Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at 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 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, quality improvement/patient safety processes and education to help you become a critical consumer of new information, at the very least, or a contributor, if so desired. 

Leadership

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 an area facility, a therapeutic preschool partial hospital program, and pediatric consultation and liaison psychiatry, pediatric neurology, developmental behavioral pediatrics and outpatient service at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

First year fellows will have an outpatient continuity clinic where they will follow two to four patients. The continuity clinic allows fellow the ability to care for patients and 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:

  • Two weeks of orientation
  • Twenty weeks of inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Ten weeks of consult/liaison at CHOP
  • Ten weeks of outpatient clinics, preschool clinic and research
  • Six weeks of pediatric neurology
  • Four weeks 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

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Avram Mack, MD
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.

Community Mental Health Rotation

Montgomery Early Learning-Head Start

Evelyn Ridgeway, PhD

In the first year, fellows will rotate through Early Head Start/Montgomery Early Learning Center. Settings for this rotation include Montgomery Early Learning Center/Families First Early Head Start infant and toddler classrooms, client’s homes, and the offices of the Early Head Start at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The focus of this program will be to provide fellows with experiences to facilitate deeper understanding of early child development in the context of family and community that can be assimilated into the provision of culturally competent care.

Young Child Clinic

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Wanjiku Njoroge, MD
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.

Outpatient clinics

Continuity and Assessment Fellows Experience (CAFÉ)

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Terri Randall, MD
Ellen Sholevar, MD

In this clinic, fellows have the opportunity to enhance their skills assessing patients and families under the direct supervision of an attending psychiatrist. In addition, fellows will provide psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic care for patients and understand the unique roles of a psychiatrist in the outpatient setting. 

Research

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

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Alyssa Rosen, 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

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

Second-year rotations

The second year includes an intensive outpatient experience, consultative work and electives along with time dedicated to outpatient treatment with children, adolescents and families. Case conferences and seminars continue to be an important training focus. 

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 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine faculty members and continues during the first and second years.

Outpatient clinics

Neurodevelopmental Clinic

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.

Psychopharmacology Clinic

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Karin Borgmann-Winter, MD
Amy Kim, MD
Raghuram Prasad, 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.

Eating Disorders and Related Addictions Clinic

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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.

Consultative services

Forensics

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Avram Mack, MD

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 The Behavioral Health Forensic Evaluation Center

Schools

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 

School-PA

For more information about this site, please visit Juniata Park Academy.
Ricardo Eiraldi, PhD

School-NJ

For more information about this site, please visit Kingston Elementary.
Dale Schulz, LCSW
Terri Molony, PhD

Community nealth

The Consortium
Kathleen 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. Please visit The Consortium website for more information.

Psychotherapy training

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

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.

Family therapy

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Marion Lindblad-Goldberg, PhD

Family therapy training by Dr. Marion Lindblad-Goldberg from the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center, Inc.

Psychoanalytic curriculum

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Christie Huddleston, MD
Ruth Fisher, MD

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.

Electives

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. Past electives have included: development of expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy for pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; participation in a day treatment of preschool children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders; outpatient evaluation and treatment of children with Neuropsychiatric Disorders; observational experiences working with children with speech/language and developmental disorders; evaluation and treatment of adolescents in a treatment facility; evaluation and treatment of college students in a university student health setting; evaluation and treatment of adolescents at an eating disorder facility.  

Educational seminars/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:

  • Department of  Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) Grand Rounds
  • Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
  • Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • Professor’s rounds
  • Multidisciplinary case conference
  • Journal club
  • Senior Seminar Series – Leadership Academy
  • Psychotherapy Curriculum-Motivational Interviewing; Parent Child Interactional Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Parent Management Training

Current fellows

First year CAP

Jaclyn Chua, DO
Psychiatry Residency: Stony Brook Medicine/University Hospital Program
Education: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Shivani Jain, MD
Psychiatry Residency: Albany Medical Center Program
Education: St. George's University School of Medicine

Naima Javaid, MD
Psychiatry Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University Program
Education: Ross University School of Medicine

Nidhi Karingula, MD, MPH
Psychiatry Residency: Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center Program
Education: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

J. Corey Williams, MA, MD
Psychiatry Residency: Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program
Education: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Second year CAP

Lila Abouied, DO
Psychiatry residency: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn Program
Education: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Lisa Adler, MD
Psychiatry residency: George Washington University Program
Education: New York University School of Medicine

Azka Bilal, MD
Psychiatry residency: St. Mary Mercy Hospital Program
Education: Windsor University School of Medicine

Kristin Borreggine, DO
Psychiatry residency: College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic (Rochester) Program
Education: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ramkrishna Makani, MD, MPH
Psychiatry residency: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University/Cooper University Hospital Program
Education: Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College

How to apply 

How to apply to 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, 2018

For additional information, please contact the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship education coordinator, Mikki Pham at phamm2@email.chop.edu.

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, 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.