Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program

Introduction and Philosophy

 Child's Drawing

 "There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding." – Erik Erikson (1902-1994)  

Welcome to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training Program at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Our philosophy emphasizes that we train clinicians who are dedicated, available and committed to engagement and learning, sharing our vision to provide state of the art treatment to children and adolescents by partnering with and advocating for families and systems of care. We are proud of being one of the world’s preeminent health sciences innovator in education and research, in addition to patient care and public service.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at UCSF School of Medicine is founded on the belief that neuro-developmental, biological, psychodynamic, behavioral and cultural perspectives are integral for the approach to children, adolescents and their families. Residents participate in a structured core clinical, research and educational experience. Clinical experience includes hands on training at specialty clinics (Autism, DBT, ADHD, OCD, Forensic, Substance Abuse, Gender disorders, Seizure disorders), residential treatment center, community clinics, school based Consultations and Consultation Liaison to Pediatrics. The program is recognized for Psychotherapy training in Brief and Long term psychotherapy (supportive, psychodynamic, family psychotherapies), crisis intervention, pharmacotherapy, combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, group psychotherapy, cognitive and dialectical behavioral  therapies. Direct Attending supervision is provided for all clinical experiences. Critical thinking skills are enhanced by theoretical and evidence-based seminars and demonstrations by skilled clinical practitioner as role models, and consultants.

Research and scholarship are fundamental extensions of being a UCSF-trained child and adolescent psychiatrist. Our goal is not only to foster the development of well- rounded, competent child and adolescent psychiatrists but also help develop identity and leadership potential of the trainee.

This is a great time to train in child and adolescent psychiatry. As we learn the importance of genetics, neurodevelopment, prevention and early intervention we are able to translate it to better care for the community. There really is no better place to do your child and adolescent training  than at UCSF.

The program is under the direction and supervision of the Training Director, Bennett Leventhal, MD.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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A Message from the Division Vice Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry




Leadership in research, education, psychiatric care and public service