasons for pursuing a career in child and adolescent psychiatry
    • Three letters of recommendation from physicians, preferably under whom you have served or trained
    • Copies of USMILE 1, 2, and 3 scores

    Completed applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews typically in January. For additional information, please e-mail Evelyn Santiago Schulz at santiagoschulze@email.chop.edu.

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

    Sample rotation schedule

    Year 1

    • Four months Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry
    • Four months Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
    • One month Adult Consult/Liaison Psychiatry
    • One month Adult Emergency Psychiatry/Night Float
    • One month Adult Neurology
    • Half month Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry
    • Half month Inpatient Addiction

    Year 2

    Monday
    AM - Adult Psychiatry Elective; Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry
    PM - Resident Psychotherapy Practice (RPP)

    Tuesday
    AM - General Ambulatory Psychiatry (GAP)
    PM - GAP OR Subspecialty Clinic

    Wednesday
    AM - Child Assessment Clinic/Preschool Assessment Clinic
    PM - Child Outpatient Clinic

    Thursday
    AM - Adult Didactics
    PM - Child Didactics/Family Therapy Training

    Friday
    AM - Adult Assessment Clinic
    PM - Resident Psychotherapy Practice (RPP)

    Year 3

    • School Consult
    • Forensics
    • CBT Clinic
    • Neurodevelopment Clinic
    • Community & Preschool
    • Friday Senior Seminars
    • Outpatient Continuity Clinic (Includes 1/2 day week of Adult Psychotherapy)
    • Evaluation Clinic
    • Psychopharmacology Clinic
    • Eating Disorder and Related Addictions Clinic
    • Research
    • Administration Psychiatry
    • Child Consult/Liaison
  • Didactics

    All first and second year fellows attend didactics one day a week during protected time. Four modules are presented over two years: Infancy and early childhood, childhood, adolescence, and systems. Didactics also include:

    • Professor’s rounds
    • Department Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) grand rounds
    • Multidisciplinary case conference
    • Journal club
    • Cognitive therapy case conference
    • Psychodynamic case conference
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia grand rounds
    • University of Pennsylvania Psychiatry grand rounds
    • Family therapy training by Dr. Marion Lindblad-Goldberg from the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center, Inc.
    • Psychoanalytic curriculum - Harold Kolansky, MD, Coordinator of Applied Psychoanalytic Curriculum and Clinical Professor Director. This part of the curriculum is composed of developmental seminars, child observations, live faculty clinical interviews, continuous case seminar, and supervision. The purpose is to emphasize psychoanalytic concepts helpful in diagnosis and dynamic psychotherapy.
    • CBT curriculum - Marty Franklin, MD
  • How to apply for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

    The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).

    In addition to registering with NRMP, please submit the following through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS):

    • Fellowship Application
    • Personal statement describing yourself and outlining your reasons for pursuing a career in child and adolescent psychiatry
    • Three letters of recommendation, from physicians with whom you have worked, preferably during previous training experiences
    • Individuals who wish to begin training following one year in medicine, pediatrics, and/or family practice, or after less than four years of general psychiatry training, should have the summary of training experience and performance form completed by the training director and returned separately
    • Copies of USMLE 1, 2, and 3 scores
    • The deadline for applications is October 1, 2014

    For additional information, please e-mail Evelyn Santiago Schulz at santiagoschulze@email.chop.edu.

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

  • Current fellows

    First year CAP

    Iyantta S. Howell, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center
    Education: Wayne State University, School of Medicine

    Reena Thomas, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Virginia Tech Carilion
    Education: University Saint Eustatius, School of Medicine

    Richard Weyler, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Temple University, School of Medicine
    Education: Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College

    Anushree Parashar, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center
    Education: NSCB Government Medical College, India

    Allison Tweedie, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Education: University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine

    Second Year CAP

    Tonya Lawrence, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Drexel University, College of Medicine
    Education: Ross School of Medicine

    Rachel Bennett, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Education: Drexel University, College of Medicine

    Christoph von Andreae, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Drexel University, College of Medicine
    Education: Humboldt Universitat, Berlin

    James Yi, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Education: Temple University, School of Medicine

    Shari Thomas, MD

    Psychiatry residency: Emory University Hospital
    Education: Howard University, College of Medicine

    Post Pediatric Portal Program

    Rahim Rahemtulla, MD

    Second year

    Pediatric residency: St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York
    Education: St. George University, School of Medicine

    Katie L. Hoeveler, MD

    First year

    Pediatric residency: Children’s Hospital, University of Colorado
    Education: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Reviewed on February 26, 2014