Who We Are
My journey to child psychiatry fellowship at Stanford completed a full circle for me. I first joined the Stanford psychiatry department as a research assistant and then as a post-doctoral fellow in the Stanford Muslims and Mental Health Lab. I got to experience first-hand the tremendous research resources that the psychiatry department offers, the culture that encourages innovation, and the fantastic collaborative vibe. I aspire to become an academic child & adolescent psychiatrist and found Stanford to be the perfect fit for my fellowship training and for my future career goals. I look forward to using my six weeks of scholarly block in the first year of fellowship to further advance my academic work. I am grateful for being trained by renowned faculty who model humility, professionalism, and compassion in serving their patients and families. I am passionate about psychotherapy, and the breadth of therapy training in the Stanford CAP-1 year, including CBT, play therapy, family psychiatry and parent management training, is unmatched by most other programs. In my free time, I enjoy the beautiful weather and exploring recreational places in the SF Bay Area with my family.
I chose Stanford because of the depth and breadth of clinical opportunities. I was drawn by the strength of the clinical rotations, the superb teaching faculty, and the impressive patient volume which allows us to see a wide array of psychiatric disorders, from the common to the rare. Because Stanford offers patients a variety of specialized clinical services, I feel fortunate to learn about how to use these top-notch resources from leaders in the field of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Since starting here, I’m even more impressed by the robust psychotherapy supervision, the ability to have an inpatient child psychiatry experience, the dedicated inpatient eating disorders rotation, and a six-week scholarly block that has allowed me to pursue my interest in bringing transcranial magnetic stimulation to children and adolescent populations.
My current clinical interests include interventional psychiatry (TMS, ECT, ketamine), psychoanalytic psychotherapy including play therapy for children, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Asian American mental health, and the clinical intersection between neurology and psychiatry. Since moving to San Francisco for residency at UCSF, I fell in love with the SF Bay Area and its endless outdoor opportunities, the temperate climate, and the diverse food options here. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to stay in the Bay Area!
I grew up in the SF Bay Area and left for the east coast to attend college, where I studied engineering and witnessed snowfall for the first time. After college, I explored global health in rural West Africa and studied medical anthropology in the UK before returning to the US for medical training. I traveled up and down the east coast during medical school and residency, and am delighted to finally return to California for fellowship at Stanford!
I feel very grateful to be part of the Stanford CAP community - not only are there diverse opportunities to learn and grow, there is also a palpable warmth among mentors and colleagues that makes the experience feel even more like home.
My professional interests are broad, including complex trauma, cultural behaviors, novel therapeutics, and technology in psychiatry. Outside of work, I enjoy dancing, backpacking, baking in large quantities, harvesting honey, and climbing trees.
I grew up in Dallas, TX and attended college in Southern California (at Claremont McKenna College), before heading back to Texas for medical school and residency. When I started my fellowship search, I was excited about the prospect of returning to California. When I interviewed at Stanford, it immediately felt like the right fit! There were a lot of things about Stanford that made it my first choice for fellowship – the expertise of the faculty in the department, the opportunities for research and mentorship, the quality of the didactics, the emphasis on psychotherapy training, and the breadth of clinical experiences. I’ve also been impressed with how our program leadership supports fellows in pursuing whatever areas of interest we have, and I'm excited for the opportunity to explore mine during scholarly block this year.
As the son of Argentine immigrants and growing up in a bicultural and bilingual household, I have had a longstanding interest in culture and how it defines us as individuals. I studied Art History as an undergrad, and though art and stories can enrich one's understanding of life, I found the cultivation of interpersonal relationships to be the most meaningful aspect of the human experience. Inevitably, Psychiatry was a perfect fit for my career interests. I chose to pursue child & adolescent training because of my interests in public health, prevention, early trauma interventions, development, and family systems work. I was especially drawn to Stanford’s community track as it allowed me to continue to cultivate my passion for working with underserved children and families. I am interested in examining and helping to change structural health inequities, deepening my psychotherapy skills, and developing my expertise as a clinician-educator. I have loved our program’s emphasis on teaching and practicing cultural psychiatry, and I feel strongly supported by my supervisors. My co-fellows have been amazing, thoughtful, and supportive people, and I feel especially fortunate to be working alongside them. Having done my residency at the San Mateo County program, I was glad to stay in the SF Bay Area, where there is ready access to the outdoors, diverse cultural experiences, and wonderful weather!
Growing up in the SF Bay Area, I was always curious about living in Southern California. When the opportunity came up, I eagerly attended UC San Diego for medical school and happily stayed for residency. Although I miss SoCal beaches, I feel right at home when I see towering palm trees on the beautiful Stanford campus.
