Director’s Message

A very warm welcome from all of us and thank you for wanting to learn about our program!

There has never been a better time to apply to our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. We are confident that we offer a training that is exceptional and difficult to replicate elsewhere.

Here is a brief overview of our program: trainees rotate in a remarkable inpatient setting providing the highest level of acute psychiatric care for Missouri children and adolescents, a psychotherapy clinic with real-time video-based monitoring and feedback, a phenomenal infant-preschool clinic, extensive outpatient experiences in both academic and community mental health practices, a consult rotation in a world class children’s hospital, and an ever-expanding portfolio of other innovative clinical programs including an autism center of excellence.

Trainees have the opportunity to participate in telepsychiatry, the care of young children in foster care, and the crafting of school-based educational and behavioral plans for children with developmental disabilities. As mentioned, we are also adding rotations in eating disorders and substance used disorders in highly specialized settings dedicated to care for those conditions.

Continuity of care is emphasized in our program, and opportunities abound for work with special populations. This range of exposure equips fellows for careers in every conceivable setting.

Our highly rated didactics are innovative and learner-centered. We also offer numerous options for research training for the next generation of clinician scientists in child psychiatry during and after fellowship and we offer a research path for highly motivated trainees who plan a career in academics.

See what our current fellows say about training here »

It is true. Our program is unique: We are a particularly collegial, nurturing and supportive environment and an unusually research-rich setting. Our trainees work side by side with known research leaders in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, who happen to also be outstanding clinicians, teachers and mentors. We invite you to explore the range of research interests and active studies of our distinguished faculty. Many of them are on the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Editorial Board and our current year divisional federal funding total exceeds 6 million dollars.

Our graduates have gone on to establish themselves in a variety of professional positions ranging from private practice to community mental health to academic practice and independent research.

Congratulations on choosing a career path in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. We look forward to meeting you.

T. Eric Spiegel, MD
Director of Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Associate Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine