Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trainees
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Residency: Mayo Clinic
My path to child and adolescent psychiatry was in many ways a winding journey. It started simply with a genuine interest in developing relationships with people and hearing their stories. I did some work in organ and tissue donation and often found myself in emotionally charged and challenging situations. It became apparent that helping families through these difficult experiences was the most rewarding aspect and this inspired me to take on a more involved role as a physician.
Throughout my training, I continued to find working with families extremely rewarding. I had an intense curiosity about how people become who they are; Why they think, feel, and behave the way they do and ultimately how mental illness impacts that development. Currently, my interests include at-risk youth, substance abuse, and HIV psychiatry.
Stanford was a great choice because it's deep and diverse connections to the community inform a well-rounded training experience. I have abundant supervision for any challenges that arise clinically and professionally. The Bay Area, although pricey, is an amazing place to live. I have a great work-life balance so I can take advantage of the unbeatable weather and food scene as much as possible.
Medical School: Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga Facultad de Medicina
Residency: University of New Mexico
Growing up in a country of resilience and conflict, Colombia, I have always gravitated towards finding out what gives people meaning. I pursued my medical school in Colombia and soon discovered my preference for psychiatry. Stories, background, culture and community have been a part of my personal life and training, so naturally I saw Psychiatry as a good fit. I graduated medical school and then pursued my master’s degree in Public Health, which opened up my mind about social issues, especially focused on mental health. I ended up pursuing my residency in New Mexico, which was an experience full of culture and humanism. Shortly after working on the young child inpatient unit I knew that if I was able to work with trauma at such a young age, then I was going to continue working with children. At Stanford, I would like to dig deeper into what makes us who we are from an attachment perspective and be more proficient in several forms of psychotherapy since I believe in early intervention. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the area and going on weekend getaways that include art, conversation and nature.
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Residency: Tulane University
Stanford's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship appealed to me for many reasons. It is close to my family and friends, has a flexible scholarly concentration time, allows me to tailor my experience to my interests in infant and school aged children, and provided me the opportunity to work with attendings that are respected in the community. My interactions with faculty and fellows both preceding and on my interview day helped to solidify my decision to have Stanford top my rank list. The vast amount of interesting cases and opportunities to participate in care in various settings means that I will have a well rounded clinical experience to draw upon when I graduate, for which I am very thankful!
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Zucker Hillside Hospital
Coming to Stanford for fellowship felt full circle to me. I had the amazing opportunity to learn from Dr. Koegel when I was an undergrad at UCSB- (which also happened to be my first introduction to children with autism). Finding out she had joined the faculty at Stanford encouraged me to find out more about Stanford’s fellowship program, which introduced me to Dr. Hardan. Finding a child psychiatrist involved in researching behavioral techniques/interventions for children with autism-I felt inspired, and knew that I had found my place.
Since starting at Stanford, it has provided me with the opportunity to train at a program where I could take my interests in autism, emerge myself in learning, and have opportunities to create and cultivate change for this patient population I am so passionate about.
Outside of my academic interests, the Bay Area was calling my name for many reasons. It’s home- I grew up in San Francisco, and as much as I loved New York, I wanted to return to family and friends. Now I get to re-discover San Francisco and the Bay Area- with perfect temperatures, full of weekend getaways, hiking and exploring.
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Residency: Harvard Longwood
I am from Austin, Texas and grew up hiking the hill country and playing just about any sport I could. After graduating high school, I ventured to Atlanta and got to enjoy some southern hospitality at Emory University. I studied Biological Anthropology, spending time learning about things like the role of religion in modern society and the cultural influences on health care around the world. I loved learning about how a culture can define normative behavior and in turn determine if a person’s behavior is within the realm of what is socially acceptable. At the time I found it interesting, little did I know these concepts would be a large part of my day-to-day job! I moved back to Texas for medical school at UT Southwestern and instantly fell in love with psychiatry. Maintaining my interest in global health, I did research in international telepsychiatry, specifically in areas of the world with large refugee populations. During my residency at the Harvard Longwood I further developed my interest in Child and Adolescent psychiatry as well as psychodynamic psychotherapy.
When looking for a fellowship, I was drawn to Stanford because of its breadth of training and warm sense of community. I am excited to experience all the Bay Area has to offer and plan to do as many weekend trips as I can!
