Academic Activities

Grand Rounds

The weekly Grand Rounds Lecture Series features presentations by senior faculty or visiting speakers, providing exposure to exciting developments in the field of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The presentations are held throughout the year on Wednesdays. All residents are expected to attend Grand Rounds.


Residents meet weekly with their primary rotation attending for supervision to review particular clinical concerns and/or to discuss the resident’s professional progress in the specialty. There are psychotherapy supervisors with expertise in psychodynamic, mentalization-based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-focused CBT, behavioral and parent management training, and family therapy, among others. It is expected that each resident has at least two hours weekly of supervision.

Resident Business Meeting

The Resident Business Meeting, where information is exchanged and resident concerns are discussed, is held on a monthly basis. The Residency Training Director visits these meetings periodically when asked to answer questions of concern to all residents.

Didactic Seminars

Didactic seminars occur weekly as follows:

First Year Child Psychiatry Fellows Seminar Series

  • July – September: 1 hour/week
    Introductory Seminars (Interviewing, psychopharmacology, teaching skills, cultural competence and evidence-based medicine)
  • July – September: 2 hours/week
    Psychotherapy (Individual, Play, Family, Psychodynamic, CBT, DBT and Supportive)

Second Year Child Psychiatry Fellows Seminar Series

  • July – September: 1 hour/week
    Consultation/Liaison (Medical, School and Forensic)
  • July – September: 2 hours/week
    Transition to Practice/Administrative Psychiatry

First and Second Year Psychiatry Fellows Combined Seminars

  • October-May: Year 1
    •  Infant and Preschool Development, Psychopathology and Treatment, Developmental Assessment and Related Psychological Theories
    • Preschool Problem-Based Learning Cases
    • Neurobiology series Consultation/Liaison (Medical, School and Forensic)
  • October-May: Year 2
    • School-Age Child Development, Psychopathology and Treatment, related psychological theories, psycho-educational assessment
    • PBL cases for School-Age Children
    • Adolescent Development, Psychopathology and Treatment, related psychological theories, projective testing
    • PBL cases for Adolescent Children

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

PBL is an instructional method designed to help residents develop advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to learn to use evidence to support their clinical reasoning. PBL emphasizes formulation of clinical problems by integrating knowledge of basic science (i.e., neuroscience, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology), normal child development, psychological theory, and sociocultural factors. Through the group process involved, residents develop important interpersonal communication skills involved in working on a team and in teaching others. Self-directed learning and teaching others is a key component of this didactic format.