I chose Stanford for fellowship training because it prioritizes the commitment to quality education, offers broad clinical experiences, and cultivates intellectual curiosity. Most of all, I came to Stanford for the amazing people who are invested in my development as a clinician and a future leader. I am interested in emergency psychiatry, consult liaison psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and cultural psychiatry. I am excited to explore the intersection of these interests during my dedicated scholarly time in both CAP-1 and CAP-2 years.
I am originally from Jacksonville, Florida and majored in Hispanic Studies at Davidson College in North Carolina. I completed medical school at the University of Florida before moving up the coast to the University of Virginia for psychiatry residency. I have always been drawn to working with children and I am excited to begin my career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. My goal in this field is to work with vulnerable populations and communities with limited access to resources and specialized expertise. At Stanford, I found a program that offers well-rounded training experiences that will prepare me for a career serving these patient populations, especially immigrant children, their families, and victims of trauma and abuse. Given my desire to relocate to the west coast and Stanford’s bounty of clinical experiences and robust training opportunities, the program is a great fit!
Choosing to go to Stanford for fellowship seemed like the natural next step in my training. Having previously rotated at Stanford, I was impressed by the knowledge of the faculty, the diversity and complexity of patient cases, and the welcoming attitude of the program administration. The program appealed to me for many reasons, including the opportunity to work with faculty and fellows who are well respected, and well connected, in the field and flexible scholarly times to tailor my experience. There is a wealth of training opportunities at Stanford which provide fellows with an exceptionally well-rounded clinical experience. Additionally, the SF Bay Area is a wonderful place to live with plenty of options for food and outdoor adventures.
I fell in love with child psychiatry as a medical student at Yale and have loved every minute of my journey since!
Specifically, I’m passionate about improving the mental health of transgender youth and am the co-editor of the textbook, Pediatric Gender Identity: Gender-affirming Care for Transgender & Gender Diverse Youth. I’ve also had great opportunities to conduct research on the determinants of mental health for transgender youth that has made its way into legislative debates and court cases around the country. In my spare time, I work as a freelance opinion writer on issues of gender and sexuality, with pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and a few others. I’m a member of the media committee of AACAP and the communications council of the APA.
Stanford has been such a perfect fit for me. The SF Bay Area has incredible expertise on LGBTQ mental health, and some of our very own program directors are conducting vital research in the area. Stanford also has an unparalleled medical humanities program that has allowed me to keep up my writing. And none of this is to mention the beautiful weather and laid-back supportive academic community! It’s been an incredibly welcomed culture shock from the East coast, and I think I’ve found my new home for the foreseeable future.
Stanford has felt very much like finding an academic home. I was looking for a program that would provide a strong foundation and springboard to explore new ideas about psychiatry, and the program has exceeded my expectations. What has struck me most is the breadth of interests shared by the faculty and fellows and how supportive they are in wanting to foster your particular passions. Although it has changed over time, my current interests include computational psychiatry and infant mental health.
I am incredibly thankful to have joined the Stanford family and to be surrounded by a genuine and thoughtful community who care deeply about the clinical environment, while also working towards the ever-elusive work/life balance. The sunshine, outdoors, and culture make this an incredible place to live and I have quickly become a west coast convert.
I grew up in Indiana where I completed medical school and subsequently began my journey west for adult psychiatry residency in New Mexico and continuing to California for a child fellowship.
In searching the country for fellowship programs I sought out programs that were well known for their quality of education, variety of clinical experiences, strong mentorship and pioneering research. At Stanford I was impressed with their focus on personal well being, strong teaching faculty, open door attitude and enthusiasm for mentorship. Since coming here I have continued to find the department extremely warm, supportive and enthusiastic about my own ideas and goals as a physician which is exactly what I wanted in a program. I am very happy with my decision
As a lifelong east coaster (college at the University of Pennsylvania, medical school at NYU, and adult psychiatry residency at MGH/McLean), the decision to come to Stanford for fellowship was driven by a desire to train at the best fellowship program which offered a complete breadth of clinical opportunities. Additionally, I was drawn to Stanford’s unique curriculum which affords every fellow protected time to research whatever area within child psychiatry they find meaningful. My current areas of particular interest include working with children with ADHD, OCD, and first-episode psychosis. I am also interested in medical education, narrative medicine, public health, and outcomes research. Outside of work I enjoy spending as much time in nature with my fiancé as possible and running long distances with my dog.
