Welcome to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. I am pleased you are considering specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Our program is committed to training individuals who are dedicated, self-motivated, and excited to provide care to children, adolescents, and their families.
We believe that a comprehensive understanding of children and adolescents is essential to provide ethical and compassionate psychiatric treatment. By beginning with a thorough foundation in the neurodevelopmental and biological principles of child development, coupled with an understanding of the psychological, cultural, and environmental circumstances in which each individual lives, we strive to provide care that is evidence-based and informed for each individual that we serve.
Fellows in our program provide services in a variety of locations to allow for a broad-based experience working with children and adolescents. First-year fellows rotate through inpatient psychiatry and pediatric consultation services. The second year allows for expanded experiences in pediatric consultation services, school consultation, forensic psychiatry, neurology and community mental health rotations in Pima County and on the Tohono O’odham American-Indian Reservation. We have a special focus on cultural psychiatry with opportunities to participate in community based outreach. A structured outpatient experience is inclusive of both years at the Whole Child Clinic, located at the Banner – University Medical Center South, which includes both general and specialized clinics.
In addition to learning CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and family therapy, fellows receive exposure to Internal Family Systems (IFS), Applied Behavioral Analysis, and Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA).
Fellows have a unique opportunity to participate in our Integrative Psychiatry Elective Track for one or two years. The elective consists of 2-hours weekly experiential didactics and an on-line curriculum (80-100 hours) provided by the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Through participating in a Mind-Body Skills Group program, fellows learn to enhance their skillset for application to their own self-care and wellbeing, while gaining evidence-based tools to share with patients. They also learn how to answer patient questions about integrative approaches, prescribe supplements and lifestyle interventions when appropriate (e.g. nutrition, physical activity, mind-body approaches). Fellows will be exposed to the current evidence for many modalities such as acupuncture, biofeedback, and herbal medicine. The program has been exceedingly well received by the fellows, and we believe places our graduating fellows at the cutting edge of a national movement toward a more holistic approach to psychiatric disorders.
Our program is designed to promote lifelong learning, passion, and leadership in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In a creative, supportive, and collaborative setting, we prepare our trainees for an exciting career to provide for the psychiatric care and needs of children, adolescents, and their families.
We welcome you to explore our program!
Sally Boeve, MD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson