Current Fellows

Second Year Fellows

Erica Vance

Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Undergraduate:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MD/DO:  American University of the Caribbean
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis

Outside Interests: I enjoy exercise (yoga, Pilates, Pickle ball), travel, reading, and spending time with my family.

Professional Interests: Telepsychiatry, working with athletes, and collaborative care.

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych: I really appreciate that our faculty are truly invested in the career development of each individual.


Brian Bui

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Undergraduate: Rockhurst University
MD/DO: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center

Outside Interests: I enjoy traveling to different places around the world, learning about new cultures, and trying different cuisines. On my free time I like to be active by playing basketball, going on runs, watching the Kansas City Chiefs and KU basketball. I’m a big car enthusiast as well so anything automotive grabs my attention.

Professional Interests: I like child psychiatry in the general sense, but specifically mood disorders, early-onset schizophrenia, ADHD, and autism.

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych: First and foremost I really enjoy working with my co-fellows, and the faculty and staff are wonderful to work with, supportive, and very approachable. There are a wide variety of rotations that gives a breadth of exposure to all of the psychopathologies in child psychiatry.  It is truly a great learning environment where faculty are well-known in their field and highly committed to medical education.


Erin Morrison

Hometown: Apex, NC
Undergraduate:  North Carolina State University
MD/DO: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Louisiana State University

Outside Interests: gardening, hiking, cooking, painting/drawing, cats

Professional Interests: Emergency psychiatry (both adult and youth), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Early onset and First Break Psychosis

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych: I was attracted to Washington University because of the breadth of different specialists and research in the field of psychiatry.  The faculty and staff have been very kind, approachable and willing to help foster growth not only in fellowship, but in future practice as well.  Saint Louis is also a great city, full of parks, great food and fun things to do.


Max Rosen

Hometown: Washington, D.C.|
Undergraduate:  Washington University in St. Louis
MD/DO: Washington University in St. Louis
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis

Outside Interests: I like going to the park with my toddler and wife, playing fantasy football, playing poker, watching Netflix, reading historical fiction

Professional Interests: Adolescent and Transitional-age Psychiatry, Anxiety and Affective Disorders, First-break Psychosis

What I like most about Washington University Child: The reason I have stayed as long as I have at Wash U is specifically for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program. The warm and collegiality of the program has allowed me to find a second home, one from which I gain invaluable professional and personal advice and support. The well-rounded training we receive, covering community mental health to inpatient to eating disorders, etc. means I know I will be extremely prepared for training upon Day 1 of graduation. 


Ankita Vora

Hometown: Mumbai, India
MD/DO: Terna Medical College
Residency: Saint Louis University

Outside Interests: In my spare time, I enjoy most hanging out with my husband and kid, vegetarian cooking, Indian classical, folk and Bollywood dancing, traveling, and playing badminton.

Professional Interests: Childhood trauma, first break psychosis., community psychiatry/education, perinatal mental health, research interests include treatment resistant depression and neurostimulation.

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych: I’m absolutely thrilled to be at such an amazing program in a vibrant city with wonderful, passionate mentors and colleagues. I’m attracted to the ample research opportunities this program offers with very approachable and supportive faculty. Wash U provides a phenomenal experience in inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry at the state hospital, eating disorders unit, tele-psychiatry, consult liaison rotation at the outstanding St. Louis Children’s hospital, psychotherapy clinic with supervision and remarkable specialty/community clinics involvement.


 Desiree Baumgartner

Hometown: Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma
MD/DO: Washington University in St. Louis
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis

Outside Interests: I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, writing, and antiquing. I also enjoy spending time with my animals: current count is 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 13 chickens!

Professional Interests: I have a passion for helping abused and neglected children. I enjoy forensic work, and plan to complete a forensic fellowship after my CAP fellowship. I hope to utilize these credentials to work with and advocate for kids in foster care.

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych: The faculty have a deep, personal passion for the fellows and other trainees. We really matter to them, and it shows in the big and little moments. CAP is a wonderful but intense field, and I couldn’t do it without the close mentorship of the faculty.


