Welcome to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training at UCSF

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program at the University of California, San Francisco. At this level of training (PGY-3 and PGY-4), you are likely deeply committed to your education and want to choose just the right program to cultivate your professional development as a child and adolescent psychiatrist . As you explore these pages, I hope you find that the UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program has a very special training experience to offer you.

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, child and adolescent psychiatry has a long and rich history. UCSF calls itself home to some of the major current and historical leaders in the field, and these are exciting times for UCSF Health. Child and adolescent psychiatry has grown significantly in its clinical and research faculty and programs under the leadership of Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Bryan King, MD, MBA, and Department Chair Matthew State, MD, PhD. Our faculty are deeply committed to your education and want you have a broad and deep foundation in clinical, research, advocacy, teaching, and leadership experiences.

We are delighted at the expansion of our system of care to include the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, and we maintain our strong commitment to community-based partnerships at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Edgewood Residential Treatment Center, the San Francisco Department of Health, and community schools. Across these training sites, significant multicultural diversity influences training experience, and fellows learn how to apply this cultural understanding to their clinical interventions and application of evidence-based practices.

Clinical and research experiences, as well as didactic teaching, are guided by faculty from multiple specialty programs including autism, ADHD and learning disorders, developmental disorders, DBT, CBT, OCD and tic disorders, forensics, early psychosis, mood and anxiety disorders, and neurology. Training in consultation/liaison, residential treatment, crisis assessment, and community psychiatry are core components of the fellowship.

Research, scholarship, and leadership are fundamental components of the program, as critical thinking skills and application of research are woven throughout all aspects of training. Many fellows develop and complete research projects on their own or in collaboration with a faculty member. And while not all of our graduates pursue research careers, each graduate has a solid understanding of the research process and how to be an excellent consumer of the research literature. Each fellow is expected to have in-depth clinical and scholarly understanding of at least one area of child and adolescent psychiatry, with subsequent opportunity to teach this to others. As fellows progress through their training, they are given and also encouraged to seek out incremental leadership opportunities within the program, the medical center, and at regional levels and beyond.

As you apply to the UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program, we know that you have worked hard to get to this point, and we hope you find the unique opportunities here will resonate with your interests. We aspire to have graduates who are life-long learners grounded in science, adept and curious clinicians with artful bedside manners who are also integral members of interdisciplinary teams, and child and adolescent psychiatry field leaders who will have significant influence on future policy, research, education, and advocacy.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Petra Steinbuchel, MD


Petra Steinbuchel, MD
Director, UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program
Health Sciences Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences