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The Sackler Infant Psychiatry Fellowship


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What is the Sackler Infant Psychiatry Fellowship?

The Sackler Infant Psychiatry Fellowship is a clinical training experience under the auspices of the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. 

The Fellowship offers clinical, educational, and research opportunities for the fellow to gain expertise in developmental psychiatry, infant and preschooler mental health, in addition to perinatal psychiatry:

Clinical Opportunities

Clinical opportunities include work in outpatient Child Psychiatry clinic, Maternal-Infant Psychiatry service, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Neurodevelopmental follow up clinic, in addition to collaborations outside of Weill Cornell such as The Motherhood Center, a partial hospital clinic for perinatal psychiatric intervention. The Fellow will be conducting and supervising preschool age psychiatric evaluations, see parent-infant/parent-young child psychotherapy cases, consult in the NICU and the Neurodevelopmental follow up clinic, and see perinatal psychiatric cases for medication management and psychotherapy. Drs. Theodore Shapiro and Soudabeh Givrad are the main supervisors for these experiences, supplemented by specialized on site mentors  

Educational Opportunities

Educational responsibilities and opportunities include planning and oversite of weekly Infant Psychiatry Seminar for the Child Psychiatry fellows and other faculty members and supervision of Child Psychiatry fellows for preschool evaluations. The Fellow will participate in various teaching opportunities related to early childhood development and infant mental health to general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry residents and Medical students. The Fellow will additionally be involved to learning opportunities in perinatal psychiatry including weekly Women’s Psychiatry Clinic Rounds.

Research Oppotunities

Each Fellow is expected to cultivate a specialized area of scholarly inquiry and consider developing a research protocol. Research opportunities in infant mental health and perinatal psychiatry will be available through the Maternal-Infant Psychiatry Program, led by Soudabeh Givrad, MD. Fellows also have opportunities to collaborate with the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain under the direction of Stephan Kanne, Ph.D. Fellows may also join research projects that are in progress under the guidance of the Director of the Institute, Conor Liston MD, PhD and his colleagues.

Details and How to Apply

The Fellowship begins July 1, 2023 for one year with extension up to two years. The stipend offered covers a 0.5 FTE position that can be supplemented by faculty practice in Weill Cornell’s Physician Organization. Applicants who have completed a residency in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and who possess or are eligible for a New York State license are eligible to apply.  Qualified applicants are invited to email a C.V. and letter of professional interest to: Soudabeh Givrad, M.D. Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Weill Cornell Medicine


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