Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship


The two-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine / Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is one of the top programs in the country and an outstanding place to train. 

This year we are particularly excited to welcome the eminent John Walkup, MD, who joins us in October as our new Lurie Children’s Department Head and medical school Division Chief. Our current leader, Mina Dulcan, MD, who has served as head for 24 years, will continue to be heavily involved in fellow education. Both Dr. Walkup and Dr. Dulcan are well-known national leaders in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and bring their expertise to their teaching, mentorship, and supervision of fellows. Dr. Walkup, who comes to us from Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital where he served as Division Director and Vice-Chair of Psychiatry, is an international expert in the area of Tourette syndrome and regarded as a national expert in pediatric anxiety disorders. 

Fellows have the opportunity to work with a large, diverse group of accomplished physician, psychology, and pediatric faculty who are talented, knowledgeable, and committed to promoting a friendly, supportive atmosphere of inquiry. Our faculty come from top institutions across the country, bringing their own unique clinical perspectives to create a rich learning environment for the fellows.  Many of our faculty are actively involved on a regional or national level in advocacy, medical education, academic writing, and/or research. 

We are a large multidisciplinary department that is comprised of 13 child and adolescent psychiatrists and more than 30 psychologists and social workers. Fellows benefit from the breadth and depth of our multidisciplinary clinical and educational environment

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, just a few blocks from Lake Michigan, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital serves an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse patient population. Our department is home to a general outpatient clinic (where treatment modalities include individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy, and pharmacotherapy), several specialized clinics (mood and anxiety, neuropsychiatry, early childhood), a partial hospitalization program, and an inpatient unit. As Lurie Children's is a large tertiary care pediatric hospital, our pediatric consultation service sees a wide variety of medically and psychiatrically complex patients.  

Our fellows come from residency programs from all over the country.  Many have been recognized for leadership and scholarship before and during fellowship. Their individual interests have been diverse, providing a rich environment for peer learning and support. In the past three years, half of our graduates have gone on to academic careers. We are dedicated to providing exceptional clinical and academic training for future leaders in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Julie Sadhu, MD
Program Director

A​bout the Program

The child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship (residency) program is based primarily at Lurie Children's, a tertiary care hospital with more than 1,100 pediatric specialists in more than 70 specialties. The hospital has also served as the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine for more than 60 years. The attending physicians in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry are an integral part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University​.

In June 2012, our state-of-the-art facility opened on the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine campus, and became Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Our location offers even greater opportunities for academic and research collaboration. 

The child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) program's biopsychosocial model provides a flexible curriculum in diverse clinical settings. It also offers an opportunity for interdisciplinary learning in neurology, pediatrics, psychology, social work and speech pathology. Fellows master the basic skills of child and adolescent psychiatry and develop special interests according to their career goals. Opportunities are available for supervised research.

Our hospital offers mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Patients are seen for the full range of diagnostic categories. Outpatient treatment can include individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy, pharmacotherapy, and combined treatments; each year, there are approximately 24,000 outpatient visits in the department. 

Faculty and staff in psychology, nursing, social work, special education, recreation therapy, and speech and language pathology contribute to a multidisciplinary learning experience. Child and adolescent psychiatrists from the community also conduct clinical supervision and teach seminars. They offer a variety of perspectives and have expertise in areas such as law and psychiatry, cultural diversity, and psychoanalytic theory. Attorneys from the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian host the fellows for an experience in the juvenile court system. 

Interdisciplinary Learning

 This program provides the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning with pre- and post-doctoral students from psychology, social work, education, speech pathology, neurology, and pediatrics. General psychiatry residents and medical students from the Feinberg School of Medicine rotate through the department. In addition, the department offers a selective third-year medical student clerkship rotation, as well as senior medical student electives that attract students from Chicago and around the country. The department's clinical child psychology internship is one of the oldest and most competitive in the country.

Our diverse group of fellows come from locally and nationally recognized general psychiatry programs, and many have been honored for leadership and scholarship in their previous programs. Their individual academic interests have encompassed the broad range of diagnostic, treatment, and community areas of CAP work, providing a rich environment for peer learning and support. We are committed to providing state-of-the-art training for future child and adolescent psychiatrists.​

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