Why UNM?

New Mexico is a beautiful state. There are challenges here, too, in delivering healthcare to its diverse and historically underserved rural and urban populations. When you study with us, you’ll have the opportunity to train in this unique environment. You’ll learn to be an outstanding clinician, scientist, and leader in Addiction Psychiatry who serves communities with the highest level of expertise, respect, compassion, and professionalism. While you’re with us, you’ll become proficient in evidence-based psychosocial, behavioral, and pharmacologic treatments for a variety of substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring conditions, delivered in a culturally sensitive and inquisitive manner.

Notable Program Features

Training in

  • motivational Interviewing by nationally renowned experts in the birthplace of this counseling method
  • treatment of transitional age youth with SUD
  • multi-disciplinary treatment of pregnant women with SUD
  • responsible management of chronic pain and opioid stewardship
  • variety of evidence-based psychosocial treatments for SUDs and co-occurring conditions such as PTSD
  • co-training with fellows in Addiction Medicine
  • working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings
  • working closely with Indian Health Service to provide treatment, education, and case consultations across the United States

The opportunity to

  • participate in weekly didactics and case consultations through ECHO clinics
  • work with diverse, multidisciplinary faculty
  • supervise medical students, psychiatry residents, and family practice residents
  • support individuals through all stages of their recovery journey
  • be meaningfully involved in a variety of clinical research
  • be involved in relevant policy work at local and state levels
  • participate in a very active psychedelic reading group
  • Focus on fellow well-being and a healthy, balanced lifestyle


This fellowship was perfect for me. With training in residential, outpatient, psychiatric, and methadone maintenance treatment settings, and approachable, compassionate, and knowledgeable faculty and colleagues, and a comprehensive weekly didactic, I felt prepared to embark on a fulfilling career in academic and clinical addiction psychiatry. Plus, New Mexico is an awesome place to live!”

Claire Wilcox, MD, Fellow, 2008-2009