Psychiatry Fellowships

Post-Doctoral Training Opportunities

McLean Hospital offers numerous opportunities for post-graduate training in a variety of mental health specialties. Our fellowships allow for focused training in addiction, older adult mental health care, neurology and neuropsychiatry, women’s mental health.

Psychiatry fellowships:

Fellowships are also available in mental health services research.

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

The primary goal of the one-year, full-time Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Mass General Brigham is to provide outstanding training for future addiction psychiatry experts. The fellowship, led by Roger D. Weiss, MD, offers clinical rotations at multiple Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals including Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Fellows engage in a small tutorial-style program with Harvard Medical School faculty.

Fellows are expected to gain competence and excellence in the practice of addiction psychiatry in public, private, and academic settings, learning evidence-based treatments and participating in the development of the field’s knowledge base through research and writing.

This fellowship is for graduates of accredited psychiatry residencies during the PGY-V year and is designed to meet the objectives of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Graduates of the fellowship pursue careers in the clinical care of substance use disorders, addiction research, and psychiatry education.

Training Experience

Core training includes an overview of the field of addiction psychiatry with an emphasis on identification, assessment, diagnosis, and successful treatment. Training is provided in individual, group, and family therapy using techniques that include motivational interviewing, education, cognitive behavior therapy, relapse prevention, psychopharmacology, dynamic psychotherapy, and twelve-step facilitation.

A spectrum of levels of care, including inpatient, partial hospital, outpatient, hospital consultation, and methadone maintenance outpatient clinics, gives fellows access to a variety of patient care experiences. Fellows are exposed to a range of twelve-step and other self-help programs and are exposed to a diverse urban and suburban population from heterogeneous socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Patients cover a range of substance use disorders, as well as co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions.

How to Apply

More information and the application process for the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship may be found on the MGH website.

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Through a series of well-supervised clinical and educational experiences, the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Mass General Brigham provides training opportunities for the acquisition of knowledge and practice in the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of psychiatric signs, symptoms, and disorders seen in older adults.

This fellowship makes use of the clinical, didactic, and research expertise of Mass General Brigham institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. In addition, Hebrew Senior Life offers a continuum of long-term care options for older adults, providing additional clinical experience for fellows.

To develop competencies in the psychiatric care of geriatric patients, fellows participate in a series of supervised clinical rotations throughout the full range of clinical settings (inpatient psychiatry, inpatient medical/surgical, outpatient, long-term care facilities, and community).

At McLean Hospital, fellows provide care for inpatients with and without dementia. They also participate in a weekly didactic/clinical experience in geriatric substance misuse treatment. Additional levels of care are incorporated through rotations at other Mass General Brigham institutions. Interested fellows may also participate in research or the preparation of a manuscript to be submitted for review and possible publication in a journal.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Mass General Brigham is an ACGME-accredited fellowship, which fulfills the specialized post-residency training requirement necessary for ABPN certification in the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry. This is a one-year program, with one to two fellowship positions available each year.

How to Apply

More information and the application process for the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship may be found on the MGH website.

Sidney R. Baer Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

The Sidney R. Baer Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry is designed to prepare physicians for a career in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry through a firm grounding in the basic fundamentals of behavioral neurology, clinical practice, and research.

Physicians receive the finest educational experience available to develop into outstanding behavioral neurologists and neuropsychiatrists. The two-year fellowship provides clinical and research training for physicians who have completed a residency in neurology or psychiatry and fulfills the requirements for subspecialty certification in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties.

Under the leadership of Bruce H. Price, MD, program faculty consists of an interdisciplinary group of health and behavior specialists including behavioral neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, and addiction specialists. The faculty is committed to the teaching and training of psychiatry and neurology residents, and behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry fellows in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

At McLean Hospital, fellows participate in the outpatient behavioral neurology clinic, inpatient multidisciplinary neurobehavioral rounds, inpatient consultations, and neuroradiology rounds. A typical fellow spends half of his/her time in supervised clinical practice, with the rest of the time divided between teaching activities and research training.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, training focuses on neurobehavioral rounds and didactic teaching, Journal Club, and monthly meetings of the Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee. Options for additional experiences in conjunction with neuropsychology, EEG, electroconvulsive therapy, and neuroimaging are also available. Fellows are expected to present research results at regional and national meetings and to submit their work for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Salary support for fellows comes from funds provided by private foundations or individual grants obtained by the fellow.

Clinical Overview

The Neurology Consultation Service works with McLean Hospital’s many inpatient programs including those specializing in substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, and geriatric psychiatry. Fellows oversee the inpatient consultation service and supervise psychiatry and neurology residents. Responsibilities include initial workups, daily patient follow-ups, acting as the liaison between clinical staff associates and hospital staff, and monthly Journal Club presentations.

The service also provides outpatient behavioral and cognitive-oriented neurological consultations and addresses behavioral issues in outpatients with traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, demyelinating disorders, movement disorders, cognitive decline, dementias, stroke, sleep disorders, and psychiatric illness.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted from late April through September of the preceding year with interviews completed by September. Applicants must submit a letter outlining their interest and objectives for subspecializing in behavioral neurology or neuropsychiatry, along with a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. For more information, please call 617.855.2354.

McLean Hospital
Department of Neurology
115 Mill Street, Mail Stop 206
Belmont, MA 02478

Women’s Mental Health Psychiatry Fellowship

The Division of Women’s Mental Health Psychiatry Fellowship is a full-time, 12-month PGY-V clinical fellowship at McLean Hospital designed to provide training in multimodal and evidence-based treatments for the major mental health issues facing women today. These include trauma, eating disorders, substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder, and mood and anxiety disorders.

Working in different levels of care—inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient—with women often with co-occurring disorders and at different points in their treatment, the fellowship provides in-depth exposure to the mental health challenges unique to women. Led by Amy Gagliardi, MD, clinical director of the Division of Women’s Mental Health, the fellowship aims to provide outstanding training in women’s mental health to future clinical and academic leaders.

The fellowship rotations include the Gunderson Residence, the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Inpatient Program, 3East (an adolescent DBT program), and the Klarman Eating Disorders Center. The fellow meets weekly with individual clinical supervisors and with program leadership on each rotation, weekly with Dr. Amy Gagliardi for clinical case review, and monthly with Dr. Shelly F. Greenfield, chief of the Division of Women’s Mental Health and chief academic officer of McLean Hospital.

The fellow participates in at least one outpatient longitudinal experience in evidence-based treatments designed for women, including co-leadership of the outpatient Women’s Recovery Group, an empirically-validated, gender-specific group therapy for women with substance use disorders. The fellow also gains experience in the medical aspects of women’s mental health (including pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause) through a two-month part-time rotation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

At McLean, the fellow has the opportunity to provide cross-divisional clinical consultations and engage in a scholarly project. Professional conferences, divisional educational meetings and trainings, and other relevant learning opportunities at McLean are also included as a part of the fellow’s curriculum of learning.

Read more about the fellowship.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should provide a CV, personal statement, and at least three letters of recommendation including one from the applicant’s psychiatry residency training director. Applications are accepted starting April 1 and final determinations are made in October.

For more information about the fellowship and application process, or to submit your application, please contact Amy Gagliardi, MD.