School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry


The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Training Program was begun in 1989 by Dr. Martin J. Drell, former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  The program received its latest accreditation on April 22, 2015 and is fully accredited and citation free. In 2016, due to an increase in interest in our program, we increased to four resident positions.  The program traditionally has 6 residents (3 in the first year and 3 in the second year). Most of our residents that have graduated from our program have successfully taken and obtained certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Generally, 1/3 of our residents go into Public Psychiatry, 1/3 go into Private Psychiatry and 1/3 go into Academic psychiatry. The program offers a didactic and clinical experience that is above and beyond the routine/basic requirements of the ACGME and ABPN RRC recommendations for successful completion of a resident's two year required training.  The program offers diverse clinical experiences in working with infants, children, adolescents, and their families.  The training is balanced in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.  It is designed to prepare residents for future changes in healthcare, as well as for their board examinations.


The overarching purpose of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and School of Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program is fourfold:To Educate, To Serve, To Collaborate, and To Contribute.


1. To Educate and train physicians in the field of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry.

• Establish a dynamic curriculum and training sites that reflect current and future practices that will prepare trainees to be leading clinicians and educators.
• Strive to seek out and provide an enriched variety of clinical exposures and differing care models, including but not limited to collaborative, crisis, direct, consultative, supervisory, and coordinated specialty care.

2. To Serve the behavioral health diagnostic and treatment needs of children and adolescents and their families in Southeast Louisiana.

• Provide the highest quality of patient care.
• Serve as an educational resource to families, schools, and other institutions throughout Southeast Louisiana regarding the behavioral health care of children and adolescents.

3. To Establish collaborative relationships with other sections in the department, with other departments in the Health Sciences Center, and with schools and community agencies, particularly in areas which represent strengths of the program or which address unmet clinical, educational, and research needs.

• Strengthen consultation and collaborative services to support pediatricians and pediatric subspecialties in their care of children with behavioral health needs
• Build greater capacity for statewide consultation and support of community based practitioners.

4. To Contribute to the advancement of behavioral health care, quality of care, and treatment options for the children and adolescents of Southeast Louisiana.

• Participate in scholarly activities, teaching, advocacy, and research endeavors that contribute to the knowledge base of the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
• Develop and implement creative ways to deliver care in a resource starved environment.

Components of the training program include:

Each resident has weekly psychotherapy supervision, as well as a site specific supervisor for each clinical rotation.  There are rounds on the inpatient and C/L services, and a weekly two hour case review conference and scholarly presentation at the Algiers Behavioral Health Clinic (public sector).