Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship - First Year Rotations

The first year of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program 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:

Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Robert Kovar, MDHorsham clinicThe Horsham Clinic

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.


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.


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 the 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 with whom they will work during the second year of fellowship.


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.

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