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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Professional Education

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Professional Education

Our Child and Adolescent Fellowship within the Department of Psychiatry provides fellows with a breadth of training experiences and research opportunities in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Our Child and Adolescent Fellowship within the Department of Psychiatry provides fellows with a breadth of training experiences and research opportunities in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The Penn State Children's Hospital offers a fully accredited, two-year fellowship training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

  • Applications are accepted in any year of training after the PGY-III year
  • Our program in an academic center ensures the highest quality didactic programs, clinical programs and research training all focused on training the next generation of child psychiatrists.
  • Our program's interdisciplinary approach to teaching, family-centered clinical approach and strong research base foster an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and the highest standards of clinical care.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center fellows encounter vast cultural diversity, as we serve many Amish and Mennonite populations, large farming communities, the suburbs surrounding the state capital, and a number of cities with significant immigrant communities, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and York. Click here to learn more about what living and working in the Hershey community has to offer.

The heart of the training program is a two year integrated didactic curriculum that covers a variety of topics in detail. These topics include:

  • Child Development
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Pediatric Psychopharmacology
  • Psychotherapies including Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Extended seminars are  held on a wide range of additional topics such as Administration in Child Psychiatry, Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, Neuroscience and Child Advocacy. 

Fellows participate in continuous case conferences over their two year training period. Dedicated and protected didactic time is provided to the fellows in which they will gain mastery over biological approaches to therapy, as well as grounding the fundamentals of several approaches to child and family psychotherapy.

Didactics emphasize how to critically emphasize the research literature and the basics of research methodology and design. Monthly journal clubs are led by faculty and fellows, focusing on the most current and relevant literature.  In addition to supervision in all clinics, all fellows are assigned a mentor for both years.

These programs take place in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere where research trials and clinical care occurs under one roof, allowing trainees to easily experience all aspects of academic psychiatry in one setting. Faculty and fellows work together for the clinical benefit of the patients. Fellows work with the faculty to continually modify the training program to enhance the fellow's education. To foster the principles of team-based care, several training experiences occur jointly with our APA approved Psychology Internship Program.

We hope to have the opportunity to meet with you to describe many of the other exciting aspects of our training program.

Dr. Mahr, Program Director, Child and Adolescent Fellowship ProgramMessage from the Program Director

Penn State Children's Hospital offers an accredited, two-year fellowship training program in child psychiatry. Applications are accepted in any year of psychiatric residency training after the PGY-III year.

Our Children's Hospital is located in a scenic setting that encompasses rural, urban, and suburban communities.  We serve a large, diverse patient population drawn from over 12 counties in Southeastern and central Pennsylvania. All social classes, racial and ethnic backgrounds are represented.

The heart of our training program is a 40 hour per week, two year integrated didactic curriculum that covers a variety of topics in detail.

Monthly journal clubs and case conferences encourage trainees to develop their critical thinking skills while keeping them up-to-date with the current evidence based practices in psychiatry.

In addition to the scheduled rotations, fellows have a full month of elective time during the second year of training which they can use to pursue research or to enroll in a number of other clinical electives or other scholarly activities. Trainees are encouraged to design their own elective rotation targeting their specific area of interest in child psychiatry.

The Penn State Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program offers innumerable, unique opportunities in scholarly activities and research. There are departmental and institutional Research Days in which many fellows participate and go on to present their work at an array of national meetings and publish in highly regarded peer reviewed journals.

I look forward to meeting you in person and introducing you to the endless clinical and scholarly opportunities at our Program.

Fauzia Mahr, MD
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Vice Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Medical Director of Eating Disorder Program and Practice Site Medical Director, Penn State Medical Group Briarcrest 

Dr. Waxmonsky, Director of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryMessage from the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

As the Division Director of Child Psychiatry, I would like to thank you for your interest in our Fellowship program. The training program is tightly woven into all aspects of our clinical and research efforts to ensure that trainees acquire the knowledge, acumen and skills necessary to practice in our ever evolving field. The program has a strong foundation with twenty faculty across a variety of clinical settings that provide exposure to a wide breadth of training experiences. Having migrated here from a large metropolitan research center, I can personally attest that Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the surrounding area combine the resources of a large city with the warmth and accessibility of a small town. I have found it be an excellent place grow a family and a career at the same time. I hope that you will visit to decide for yourself.

James G. Waxmonsky, MD
Vice Chair, Children Services
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University

First Year

During the first year, clinical rotations are varied. The outpatient rotations are devoted to:

  • ADHD Clinic
  • Anxiety Clinic
  • Autism Spectrum Clinic
  • Integrated/Collaborative Care Assessment Clinic with Pediatrics
  • Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Mood Disorder Clinic
  • Pediatric Consultation Liaison
  • Pediatric Neurology Clinic

First year training also includes a 6 month rotation at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute Child Inpatient Unit (a collaboration between Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health). Click here for more information about Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.