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
I grew up in New York City, majored in Theater in college with dreams of becoming a Broadway actress. When that career path failed miserably, I decided to go to medical school. I went to NYU, and then completed a Pediatrics residency at UCSF. I loved pediatrics, but decided to yet again change paths as I became acutely aware of the crucial role mental health plays in physical well-being. I finished adult psychiatry training at UCSF, and am now thrilled to be training at Stanford for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. My interests are in working with children and their families with serious medical illness, pediatric palliative care, and collaborative care between Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics, both clinically and in medical education. I am a total Bay Area convert and love how easy it is to get outdoors and eat so much delicious food. I chose Stanford for the breadth of experience, the warm and welcoming feel and the sunshine!
Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: State University of New (SUNY) Downstate (Health Science Center)
For fellowship, I wanted to train where I would learn from those who are leaders in their fields—the ones who “wrote the chapters” in textbooks (or entire books) in their areas of expertise. And, when I interviewed at Stanford, I found Stanford offers just that. What I didn’t know until I began fellowship at Stanford is that the CAP program would become a second family to me. The faculty is always available to share their knowledge, discuss challenging cases, or trade ideas on the newest restaurants or activities in town. Along with the faculty, Stanford combines an academic setting with the respectful and warm climate that comes with being in Northern California. As such, I am excited to be back in the Bay Area after a wonderful three years in NYC. During my free time, I enjoy jogging in any of the numerous parks in the region, spontaneous visits to San Francisco for just about anything I could want, or spending time with other fellows.
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: University of California Riverside
I’m originally from New Jersey and completed my undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania before I made one of the best decisions of my life and moved out to the Best/West coast. I completed my medical training at the University of California, San Francisco and my general psychiatry residency at the University of California, Riverside. I am thrilled to be back in the bay, and in my free time I enjoy going for runs, hiking, and hanging out with my wife, friends, and two cats.
I have a number of research interests including substance use, early life trauma, and public psychiatry. Currently I am working on projects looking at the interplay between early life stressors, foster care, substance use, and mental illness, as well as exploring ways that phytocannabinoids may contribute to or be protective against the development of psychiatric illness(es). I’ve been furthered in my training through past and present opportunities including APA’s Research Colloquium, APA’s Public Psychiatry Fellowship, and AACAP-NIDA’s Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders.
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: George Washington University
When I visited Stanford, I was impressed not only by the opportunity to pursue my specific interests, but also how kind and approachable everyone was. Stanford was my first choice for fellowship due to my interest in psychotherapy (especially family therapy), Asian American mental health, and working in the community and with the underserved population. I am so grateful to have the unique opportunity to train at Stanford in the community track with the amazing faculty and supervisors here! I am also glad to be back in California after nearly a decade on the East Coast, and have enjoyed exploring new restaurants and hiking outdoors in the wonderful bay area weather.
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Originally from the Midwest, I completed medical school in New York and then moved to California for adult and child & adolescent psychiatry training.
What attracted me to the Stanford community track fellowship was the program’s thoughtful and integrated approach to community mental health. The training program highlights the tremendous need for leaders in community psychiatry and the demand for child & adolescent trained psychiatrists with expertise in community engagement and commitment. While rotating through the community-based clinics and working on my community-focused scholarly work, the mentorship and support provided by Stanford and San Mateo County has been unparalleled. I feel fortunate to be training in such a nurturing and encouraging environment alongside my amazing and incredibly talented co-fellows!
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Residency: University of California, San Diego
I grew up in Southern California playing competitive junior tennis. After playing tennis for the University of Notre Dame, I completed my medical school training and adult psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego.
I was drawn to Stanford for its focus on therapy training, the protected built-in scholarly time, and the opportunity to work alongside Stanford's brilliant and compassionate faculty. During my first year of fellowship, I was exposed to the use of hypnosis while working with medically ill children on the Consult-Liaison service at LPCH and was inspired to learn more. I used my scholarly time to attend a hypnosis workshop at the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute and since then, I have been working on a children's book that utilizes hypnotic language to address a common childhood issue: anxiety. Now in my second year of fellowship, alongside my time working in our specialty clinics and my duties as a chief fellow, I am looking forward to starting the Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. I have been so impressed and I am so appreciative of all of the support provided by the training program to pursue specific areas of interest throughout my two years of fellowship at Stanford.
In my free time, I've enjoyed exploring the Bay Area, playing tennis, going on runs, learning how to play golf, making new friends, and spending time with my husband and our teacup Yorkie Lily.
Medical School: Brown University
Residency: University of Pennsylvania
After working as a freelance writer, financial analyst, and in hospital administration, I went to medical school to become a psychiatrist because I couldn't imagine a more meaningful or interesting career. I still can't! I completed residency at The University of Pennsylvania after completing medical school at Brown University and earning an MBA from the University of Rochester. I am interested in narrative medicine and founded The Penndulum magazine at Penn.
