Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship

Training Director: Noshene Ranjbar, MD
Associate Training Director: Amelia Villagomez, MD
Program Coordinator: Susan Lockwood, BS

Welcome to the Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. We are pleased you are considering specialized training in Integrative Psychiatry. Our program is committed to training individuals who are dedicated, self-motivated, and excited to provide integrative mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults.

As defined by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, Integrative Medicine (IM) “reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.”  The emphasis on empirical evidence of effectiveness distinguishes IM from the original concept of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). An increasing number of approaches, such as mindfulness meditation or the use of Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, previously considered “alternative,” are now developing a growing evidence base for their use within the context of mental health conditions. In many such cases, despite a growing body of evidence for efficacy and safety, it can take years for new scientific knowledge to be implemented into widespread clinical training.

Amelia Villagomez, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor & Co-DirectorFellows will learn how to provide an evidence-based integrative approach to patients presenting with mental health concerns.  Fellows will learn how to present a biopsychosocial-spiritual formulation and treatment plan to patients using a person-centered approach to clinical decision-making. Example areas may include exploring the risks and benefits for nutraceuticals and mind-body medicine skills.

Fellows joining the Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship program who have completed a fellowship in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry will have the opportunity to work in the outpatient setting with children, adolescents, and adults. Learn about our current Fellows and check out our YouTube playlist!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Number of positions available: Two
  • Location: The Banner-University of Arizona Medical Center Integrative Psychiatry Clinic 
  • Duration: One year (July 1-June 30)
  • Requirements: Applicants must have successfully completed the General Psychiatry Residency Training.
  • Compensation: The Integrative Psychiatry Fellow will be compensated according to PGY level of training.
  • Format: The Integrative Psychiatry Fellow will join the University of Arizona Psychiatry Residents and Fellows in participating in a two-hour weekly experiential didactics (Experiential Syllabus 2020-21) and an interactive online curriculum provided by Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.  Additionally, through participating in a Mind-Body Skills Group program, fellows learn to enhance their skill set for application to their own self-care and wellbeing, while gaining evidence-based tools to share with patients. They 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 in the field of Integrative Psychiatry and participate in curriculum development efforts, in addition to scholarly activities and teaching residents/fellows at the University of Arizona Psychiatry Department.
  • Application Process: The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please Submit CV, Letter of Interest, and Application
  • What is the deadline for application submission for the 2021 fellowship position? November 1
  • Once applications are reviewed, will applicants be called in to interview? Yes
  • All interviews for the 2021-2022 Fellowship will be virtual.

We aim to graduate fellows who will be at the forefront of a national movement toward a more holistic approach to psychiatric disorders. We welcome you to explore our program! Learn about our current Fellows and check out our YouTube playlist!

Program Coordinator

Susan Lockwood, BS
Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship
sjlockwood@psychiatry.arizona.edu