Second Year

The second year consists of two six-month rotations through various community child psychiatry sites, outpatient clinics and elective rotations. These include:

  • ADHD Clinic
  • ASD school/clinics
  • CBT Group Therapy
  • Child Consultation Clinic
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic
  • Community Psychiatry Centers
  • Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic
  • Electives
  • Family Therapy
  • Forensic Child Psychiatry Clinic
  • Longitudinal Clinics
  • Mood Disorder Clinic
  • River Rock Academy (School Rotation)
  • Scholarly Activity
  • Sleep Clinic
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Center

These rotations occur in urban, suburban and rural centers that are all easily accessible from our main campus. On-site psychiatric supervision is provided at all of these rotations.

Fellows are given one month of elective time. They may chose to take this in December/January or May/June. Fellows can use this time to pursue research or to enroll in a number of other clinical or administrative electives. Electives available include child abuse assessment, pediatric sleep disorders, Autism, genetics, eating disorders, forensic psychiatry, and multiple research electives. Fellows are encouraged to design their electives based on their future clinical, research, and administrative goals after graduation.

Off-Site Rotations

Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling Services (Fellowship – 2nd year)

This is a drug and alcohol treatment program that serves a patient population of adolescents from a seven county radius in the region. During this rotation, fellows have experience in assessments, treatment planning, recommendation of treatment modalities, and direct provision of treatment.

Forensic Rotation (Fellowship – 2nd year)

Fellows will observe assessments as they are conducted with children and families involved in custody disputes, termination of parental rights cases and juvenile decertification. Following each evaluative session, the fellows will have an opportunity to ask questions, make comments and sometimes participate in court proceedings.

River Rock Academy (Fellowship – 2nd Year)

This is a required four month rotation at which the second year fellows will spend 20% of their time. Residents will spend their time at River Rock Academy, Spring Grove Campus, in York County.

River Rock Academy is a Pennsylvania Department of Education approved private provider for alternative education for students in grades 6 through 12, an approved licensed academic school for elementary regular education and special education students’ grades 1 to 6 and special education for secondary students’ grades 6 to 12. River Rock Academy is also a Department of Human Services licensed day treatment program for delinquent and dependent youth 11 to 18 years of age in York and Adams counties. River Rock Academy has 8 locations serving the school districts of the Central, South Central and Eastern counties of Pennsylvania. Fellows participate in patient evaluations, family and school meetings, and develop and present comprehensive management plans to school officials, families, and associate support service staff.

Vista School (Fellowship – 2nd year)

This rotation is required in the second year of training and consists of spending one half-day per month for four months at the Vista School, an approved private school for children with autism.

The primary clinical activity of this rotation is performing psychiatric evaluations and supervising a medication clinic at the school. Evaluations include interviewing the parents and professional staff for the identified student, as well as extensive classroom observations. Additionally, there is opportunity to participate in the treatment planning process for students' educational and psychiatric needs. The residents are encouraged to take advantage of the continuing education and training modules offered at the school.


Jenilee Generalla, MD, Fellow

Jenilee Generalla, MD

Kristen Yost, Fellow

Kristen Yost, MD

Mariame Barry, Fellow

Mariame Barry, MD

Maanvi Kumar, Fellow

Maanvi Kumar, MD

Applications will be accepted through the end of October. Interviews are scheduled through the end of November.

  1. Interviews are scheduled through the beginning of November.
  2. Eligible candidates with a valid visa status (citizenship, green card, J-1 Visa) will be considered. We do not offer an H-1B Visa option.
  3. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program for Child and Adolescent Fellowships. It is an early match which occurs in January.
  4. View our Resident Benefit Summary and a sample of our Resident Agreement.
  5. Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will be accepted via ERAS only. Required items are:
    • Curriculum Vitae (current)
    • Personal Statement
    • Board Scores: USMLE 1, 2 is required, USMLE 3 if PGY 3 or above. COMLEX scores for DO applicants.
    • Valid ECFMG certificate (if IMG)
    • Dean's Letter from Medical School
    • Medical School Transcripts
    • 3 Reference Letters (one letter must be from your current Training Director addressing professional integrity and performance. The two additional letters must be from faculty you have worked with)
    • The letter of recommendation from your Program Director should be uploaded along with the Training Verification Form (PDF)
    • Letter explaining time gaps if necessary

Complete applications submitted via ERAS are required for consideration. Please do not email application materials.

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