The mission of the University of Colorado Division of Child Psychiatry and Children's Hospital Colorado Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is to improve the mental, physical, and emotional health of children, adolescents, and their families through the provision of high quality, coordinated programs of patient care, research, education, and advocacy. In partnership with the community, we will enhance our position as a national leader in child psychiatry and behavioral health sciences.
Our 2-year ACGME accredited Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship offers a wide range of clinical experiences supervised by excellent and engaged faculty. The program embraces a developmental neurobiology framework within the context of family and larger environmental influences including culture, society, and systems. Our fellows are trained to address the full range of pediatric emotional/behavioral problems from infancy to young adulthood at the levels of prevention, assessment, and treatment. Graduates generate rich formulations and are competent in psychopharmacology as well as evidence-based psychotherapies including family therapy. Fellows work alongside psychology PhD trainees, offering unique opportunities for collaboration and learning.
Core values of the program include transparency, collegiality, and integrity. We are interested in recruiting passionate, curious fellows. Fellows have a strong voice in creating change within the program and have established a legacy of continuous improvement for upcoming classes. We value scholarship and equip graduates to continue engagement in scholarship, whether in academic medicine or other settings. All fellows give a Grand Round’s presentation with a PhD intern and participate in a mentored scholarship project, producing a poster and or manuscript.
Our curriculum spans two years, the first year clinical and didactic experiences address essential skills, while the second year allows the resident to use the block of elective time to gain intensive experiences in specific clinical, administrative
and/or research areas.
Intensive Patient Experience
The intensive patient experience involves supervised experiences in several affiliate institutions.The resident functions as the primary clinician and team member for the treatment of children and/or their families. Group, individual, and family therapies are practiced in these settings with a focus on multidisciplinary care.
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Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Denver Health
Emergency Psychiatry Services at CHCO
Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at CHCO
Consultation Liaison Service At CHCO
Neuropsychiatric Special Care Unit
Inpatient and Day Treatment
(Neurodevelopmental disorders and other comorbid DSM 5 disorders)
Partial Hospitalization Program and
Eating Disorders Program at CHCO
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Outpatient Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado
One half day per week. One intake or two followups, opportunities for weekly therapy
Anxiety Disorders Group
1.5 hour group
1 hour didactics/supervision per week
Disruptive Behavior Group
1.5 hour group
1 hour didactics/supervision per week
CU Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic:
Fellows will maintain a caseload of approximately 4-5 half days depending on elective choices. Cases can be seen as often as weekly, depending on the patient's needs and treatment modality. Residents are assigned cases as needed to maintain a caseload of adequate size and diversity. Residents may also solicit/accept direct referrals of cases of interest. Training activities include triage, diagnosis, treatment, and systems consultation/intervention (e.g. schools, social services agencies, courts, non-psychiatric physicians and mental health practitioners). Both short and long-term treatments are provided. Individual treatment modalities include parent counseling, and individual psychodynamic, learning/cognitive/behavioral, and pharmacologic therapies.
School Based Mental Health
Residents rotate through school-based clinics in several Denver Public Schools in conjunction with faculty from Denver Health or work with a multidisciplinary team consulting to the Durango School District. Depending on resident interest, this varies from one half day a week from 6-12 months.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Experience (JFK Clinic)
All residents spend one half day per week for up to 6 weeks in an assessment clinic for children presenting with autism features. Residents participate in multidisciplinary team assessment including psychology, PT, OT, Speech.
Pediatric Neurology Clinic
Residents who have not completed their child neurology requirement during residency also participate in the Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) Pediatric neurology clinic once a week for one month. This clinic uses a proximal learner, teacher model, whereby the neurology resident helps the psychiatry fellow negotiate the neurology clinic with ultimate precepting from faculty.
Community Mental Health & Integrated Care
Fellows generally spend one half day per week participating in integrated or community based care.
In the second year, several half days are devoted to individualized elective experience designed with a primary faculty mentor mentor to foster advanced knowledge and skill in research, clinical expertise, or administrative/teaching arenas. Current offerings include electives in: Research, Young Mother’s Clinic at CHCO, PROMISE Perinatal Mood Disorders Clinic at Denver Health, Healthy Expectations, Perinatal Mental Health Clinic at CHCO, Refugee Clinic, START Center (Stress, Trauma, Adversity Research treatment center), Down’s Syndrome Clinic, DBT group, TRUE Center Diversity, Rural Student Mental Health Consultation, Advocacy, EMR, and Leadership.
Fellows have one half day a week for protected didactics throughout the year with classes and Seminars are taught by a diverse faculty group. Classes are held in a mixture of tele seminars and in person meetings at the Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) campus. Participants from the UCH and CHCO Psychology Intern Phd programs and the Harris Fellowship (Infant Mental Health) program add to the educational clinical experience.
Each resident receives a minimum of 2 hours of supervision per week. In the first year, receive an hour of supervision from faculty at CHCO, and supervision from service attendings. In second year, fellows are given 1 hour for clinic supervision and 1 hour for community clinician supervision per week.
On Call & Pediatric Emergency Service Rotation
Call responsibilities and the pediatric emergency service rotation are shared between first and second year fellows.
There are internal moonlighting opportunities at Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) for weekend coverage and shifts in the adult ER at Denver Health. Residents must be in good standing with GME to moonlight.
Dr. Anne Penner
Dr. Beau Carubia
Assistant Program Director
Dr. Kim Kelsay
Assistant Program Director
We have 30 child and adolescent psychiatrists who are passionate and dedicated to training. Psychologists and faculty from other disciplines make valued contributions to training. Specific and general expertise among faculty enhance the training experience.
Areas of expertise include:
Faculty participate in a reverse educational competency committee process to utilize trainees’ feedback for their own growth.
Class of 2024
Dr. Alan Atkins, MD
Dr. Ana Garces-Wood, MD
Dr. Faisal Kagadkar, MD
Dr. Rhiday Pandya, DO
Dr. Joan Winter, MD
Dr. Gregory Wykoff, MD
Dr. Bradley Zastrow, MD
Class of 2025
Children's Psychiatry Fellowship
13123 E 16th Ave,
Gary Pavilion 4th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-6277
Fax: (303) 724-4963
Anne Penner, MD
Phone: (720) 777-6118
Email: Anne Penner