Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics Fellowship

In addition to the general objectives shared by the training program for all postdoctoral fellows, the fellow(s) specializing in the psychiatry outpatient clinics will:

  • Become proficient in state-of-the-art psychological evaluation strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and other conditions.
  • Gain experience as part of a multidisciplinary team in providing diagnostic and treatment recommendations for a highly diverse population of patients
  • Gain experience and supervision in empirically supported therapeutic techniques with children and adolescents
  • Gain experience in supervision of psychology interns and graduate students.

Structure of Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics Fellowship

Fellows are involved in a combination of psychological evaluation, outpatient group therapy, and individual therapy, with an emphasis on psychological evaluation. The chance to work with multiple supervisors allows the fellow the opportunity to experience a full range of patients as well as an array of theoretical perspectives. Much of the work is completed within a multidisciplinary context, presenting the fellow with a chance to become familiar with the work of other health care professionals. Group therapy opportunities vary by semester and may include working with children with mood disorders as well as children with disorders on the autism spectrum. Individual therapy caseloads are flexible and are tailored to fit the fellow's interests and schedule.

Children's Medical Center in collaboration with UT Dallas' Center for Brain Health and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, has received a grant from the Crystal Charity Ball Committee to support the development of an Autism Center. This center seeks to offer state-of-the-art clinical services integrated with research and teaching, and serve as a community resource for families with a child who suffers from an autism spectrum disorder. This center opened in the summer of 2009, and will offer further research and training opportunities to the postdoctoral fellow.

Research, Program, & Professional Development Opportunities

Current and Projected Research Projects Include:

  • Overlap in symptoms in PDD and OCD
  • Multiple clinical and translational research opportunities are anticipated with the recent initiation of he Crystal Charities Ball Autism Center
  • Applications of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Pediatric Mood Disorders
    Investigator: Paul Croarkin, M.D.
  • fMRI and Event-related Potential Assessment of Pediatric Depression and treatment
    Investigator: Rongrong Tao, M.D.
  • Evidence based psychopharmacological treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder in an outpatient clinical setting.
    Investigator: Kirti Saxena, M.D.

Program Development:

Fellow(s) have the opportunity to develop a program of clinical service in an area of interest, or expand services that are currently being provided. If desired, the fellow(s) would be supported in program evaluation as well.

Additional Professional Development Opportunities in Outpatient Psychiatry

  • Group Supervision
  • Supervision of Psychology Interns

Core Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics Faculty

  • Cara Holmes, Ph.D.
  • Jacqueline Hood, Ph.D.
  • Denise McCallon, Ph.D.
  • Sunita Stewart, Ph.D.

For more information about the outpatient psychiatry clinics fellowship, please contact Jacqueline Hood, Ph.D.

Contact the Psychiatry Inpatient Program's Intake Coordinator


Contact the Psychiatry Outpatient Program's Intake Coordinator