Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The mission of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is to train child psychiatry fellows to diagnose and treat mental illness in children from infancy through 18 years of age and their families.  The child psychiatry fellow will understand biological underpinnings and vulnerabilities, environmental and family influences, interactions with medical illness, and neurological concomitants of the illnesses.


The Department of Psychiatry has four positions available each year in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.

Our fellowship participates in the National Resident Matching Program through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. All supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically as part of the ERAS submission.

Letters of Recommendations

One letter must be from your training director in general psychiatry, detailing your psychiatric education to date. The letter should include the rotations that you have taken and any rotations that may need to be completed in Adult Psychiatry for Board eligibility
Three other letters are required; these can be in regards to Medical School, Internship, or Residency.

Visa Sponsorship

The J-1 physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all UMN graduate medical education programs; therefore, the Department of Psychiatry sponsors J-1 visas, and H-1B visas (in some situations).
More information on the J-1 and H-1B visas can be found on the UMN-GME webpage: International Medical Graduates & Visas

Application Deadlines

Please refer to the ERAS website and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for deadlines.


Applicants considered for a position to the University of Minnesota will be offered an interview with the program director and selected faculty. These Interviews will be conducted at the end of September through October.


Overview of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training

Fellowship Year 1

  • 3 months Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at PrairieCare Brooklyn Park Hospital

  • 3 months Inpatient Adolescent MI/CD Psychiatry on station 6A at University of Minnesota Medical Center/Fairview

  • 3 months Consultation and Liaison and related outpatient experiences at University of Minnesota Medical Center/Masonic Children’s Hospital

    • Weekly half days in the Behavioral Emergency Center, Psychosomatic Clinic, and Sleep Clinic

    • Opportunity to participate in Psychology Team consults

  • 3 months University of Minnesota Medical Center/Fairview Day Treatment Program 

    • Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospital programming

  • Continuous outpatient exposure, including pharmacologic management and long-term therapy cases every Tuesday afternoon

  • 1 month Pediatric Neurology experience on their consult service and outpatient specialty clinics at University of Minnesota Medical Center/Masonic Children’s Hospital

3 months

3 months

1 month

2 months

3 months

Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Inpatient 

Child/Adolescent  Inpatient 

(at Prairie Care)

Pediatric Neuro

Day Treatment 

Consult Liaison Psychiatry

- Outpatient general clinic every Tuesday afternoon

- Child Fellowship didactics every Wednesday afternoon

This block also includes experience in:

  • Behavioral Emergency Center

  • Sleep Clinic

  • Psychosomatic Clinic

  • All rotations in year 1 take are located at the primary fellowship site, University of Minnesota/Fairview, with the exception of Prairie Care.

  • Above schedules are considered sample schedules in that the sequence of rotations and placement of the neurology month vary from fellow to fellow.

Fellowship Year 2

  • Expanded outpatient experience, including evaluations in specialty clinics including Psychosis clinic, Mood clinic, and Anxiety clinic at University of Minnesota Medical Center

  • School-based consultation

  • Community clinic experience

  • Targeted experience in Autism and developmental disorders one half day per week for 3 months

  • Exposure to multi-level systems of care (e.g., foster care, child protective services) 

  • Many elective options


3 months

3 months

3 months

3 months

Monday AM

Elective Time 

Monday PM

Elective Time 

Tuesday AM

Community School Consultation &

Early Stages Mood Clinic (alternate every other week)

Tuesday PM

General Clinic

Assessment/Intake Clinic

Wed AM

Family Therapy

Community Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic

Wed PM


Thursday AM

Elective Time

Thursday PM

Community Autism Rotation

General Clinic

Friday AM

Youth Psychosis Clinic

Structured Prodromal Psychosis Evaluations

Friday PM

Elective Time

  • Above schedules are considered sample schedules in that the specific rotations and sequence of rotations vary from fellow to fellow.


  • No call during training


  • Regular weekly didactics every Wednesday afternoon throughout both years that provide fellows with opportunities for group presentations and to acquire teaching skills 

  • Weekly lunchtime “bootcamp” the first several weeks of the year to prepare incoming fellows to start their outpatient child/adolescent experience

  • Inpatient and outpatient case conferences with expert clinicians and pediatrics learners 

  • Grand rounds occur once to twice monthly


  • Weekly individual psychopharmacology supervision with medical supervisor

  • Individual weekly psychotherapy supervision with psychotherapy supervisor


  • Fellows have the opportunity to moonlight in several local health care organizations, pending approval of the training program. 


Fellowship Year 1

Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - We offer clinical experiences at two inpatient facilities- University of Minnesota/Fairview (community and tertiary care center), and a free-standing community facility. These facilities serve a diverse patient population with broad diagnoses, and high symptom severity.

Inpatient Adolescent Mental Illness/Chemical Dependency - A unique unit that features assessment and treatment of adolescents in mental health crises that also experience the impacts of problematic substance use.

Consult Liaison - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Minnesota Pediatrics Hospital. Through this experience fellows provide consult liaison services to a busy tertiary pediatrics hospital. Fellows will gain experience managing common medical complications of mental health crises as well as psychiatric manifestations of rare and complicated disorders.

Day Hospital - Fellows rotating through the day hospital participate in the treatment and care of adolescents participating in a structured day program for severe mental health conditions that do not require hospitalization.

Psychotherapy - Fellows learn core psychotherapy principals through multiple clinical cases carried throughout their training. Modalities include family assessment, CBT, ERP, psychodynamic, and other modalities.

Child and Adolescent Clinic - Fellows carry a diverse outpatient panel throughout their two years of fellowship- providing experience in continuity of care.


Fellowship Year 2

School Consultation - Fellows provide in-person consultation to several schools in the surrounding area. Opportunities include in-class observation, psycho-education of school staff, advanced formulation, participation in Individualized Education Plan meetings.

Autism Spectrum Disorders - An in depth experience through a community organization that specializes in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental conditions. This includes observing structured ASD assessments, case consultation, 1:1 supervision with Dr. Suma Jacob, an international researcher in autism spectrum disorders

Child Psychiatry Specialty Clinics - Fellows have the opportunity to join the teams of several disorder specific specialty clinics- staffed by faculty with clinical expertise in specific patient populations. Opportunities include bipolar/mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, ADHD/neurodevelopmental disorders and youth psychosis.

Family Assessment Clinic - Specializing in complicated, ambiguous, or treatment refractory patients or families, the family assessment clinic provides an opportunity for fellows to participate in a unique clinical experience. Fellows participate in an assessment processes that transcends traditional divisions of individual and family therapy in order to deliver patient and family centered care as determined through the needs of the family.

Community Psychiatry - Although all of our clinical sites feature a diverse patient population, our training program offers specific training experiences in community affiliates that serve primarily under-served populations of children and adolescents with mental health needs.

Electives- Fellows have an opportunity to participate in multiple electives to explore specific areas of interest. These include additional experiences in psychotherapy, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, outpatient adolescent chemical dependency, research projects etc. 


Fellows (1st year)

baca          briese

Vanessa Baca, MD         Thomas Briese, MD


herickhoff          lamb

Clare Herickhoff, MD     Kelly Lamb, MD


Fellows (2nd year)

ikebata          delaney

Nicole                               Amanda Delaney, MD
Burkette Ikebata, MD 


Joseph Sterner, MD