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Pediatric neurology outpatient clinic - Dr. Heydemann

Supervised by a child neurologist, first year fellows discover the interrelatedness and distinctions between pediatric neurology and pediatric psychiatry and see a broad spectrum of problems including epilepsy, headaches, developmental disorders, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder, muscle diseases, peripheral palsies and motor and vocal tic disorders.

General outpatient child/adolescent psychiatry clinic - Various

Starting in year one, fellows learn to provide long-term continuity of care in a clinic setting. Trainees will work in several specialty clinics including: ADHD Clinic, Affective and Anxiety Disorders clinic (AADC), Family Diagnostic clinic (FDC), Autism Spectrum Disorders clinic (ASD), Toddler, Infants, Preschool, and School-aged (TIPS) clinic, and continuity clinics. Caseload and autonomy increases in year two. 

Outpatient affective and anxiety disorders clinic (AADC) - Dr. Cosme

Fellows learn to manage complex patients efficiently and provide evidence based treatments for disorders including PTSD, anxiety, psychosis, major depression, bipolar, psychosis, disruptive mood dysregulation, and other associated disorders. The trainees will gain experience in systems-based care by coordinating the efforts of teachers, schools and child protective agencies. In year two, trainees supervise medical students and junior trainees.

Outpatient attention deficit hyperactivity disorders clinic (ADHD) - Dr. Adams

Treating children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and disruptive behavior disorders, fellows develop skills in psychopharmacologic management, therapeutic patient/family interventions and systems-based care coordinating the treatment efforts of teachers, schools and child protective agencies. They oversee and supervise medical students in year two.

Outpatient autism spectrum disorders clinic (ASD) - Dr. Yeh

Second-year fellows learn and apply evidence-based treatment in a medication management setting. Our autistic spectrum disorder patients range from lower functioning to higher functioning with social deficits above average intelligence.

Toddlers & Infants Psychiatric Service (TIPS) - Dr. Kasi

The clinic will provide both first and second fellows with a great learning opportunity and exposure to children age ten and younger. As children grow, they show a wide range of behavioral and emotional growth, every child is unique in their developmental shaping and milestones. The clinic appreciates cultural and ethnical differences of our patient population and values the diversity as an important component of the child’s development that will be respected. 

Pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry - Dr. Cosme

First–year fellows consult with general pediatric and pediatric neurology services, diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders in pediatric patients with concurrent medical illness. They also gain skills in the pragmatics of the consult, boundary issues, cultural effects on disorders and treatment, ethical issues and working effectively with systems and agencies.

Forensic consultation - Dr. Kraus

Second-year fellows may witness and participate in legal hearings and court testimony involving child abuse and neglect, gaining in-depth knowledge of the practice and principles of forensic psychiatry as it applies to children and adolescents. Fellows also work at a clinic in the Juvenile Detention Center, supervised by a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.

School consultation / Easter Seals Therapeutic Day School - Dr. Kraus

Second-year fellows consult with school administrators, teachers, psychologists and social workers in the therapeutic day school and public school system and work collaboratively with school personnel to develop supportive programs for students and faculty.

Community Psychiatry/Urban School Based Care/Mental health facilities - Dr. Thomas

Second year fellows with on-site supervision by a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist will provide mental health services to youth in the community. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with other departments including Pediatrics to deliver comprehensive services.

Community psychiatry / Orthogenic School - Dr. Kraus

First and second fellows have the unique opportunity to work with the staff of the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, a residential treatment center for children and adolescents, as part of a multidisciplinary team. In this community-based mental health center, fellows acquire experience in the evaluation of a residential treatment center addressing a broad range of psychiatric disorders.

Laurence Armour Day School - Dr. Soorya

In this Rush-based preschool for hospital employees, you can observe and interact with normal children aged four months to six years while mastering understanding of developmental skills, peer and group interaction, and behavioral techniques employed by staff.

Clinical Research - Dr. Soorya

Child and adolescent psychiatry fellows have opportunities to participate in on-going research activities throughout their training. Faculty research includes program evaluations, quality improvement projects, sponsored clinical trials, and federally funded studies in autism, schizophrenia, and mood disorders. Second year fellows participate in year-long integrated research rotation designed to engage future child & adolescent psychiatrists in psychiatric research. The research rotation involves didactics, trainings and serving as study clinicians on clinical trials. The rotation provides opportunities for fellows to participate on inter-disciplinary research teams, gain exposure to state-of-the art diagnostic and therapeutic practices, and develop scholarship skills.

Chemical Dependency - Dr. Dharmapuri

The fellow will develop an appreciation and understanding of chemical dependency as well as its treatment. They will observe evaluation and treatment planning for adolescents with chemical dependency by experienced staff.

Group Therapy Rush Therapeutic Day School - Dr. Onyezia

Trainees conduct group therapy at the Rush Day School as co-therapists, working with children aged 6-14 with severe emotional and neurological impairments. Trainees also receive exposure on the inpatient unit as a co-therapist in group therapy for both the child and adolescent populations.


You may choose from a wide variety of electives, including school consultation, research, administration, chemical dependency, and pediatric neurology, working with selected populations and others based upon individual interests.