Program Structure


Combined Adult and Child Psychiatry track residents are encouraged to meet with Taiwo Babatope, MD, MPH, MBA, Program Director of the Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program and Cesar Soutullo, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to discuss areas of interest, training goals and identify prospective mentors. During their internship year, combined child track residents are given priority to rotate in family medicine/ pediatric and pediatric neurology outpatient and consult clinical experiences as well as in the inpatient acute childcare services unit located in the Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center (DBS).


Combined Adult and Child Psychiatry track residents will also have priority in selecting amongst a variety of child psychiatry community services (The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and Texana Behavioral Healthcare services), telemedicine psychiatry clinic services (Burke Mental Health services, TriCounty Behavioral Healthcare clinics, and Spindletop behavioral health clinics). Additional rotations available include an inpatient child forensics services unit (juvenile justice unit) and child protective services (CPS) sub-acute inpatient unit experiences, located at the Harris County Psychiatric center (HCPC)

Child track residents are also encouraged to work on scholarly products, including poster presentations and peer-reviewed publications to submit to AACAP and apply for the APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Fellowship awards nationally.


During their third year of training, combined adult and child track residents spend half a day per week at the UT Physicians Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic- Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (BBSB) Child Psychiatry Fellows continuity clinic, under the supervision from Child and Adolescent Faculty. Residents complete new patient evaluations, medication management follow up appointments, and select psychotherapy patients, as part of a continuity clinic. These trainees follow patients throughout the remainder of their residency and continue to see them in child fellowship training. This experience provides a unique longitudinal and comprehensive education in common and complex child mental health diagnoses and treatment.

Residents in this track identify and work with established child and adolescent psychiatry mentors to pursue projects in areas of identified interests. Combined adult and child track residents are also prioritized to participate in the active Curemark clinical autism trial, “An Open-Label Extension Study of CM-AT for the treatment of Children with Autism with all levels of fecal chymotrypsin” with Dr. Deborah Pearson serving as a PI of a 31-site national trial. Other research funded programs available to residents include the Texas Youth Depression and Suicide Research Network and Childhood Trauma Research Network (CTRN), research initiatives of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (TCMHCC).