My interest in working with children, adolescents, and their families stems from a variety of influences: from my personal values--living a life of service and recognizing the intrinsic nobility in every person--to years of working with children and youth in grassroots, community-building initiatives. I grew up in Dallas, Texas in a multicultural family, where I learned to appreciate the diversity of ideas, peoples, and traditions; from there, I moved on to St. Louis, Missouri, where I studied biomedical engineering and medicine at Washington University, and where I pursued writing and publishing of fiction and fantasy books. I'm also an avid musician and game designer, in whatever spare time I have left. With my diversity of backgrounds, I found Stanford's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program to be the perfect place to train, where there are unique opportunities, ample resources, and dedicated scholarly time. Now, I hope to engage in community and integrated mental health settings, and to use my experience in writing to open our understanding of the field to the public.
As a Bay Area native, I have been aiming to return to my home community since entering into my undergraduate education at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. My journey into medicine took me further south to Loma Linda where I completed my medical school and general residency training. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to return home and join the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Stanford University. I have found the program to exceed my already high expectations for such a distinguished institution. Not only is the breadth and depth of knowledge available from the faculty superb, but I have also found the care and compassion with which they treat their patients and the trainees exemplary. Furthermore, the air of intellectual curiosity is intoxicating, and I am eager to see what my colleagues and I are able to contribute to the growing field of psychiatry. Alongside a group of both driven and kindhearted trainees and under the tutelage of exceptional leadership, I know without a doubt we will develop into top-notch child and adolescent psychiatrists after our two years at Stanford.
I chose Stanford for many reasons, including the quality education, breadth of learning opportunities amongst experts in the field, proximity to my family in the Bay Area, and the warmth and support of our caring faculty. What I’ve discovered since starting fellowship is that the faculty and staff are also incredibly humorous, approachable, and fun to work alongside and learn from. I am very grateful to be a part of the Stanford family, and I couldn't be happier with my decision!
During my experience in a clinical research lab at the National Institute of Mental Health, I first discovered the joy and meaning that I derived from working with children and their families. Child psychiatry represents more than a clinical passion to me; it also provides an opportunity to translate hope into systemic change. I feel fortunate and excited to work in child and adolescent psychiatry -- a field that examines human development as an inextricable interaction between brain malleability and the sociocultural web of a child's life, while also serving as a channel for improving the mental health of not only an individual, but generations of individuals. Toward this goal, I hope to integrate clinical practice in the public sector with advocacy and policy-focused work, informed by community care and research.
Given my interests, Stanford's community track really appealed to me, as it provides the opportunity to work in a diverse range of community settings throughout the Peninsula. Since beginning fellowship, I've also felt so lucky to be training with such supportive, thoughtful, dedicated and compassionate co-fellows. Plus, after completing my residency at UCSF, I was glad to stay in San Francisco and continue exploring the natural beauty of the Bay Area and the endless outdoor opportunities in northern California. After growing up in northern Minnesota, the ability to run outside every day of the year here will never get old!
When I applied to fellowship, I searched for a program that valued trainee well-being and mentorship. I was drawn to the breadth and depth of clinical experiences and research opportunities at Stanford. Now, working with supportive training directors, faculty, and co-fellows, I feel confident that Stanford is the best fit for me. I am grateful for the program’s flexibility, which will allow me to explore my interests during scholarly time. I appreciate how the training directors continuously strive to improve the program with fellow input and involvement. Overall, I feel lucky to have matched here, where I am surrounded by passionate, hardworking individuals in a relaxed, friendly culture. Plus, you can’t beat the great weather, scenery, and food the Bay Area has to offer!
I have lived in the Bay Area for literally my entire life, having attended Stanford for my undergraduate training and UCSF for medical school and residency. While I considered leaving California for fellowship, ultimately I decided that Stanford's appeal was too great to pass up, both because of the location and the program itself. I think the major perks of the program are the emphasis on learning through robust supervision and didactics, the ability to have an inpatient child psychiatry experience, and the six-week scholarly block during CAP1 year. The faculty go above and beyond to support us as fellows. My interests right now are infant mental health and health systems research. I have two young children of my own and have found the program to be quite accommodating of my needs as a mother. It feels good to be part of the Stanford family again.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I am from Milpitas, CA and completed my adult psychiatry residency at Harvard Longwood.
I chose Stanford for the location, scholarly time, and the program leadership.
I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, making kombucha, watching jeopardy, and enjoying the great foods of and boba tea of the Bay area.
I am interested in autism and technology & psychiatry, which will be the focus of her research.
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.
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!
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.
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.
What do our graduates do?