First Year Fellows

Natchanan Charatcharungkiat

Hometown: Hat-Yai, Thailand
MD/DO: Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis

Outside Interests: yoga, mindfulness practice, long walk, travelling, international cuisine, and jazz

Professional Interests: mood disorder especially bipolar disorder, telepsychiatry, adolescent population, and conducting clinical research

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych:  I am impressed with the breadth of knowledge and research opportunities the program offering. The attendings at WashU CAP are world renown experts in many areas in the CAP field. Therefore, you will get to see, treat, and learn from patients with various psychopathologies. Moreover, I like that they recognize you as an individual with different background knowledge, life experiences, learning styles, interests, and strengths, and help foster you to reach your full potential without trying to put you in the pre-crafted box. The atmosphere here is warm and collegial. I feel like I am in a big family! Also, not to mention that my co-fellows are awesome! Lastly, St. Louis is a right amount of city for me; full of good restaurants, parks and trees, and free stuff!


Fadi Halabi

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate: American University of Beirut
MD/DO: American University of Beirut
Residency: Washington University in St Louis

Outside interests: Dance is my biggest passion! I also enjoy exploring new cities, trying new foods, biking, going to random open houses, and spending too much time watching Survivor.

Professional Interests:  LGBT mental health, anxiety disorder, psychotherapy, health policy and public health, and epidemiology

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych: The people! The program leadership and faculty are very resourceful and are super invested in each fellow’s growth – the perfect combination, in my mind. The staff and program coordinator are also terrific! St Louis is also a perfect city for fellowship!


Martin Huynh

Hometown: Euless, Texas
Undergraduate:  The University of Texas at Dallas
MD/DO: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Outside Interests: cooking, craft beer, running, weightlifting, reading (literature, poetry, philosophy), art museums, attending the ballet/symphony/opera, travel, my Catholic faith community

Professional Interests: Personality disorders, eating disorders, collaborative care, perinatal psychiatry, psychodynamic psychotherapy, DBT, bioethics, humanities and spirituality in medicine. I also still like adult psychiatry and hope to see adult patients in practice.

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych: My interview was my first time ever in Missouri and I had no connections to St. Louis. Starting from dinner through the interview day, I was struck by the warmth and authenticity of everyone I met, from the fellows to the faculty interviewers. Our program offers many rotations that are rare in child psychiatry: residential eating disorders, a long-term state hospital, infant psychiatry, etc. The clinical training is diverse and challenging enough that I’m confident I can handle anything after graduation. The faculty are very approachable, brilliant, and support us individually and from an administrative level. As a transplant to St. Louis, I’ve it found it to be very charming and affordable, with surprisingly little traffic. It’s a city of many old neighborhoods with plenty of character and gorgeous architecture, an explorer and history buff’s delight. WashU Child Psychiatry is an exceptionally strong program in an underrated city.


Celina Jacobi

Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
Undergraduate:  Vanderbilt University
MD/DO: Washington University in St. Louis
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis

Outside Interests: I enjoy spending time with my husband and newborn baby as well as our two dogs. I also love exploring new restaurants, watching movies with friends, taking advantage of all the free activities St. Louis has to offer, and scuba diving when I get the chance!

Professional Interests: I am interested in working with young children with affective and anxiety disorders as well as adolescents with emotional dysregulation. Additionally, I am interested in pediatric palliative care, and I am considering completing a palliative care fellowship after finishing my CAP fellowship.

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych: As a medical student and adult psychiatry resident, the faculty of the child and adolescent psychiatry division always provided strong mentorship and helped me grow professionally and personally. They really support you as an individual rather than forcing you onto a specific career path. Beyond the program, I have grown to love St. Louis where we have an amazing food scene and numerous free activities and cultural events!


Ian Pearson

Hometown: Pittsburgh PA
Undergraduate:  Washington University in St. Louis
MD/DO: Rush Medical College
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center

Outside Interests: Skiing, Acrobatics, Comedy, and Movies 

Professional Interests: Trauma, Autism, and Public Health 

What I like most about Washington University Child Psych: World class faculty and researchers that are enthusiastic and engaging