Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship


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

Fellows have the opportunity to work within a large, multidisciplinary department that includes 15 child and adolescent psychiatrists and more than 30 psychologists and social workers. Our faculty are talented, knowledgeable, and committed to promoting a friendly, supportive atmosphere of inquiry. Having trained at top institutions across the country, they bring their own unique clinical perspectives to create a rich learning environment for the fellows. Many are actively involved on a regional or national level in advocacy, medical education, academic writing and/or research.

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, trauma), a partial hospitalization program and an inpatient unit. As a large tertiary care pediatric hospital, Lurie Children's pediatric consultation service sees a wide variety of medically and psychiatrically complex patients. Our patient population reflects Chicago’s wide-ranging racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity.

Our fellows come from residency programs all over the country. Many have been recognized for leadership and scholarship before and during fellowship. Their individual academic and clinical interests have encompassed the broad range of diagnostic, treatment, and community areas of CAP work, providing a fertile environment for peer learning and support. Many 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

John Walkup, MD
Division Director

About the Fellowship 

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 Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health 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 provides 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, racial, ethnic and cultural 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. 

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Interdisciplinary Learning

This program provides the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning with trainees from psychology, social work, neurology, and pediatrics. General psychiatry residents and medical students from the Feinberg School of Medicine rotate through the department. In addition, the department offers 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.

Feinberg Housestaff Research Portal

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw Medical Center trainees interested in conducting scientific research. 

Visit the Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.