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Thank you for your interest in UC Irvine's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program. Our goal is to prepare our fellows for the plethora of opportunities that will be available to them at the conclusion of their training. To this end, we strive to provide a diverse range of training settings and mentorship while maintaining the camaraderie and collegiality we feel is so vital to the growth of the individual physician.

The supportive environment that we foster here at UC Irvine enables our fellows to complement their developing knowledge base and clinical decision-making skills with a compassionate, humanistic approach. Our program emphasizes training in biological, psychological, and social modalities, as we strongly believe that a multidisciplinary approach is vital to providing excellent psychiatric care to children, adolescents and their families. Clinical experiences have been developed to provide exposure to the wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses and issues facing children and adolescents, as well as prepare our fellows for the diverse populations they may encounter post-graduation. Our full-time, part-time, and volunteer faculty members are dedicated to the education of our trainees. In turn, we support our fellows in becoming effective educators in their work with residents, medical students, and ancillary staff, as we value teaching as a vital component to professional development.

The UC Irvine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program was founded in 1969. A recent evaluation by the ACGME Residency Review Committee in November, 2010, resulted in a full, five-year accreditation. We offer three fellowship positions per year, for a total of six fellows during the two-year program. Our recent graduates have succeeded in establishing their footprint in various settings, including staying in academia (including at UC Irvine), establishing their own private practice (several choosing to stay in Orange County), working in community hospitals such as Kaiser and completing additional training in forensic psychiatry.

I invite you to learn more about our program by reviewing the other portions of our website. Of course, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions or require further information. Thank you for considering our program and we hope to learn more about you and your passion for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Atur Turakhia, M.D.
Training Director
Didactics »

UC Irvine provides a rich didactic experience that is integrated into a two-year curriculum. The first year begins with fundamental aspects of training and practice and then in the second year builds further on these areas of expertise as well as providing a more specialized knowledge base.

Core areas in child and adolescent psychiatry including:

  • Psychopathology
  • Psychotherapies (such as play/family/group/individual)
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Child Development
  • Assessments
  • Psychological Testing
  • Psychosomatics and Consultation/Liaison
  • Treatment Settings (including visits to treatment facilities in the community)
  • Board Review
  • Research
  • Forensics
  • Journal Club
Research »
Fellows are required to produce a paper or poster by the completion of their program. Fellows may participate in any of a number of ongoing research by grant funded faculty, or create and complete their own project under the supervision of research experts.

The Department of Psychiatry maintains and operates its own PET Scanner and sleep laboratory. Some faculty have joint appointments to the Department of Psychobiology, and work collaboratively with the Center for Learning and Memory.

Fellows in the past have taken advantage of our relationships with other departments as well. For instance, the Department of Pediatrics federally funded multicenter Attention Deficit Disorder treatment grant, or the Department of Social Ecology federally funded multicenter study on the impact of pre-school on development have generated "spin off" projects for our fellows.