Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The West Virginia University Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is committed to maximizing the educational experience of each resident in our training program. Training occurs within a collegial and interactive environment including multiple opportunities for collaborative mentoring and supervision by faculty members with diverse areas of interest and expertise.

Clinical competence and expertise are emphasized in our training program. All clinical activities are organized within a biopsychosocial and developmental framework. Empirically-based interventions are emphasized. Residents obtain extensive and substantive experience in the assessment and multimodal treatment of children and adolescents with a broad range of psychopathology. Outpatient clinic experiences are primarily based within Chestnut Ridge Center. The outpatient experience includes pediatric psychopharmacology, pediatric multidisciplinary therapy clinics, school consultations, court consults, community mental health, and pervasive developmental disorders and mental retardation clinic at the Pediatric necrology rotations are adjacent to CRC at the Physicians Office Center.

Inpatient training occurs on the in-patient unit at Chestnut Ridge Center. In-patient rotations include the adolescent inpatient unit, residential treatment program for adjudicated juveniles, pediatric consultation liaison, and pediatric neurology.

The fellows participate a biannual half day Research Retreat where they choose a research project and a mentor and are required to present the outcomes at the School of Medicine’s Van Lier Research Day. The monthly Journal club encourages critical thinking and appreciation of research methods, and to review scientific data knowledgeably. Grand Rounds, which occur weekly, also serve as a forum to interact with visiting speakers. Annual continuing medical education conference on child and adolescent psychopathology hosted by our department provides additional opportunities for learning. Research methods and scholarly activities are further enhanced via an abundance of seminar presentations led by our faculty.

In summary, the WVU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program offers a rich array of clinical, educational, and research training opportunities. Our commitment to each fellow’s professional development is reflected in the very successful and diverse trajectories our highly recruited graduates have pursued ranging from careers in academia to private practice. We proudly recognize our graduates as colleagues, future leaders, and dedicated advocates of children’s mental health.

For more information, please contact Holly Alvarez