I chose Stanford for its scholarly program, the breadth of its curriculum, and the chance to live in California. Stanford has given me awesome writing opportunities through participation in the Pegasus Physician Writers group and mentorship from its founder, Dr. Hans Steiner, as I write my first book.
I live in San Francisco and love the outdoors and travel (37 countries and counting!) I am interested in ADHD, mood disorders, addictions, and psychosomatic medicine.
Medical School: Texas A&M University
Residency: UC San Diego
I grew up in Austin, Texas. I chose Stanford to focus on Asian American mental health, the chance to do scholarly work, and to be closer to my brother in San Francisco.
I am interested in cultural influences on mental health treatment and my research is focused on identification of barriers to care for Asian American youth and development of means to improve access to care.
I am a current APA SAMHSA Minority Fellow.
I love spending time outdoors, running, golfing, and exploring San Francisco.
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Residency: New York University
I grew up in London, Ontario, Canada and spent the majority of my life before coming to Stanford living in cold climates: Canada, New Hampshire (for college at Dartmouth), New York (Mount Sinai for medical school, then NYU for residency). After finally making the move out west, I’m so thrilled to be at Stanford for fellowship and I love my quality of life in California.
I was drawn to Stanford for the community of approachable and dedicated faculty, supportive fellows, and the unique chance to do a scholarly project - having an entire block in the first year to focus on an academic interest was an opportunity I could not pass up. During my CAP1 scholarly time, I went to Shanghai and shadowed clinicians in the psychiatry department at the Children’s Hospital of Fudan; this year, my scholarly project involves developing a training program for mental health clinicians in Shanghai to teach basics of consultation-liaison and psychosomatics.
Some of my favorite memories outside of work have been: a weekend with co-fellows to Sonoma wine country where we went kayaking and champagne tasting, trips to Pacifica for hiking and whale watching by the ocean, and climbing Mount Diablo for amazing 360 views of the bay area!
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: Harvard Longwood
I grew up in Milpitas, CA and after completing all my education in the Bay Area, I ventured to the other coast for adult residency training at Harvard Longwood.
Knowing that I wanted to be near my family, Stanford was the perfect program for me. I was drawn by the protected scholarly time which allowed me to explore my interest in autism, tap into the wealth of expertise in this field and connect with mentors. I have also discovered an interest in TMS during my time at Stanford where there is an active TMS clinic and research for TMS in adolescents.
In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, backpacking, making kombucha and indulging in the all the delicious and authentic foods the Bay has to offer.
While Stanford has a good football team, my heart is forever with the California Golden Bears. Go Bears!
Medical School: University of Iowa
Residency: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
I am from San Antonio, TX. Prior to Stanford, I was the Chief Resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where I completed my residency training in June 2017. My undergraduate degree was in Biochemistry and Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and I hold an MD from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. At the Carver College of Medicine, I served as a Clinic Director and Board Chair of the Free Mental Health Clinic, Iowa’s only student-run free mental health clinic. I was the past Chair of the Housestaff Health and Wellness Workgroup at UTSW, an APA Diversity Leadership Fellow, and served on the APA Advocacy and Government Relations Committee. I am currently the John E. Schowalter, MD, Educational Outreach Program (EOP) Award recipient for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Residents.
I chose Stanford for the people, including the program director and caring faculty. I have been wonderfully surprised to find a niche interest in eating disorders treatment since that is such a strength of the Stanford CAP program.
I have a miniature schnauzer and loves hiking and visiting local parks. Since moving to the Bay Area, I am also enjoyed rock climbing and riding the CalTrain.
Medical School: New York University
Residency: University of Pennsylvania
I grew up on the east coast and received my medical degree and a master’s in public health from New York University and completed my adult psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
I chose Stanford for its warm and committed faculty, value on scholarship, and the opportunity to live on the west/best coast. I am interested in young child mental health, psychotherapy, public health, and medical student education. The faculty mentorship at Stanford has been invaluable and I continue to be inspired daily by my incredibly insightful and cohesive fellowship class.
I love living in the bay area and enjoy exploring San Francisco, running, hiking, and yoga.
Medical School: University of Maryland
Residency: University of Maryland
I am from Washington, DC. I completed my adult psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Sheppard Pratt Health System.
I chose Stanford because it seemed like a perfect fit based on the dual emphasis on biological psychiatry and psychodynamic thinking, the warmth and enthusiasm of people in the department, the chance to do a scholarly project, and the allure of living in the bay area.
I am interested in transitional aged youth, school mental health, and inpatient and partial hospitalization and would like to do research in global mental health.
I love the accessibility to the outdoors and exploring the area with my labradoodle.