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Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences


Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Training Program

About the Program

The Fellowship Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a two-year subspecialty program that is fully accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Three residents per year are accepted into the program. The program provides a broad spectrum of well-supervised clinical and didactic experiences in inpatient, outpatient, consultation liaison, and school psychiatry. The major goal of the program is to train competent child and adolescent psychiatrists whose ability to understand and treat the psychiatric problems of children, adolescents and families is based upon a firm theoretical and clinical foundation.

What to Expect 

During the first year of their child psychiatry training, fellows work on an acute crisis stabilization unit at a community mental health center for four months. Fellows participate in a number of outpatient clinics at USF including genetics, early steps, parent-child interactional training and have a continuity clinic at the Silver Child Development Center. Fellows participate in a CBT clinic at USF Rothman Center in St. Petersburg. Additionally, fellows satisfy their training requirements for pediatric neurology during the first year.

The second year of the training is all outpatient care. Fellows participate in an advanced psychopharmacology clinic at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg working with medically complex youth as well as providing consultation to hospital inpatient teams.  Second year fellows also see patients at a community mental health center throughout the year. Fellows have rotations in school consultation and an outpatient intensive substance treatment program. Research opportunities are available for interested fellows.

Training Affiliates 

Children’s Medical Services has a building on the University of South Florida's campus that houses clinics for a number of pediatric specialties providing care to patients with Medicaid or local/state funding. Residents will work at a variety of sites during their first year including genetics, pediatric neurology and Early Steps developmental assessment clinic.

Gracepoint Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit in Tampa. Fellows will see patients at Hillsborough county’s children’s crisis center conducting urgent evaluations for children and families in crisis as well as caring for youth who are admitted to the crisis center. This facility serves children from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds including children with Medicaid or no insurance the majority of whom are brought for assessment on an involuntary hold. Fellows work in concert with an interdisciplinary team providing psychiatric assessments and crisis intervention services



Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI) at USF. This clinic provides consultation to schools that are having difficulty managing children in the classroom environment. Fellows participate in assessments and team meetings. This site conducts many autism evaluations and residents will participate in specialized evaluations including the ADOS.

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL is a pediatric multidisciplinary hospital with a variety of associated outpatient clinics. Fellows are at this site one to two days per week during their second year. Fellows perform psychiatric consultation for patients admitted to the hospital and see patients in the Pediatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic. The outpatient clinic specializes in psychopharmacology for youth with complex medical and psychiatric disorders.



Northside Behavioral Health is a community mental center in Tampa located close to USF’s campus. Second year fellows will conduct psychiatric evaluations for youth being served at this site and interfacing with a multidisciplinary team to create treatment recommendations. Fellows will have the opportunity to co-lead groups for families that have experienced trauma as well as provide parent management training.



The Silver Child Development Center located at the University of South Florida Psychiatry Center is the site for general and specialty outpatient clinics. Fellows will see patients at this site for a minimum of a half-day per week throughout the two-year program. Fellows will conduct diagnostic assessments and see follow up patients employing both medication management as well as psychotherapy for patients under their care.
The Tampa Residential Facility (TRF) is a 60-bed residential program serving high-risk boys in the juvenile justice system, ages 14 to 18, who are in need of comprehensive mental health services. Of the 60 beds, 24 beds may be used for substance abuse treatment services. Fellows work a half day per week for four months in their first year conducting psychiatric assessments and medication management visits
USF Rothman Center in St. Pete offers an integrated practice of clinical care for individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), autism spectrum disorders, tic disorders, PANDAS, trichotillomania, learning disorders, and body dysmorphic disorder that is all-encompassing and multi-disciplinary, from diagnosis and evidence-based treatment to education, research and outreach. Fellows work at this site one day per week during their second year performing diagnostic evaluations and providing ongoing patient treatment.

Faculty - University of South Florida site

Faculty - Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital 

Faculty - Gracepoint Wellness

USF Rothman Center in St. Pete

Faculty - Northside Behavioral Health


The residents in the child and adolescent program attend a half-day per week of educational conferences on Thursday mornings. The didactic program is set on a two-year cycle allowing all residents in the program to attend conferences together. The didactic series includes:

  • Assessment seminar
  • Development seminar
  • Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Systems Based Practice
  • Psychosomatic and Consultation
  • Forensic Issues and Ethics in Child Psychiatry
  • School-Based interventions
  • Parent Management
  • Clinical Case Conference
  • Journal Club

For more information on current stipend and benefits, housestaff handbook, wellness programs and more, please visit USF Graduate Medical Education.

Requirements for Applicants

Residents must have completed at least three years of psychiatric training prior to entering the program and have passed the USMLE Step 3 exam. Residents also need to have successfully passed 2 adult CSEs to enter the program.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Apply through the National Resident Matching Program Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) website at
  • Register for a National Resident Matching Program Number

After registering please submit material below through ERAS:

  • ERAS application
  • A personal statement about your interest in child psychiatry
  • 3 letters of reference (including letter from Program Director with Attestation as below)
  • Updated CV
  • USMLE scores Medical school transcript
  • ECFMG certificate, if international graduate
  • USA Citizenship, Permanent Resident status or J-1 visa

Verification of General Psychiatry Board Eligibility:

Contact information:

Education Office
3515 E Fletcher Ave Tampa, FL 33613
Mathdany Clark -
(813) 974-5926