The program is committed to training professionals who, as medical specialists, are concerned with the healthy development of children, adolescents and their families and who diagnose and treat psychiatric disturbances of childhood and adolescence. Residents who have completed a minimum of three years of the Psychiatric Residency Program are eligible to enter the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program. Offered by the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, this program accepts three trainees each year.
The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry includes an unparalleled array of clinical services on our main campus at Westchester Medical Center. There are separate acute psychiatric inpatient units for Adolescents and Children along with an Outpatient Clinic at the Behavioral Health Center. We provide Consultation-Liaison services to the pediatric patients at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, where fellows also rotate with the Pediatric Neurology service. Fellows also spend time at a foster care mental health clinic at the Westchester Institute for Human Development. Nearby institutions such as the Blythedale Children’s Hospital, a specialized physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital for children, and The Children’s Village, a residential treatment center, enhance our trainees’ ability to learn to provide excellent care across multiple systems. Fellows in our program also have the opportunity to create elective rotations using the amazing local resources available on our campus and in surrounding area.
Our didactic program is designed to complement these rich clinical experiences and to encourage deeper understanding of normal development, family functioning, psychopathology, and the array of therapeutic interventions available for child and adolescent psychiatrists. Our faculty are actively engaged in supervising our fellows both in vivo and in weekly supervision to provide education, guidance, and support as the fellow advances in their knowledge and experience, helping to foster a spirit of life-long learning necessary to sustain a career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. We participate in the Grand Rounds program in the Department of Psychiatry which allows continued growth and education in the wider field of Psychiatry while receiving specialized training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Our aim is to be able to help each fellow grow and develop so that they become well-rounded competent Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, capable of entering any practice setting they choose to pursue. Steven Dickstein, M.D. is the Fellowship Director and Nancy Guerrero is the program coordinator. To learn more about our program, please call our office at (914) 493-8424 or email Steven.Dickstein@wmchealth.org and Nancy.Guerrero@wmchealth.org.