After earning a medical degree and completing 2-3 years of general training, prospective child psychiatrists must participate in a residency program. Typically two years in length, these programs teach medical doctors to diagnose and treat mental disorders.
Residencies can be found at the three noteworthy schools below, each of which was highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD
|School Highlight: Johns Hopkins University's Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences program features numerous research centers focused on specific issues pertaining to psychiatry, such as the Anxiety Disorder Research Program, the Center for Behavior and Health, and Adolescent Depression Awareness Program.|
Johns Hopkins University was ranked 10th among national universities in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine accepts up to six residents per enrollment period for its 2-year child and adolescent psychiatry program. This program focuses on education, experience and research; residents also develop interviewing, planning and therapy management skills. Additionally, medical school graduates can apply to the 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in either child clinical psychology or pediatric medical psychology.
University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA
|School Highlight: The University of Massachusetts Medical School has one of the largest psychiatry departments in the country, and is the largest provider of psychiatric services in Central Massachusetts.|
U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Massachusetts Medical School 16th in primary medical care and tied at 52nd in medical research in 2017. The university offers a child and adolescent psychiatry residency program that only admits two applicants per year. Residents gain practical education and training in child psychiatry, as well as exposure to a diverse number of clinical experiences with a culturally diverse group of patients.
Brown University in Providence, RI
|School Highlight: The residency program has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.|
Residents in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program at Brown get clinical experience working with patients at Bradley Hospital, the first hospital in the United States dedicated to child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as Hasbro Children's hospital, which is the only pediatric hospital in Rhode Island. In addition to clinical training, residents attend seminars in topics such as neuroscience and psychotherapy. Brown was ranked #14 among national universities for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The medical school was ranked tied at #32 for primary care and #35 for research.
Top Child Psychiatry Residency Programs
Here are some more top universities that provide residency programs in child psychiatry:
- The program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, includes clinical rotations in state and private area hospitals.
- The psychiatry department at the University of Alabama in Birmingham synthesizes education, research and patient care for a comprehensive program.
- At the University of California - San Francisco, the child psychiatry clinic offers infant, trauma and advocacy support in collaboration with the school district and health department.
- At the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, the program includes training in addictions and forensic child psychiatry.
- At the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, participants in their second year act as medical consultants, pre-school liaison, child maltreatment caseworkers, and others.
- Wright State University in Dayton, OH, partners with other institutions to offer interactive clinical rotations.
After graduating from medical school, aspiring child psychiatrists must complete a residency program. The best programs in the field are offered through the medical schools at top national universities.