- Academic Psychiatry (includes primary academic position or academic affiliation)
- Public Psychiatry (City, County or Community- based Practice)
- Private Practice
More than 70% of our graduates since 2015 are in leadership positions
(Academic Leaders, Medical Directors, Rotation Site Directors, Clinical Practice Leaders, Agency Directors)
I am privileged to have served in different aspects of Stanford CAP Program leadership for over 20 years. Having grown up as a doctor across 3 institutions in Texas, New York and California, I have learned that the strength of any educational program lies in the camaraderie and connection among its trainees and their engagement with faculty. Our Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry strongly supports our training structure, which provides flexibility within the formal structure of a 2-year training program. CAP Fellows who actively participate in their educational, scholarly, and clinical opportunities here tend to have the greatest sense of fulfillment and well-being. As a program leadership team, we have learned that education is strongest when accounting for individual differences while pursuing common goals.
The highest priority of our CAP Fellowship Training Program is to prepare trainees for leadership roles in academic child & adolescent psychiatry, clinical practice and public service. As such, we provide many opportunities to develop leadership skills through participating in scholarly opportunities, seminars, faculty engagement, and national meetings. Regardless of their career choices, we believe that all Fellows must be thoroughly trained, first and foremost, as clinicians. Our mentor guided 6-week scholarly block in the CAP-1 year is unique among CAP programs nationally, and allows for deep exploration in specific topics of interest to Fellows.
As a Professor, I am part of the diverse tapestry of academic activities among Stanford University faculty. It has been so fulfilling to introduce CAP Fellows to my interests in school mental health, suicide prevention, teaching and mentoring, professional development, and cultural psychiatry.
My personal learning philosophy is based on the importance of developing skills as a lifelong learner – a lesson that I continue to appreciate on a daily basis in my clinical and research activities. This same premise drives our CAP training structure, where we continually strive to deliver child and adolescent psychiatric education across clinical, didactic and research settings. Our intentional approach focuses on concentrating as much skill development in these domains within the fellowship period. Perhaps more importantly, we also highly value the importance of developing a lifelong learning mindset during fellowship, through the acknowledgement that there will be much to learn about child and adolescent psychiatry for many years after fellowship concludes. To these ends, fellows are active stakeholders in the training program, and quickly develop into dual roles both as trainees learning a new field, and also as leaders within the multiple communities that comprise our clinical, educational and national efforts.
As the Associate Program Director for Research and Curriculum, I am particularly interested in innovative approaches to teaching neuroscientific principles and brain-based understanding of complex human behavior, while incorporating the many complex interpersonal and environmental influences that impact a child’s development. I am also invested in mentoring fellows interested in academic child psychiatry and research, who are sorely needed to advance our field. My own research uses multiple levels of inquiry ranging from neuroimaging, cognitive-behavioral and genomics methods, to technological approaches to electronic health records and mobile mental health apps. Across this broad spectrum, the common thread of my research is a focus on developmental and cognitive neuroscience, which also holds true in my clinics which focus on neurodevelopmental conditions and genetic syndromes. Ultimately, I am passionate about innovation in the conceptualization of child psychiatric conditions, and the critical need for incorporating development as a fundamental concept in how disorders are defined and treated. I am always eager to include fellows in any, or all these initiatives, and to collaborate on how to incorporate these themes in fellowship education.
Growing up, I always dreamed of being an educator one day and this desire was only strengthened during training when I learned about a program director’s impact on their trainees. As the Associate Program Director of the CAP Fellowship program, my scholarly work focuses on physician well-being, professionalism and faculty development. I believe that professionalism, along with mentorship, sponsorship and professional development opportunities, is a key driver of one’s well-being. This is in line with the values of our program, which emphasizes compassion, collegiality and respect for one’s personal and professional needs, and where Faculty understand the importance of providing supervision while promoting autonomy as Fellows progress during their training.
I direct the Fellowship’s Ethics and Professionalism Course, and am the Co-Chair for the Well-Being and Professional Development Committee. I am particularly interested in developing a better understanding of the association of trainee and faculty well-being with professional development, and crafting creative ideas to enhance professional fulfillment within the Department. As the Acting Director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic, I provide direct supervision to Fellows to help them develop expertise within the context of providing excellent, patient-centered clinical care for the youth seen in our clinic, many of whom have an elevated risk for suicide.
From our engaging didactic seminars and enriching, immersive clinical experiences, our program takes pride in supporting Fellows to develop a sense of professional identity as a psychotherapist, psychopharmacologist, family psychiatrist, advocate and consultant-- with the aim to produce inquisitive lifelong learners who become experts and leaders in the field of child & adolescent psychiatry.