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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences


Group Welcome 

Welcome to the SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program. Our goal is to graduate outstanding child and adolescent psychiatrists who bring excellent evidence-based care to children and adolescents and their families. Our training program offers the opportunity to work in a public hospital setting with experiences in a full continuum of care and rich didactic exposure. We hope our program is effective in providing fellows with the knowledge and clinical experiences necessary to competently meet the growing demands of our specialty.

Today, SUNY Downstate is rooted in a century-old tradition of teaching, patient care and research. Originally founded in 1860, Downstate is the center for academic medicine in Brooklyn. It is the seventh largest medical school in the nation, with schools of nursing, health related professions, pubic health and graduate studies.

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program is a two year accredited educational program. We have two to three fellows in each year. Fellows are trained at SUNY Downstate, Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC), New York City Children's Center (NYCCC) Brooklyn Campus and the Institute for Basic Research. The Department of Psychiatry has a rich history in community psychiatry, dynamic psychiatry, psychopharmacology, neuroscience and research in the borough of Brooklyn.

Our curriculum uses as its framework the core competency requirements by the ACGME: patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems based practice. We hope you will find this website helpful. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


The following are our Goals for residents within our program:

1st Year Fellowship

We provide the fellows with skills that they will need for evaluating, diagnosing and treating children and adolescents in a variety of settings. Fellows work mainly in acute settings including the inpatient service, comprehensive psychiatric emergency program, consultation and liaison, and the day treatment program of NYCCC. They will also work in the Infant Child Learning Center at SUNY Downstate.

2nd Year fellowship

We provide fellows with skills in advanced psychotherapy and psychopharmacology as well as specialized skills in evidence based assessment and treatment. Fellows work almost exclusively in the outpatient setting. Rotations include the Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC), diagnostic evaluations in the outpatient department (OPD), continuous psychotherapy and psychopharmacology cases in the OPD, DEC and at NYCCC. Minor rotations include child abuse and clinic, forensics, Institute for Basic Research, pediatric neurology and school consultation. The fellows also work on a scholarly project throughout the year which they present at Departmental Grand Rounds.

Warm regards,

Cathryn A. Galanter, MD
Child and Adolescent Fellowship Director

Gillian Wells-Linton
Acting Program Coordinator