Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

We offer a diversity of clinical experiences, comprehensive evidence-based training, and a compassionate and collegial environment to support psychiatrists in caring for children and their families. Our fellowship is ACGME accredited.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Are you passionate about working with children and families? Do you plan on sub-specializing in Child Psychiatry? Our special Child Track lets you match into our general residency and fellowship at the same time.

This program requires a five-year commitment which includes three years of general psychiatry and guarantees your spot in the two-year fellowship. You’ll also be able to spend more time during a residency on child rotations and gain more connections with our wonderful Child and Adolescent Psychiatry faculty. This special opportunity is a great way to maximize your training in this field!

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"From the start, I get to focus on my desired sub-specialty and be paired with an inspiring, encouraging mentor at a great program. During my PGY-2 year, I’ll train with children in the emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and subspecialty clinics such as substance use. What a gift!"

Elizabeth Richardson, MD, PGY-2


Many of our fellows choose us because they want to care for underserved and rural populations. They seek the unique opportunities we offer, with our experienced faculty, so they can make a real difference in their local communities. 

Plan to take home call both years, generally limited at 3 calls/monthly. During these opportunities, you gain experience triaging urgent care needs for children and families, both in Albuquerque and around the state. We have a large number of faculty members with a wealth of diverse backgrounds and interests. You’ll find that they have a particular passion for teaching, mentorship, and dedication to care both locally and via national connections.


“I chose the UNM Child Psychiatry track for excellent clinical psychiatric training and to work with rural and underserved populations. I’ve very much enjoyed being a part of such a great program!”

Peter M. Holguin, MD, PGY-2

Fellowship Details

We train our fellows to care for children and families in multiple settings, with a particular focus on trauma-informed approaches and culturally sensitive practice. We encourage you to actively participate in program development and improvement measures. And, we’re flexible so that you can pursue your own interests, too. You’ll also have the opportunity to focus on specific tracks such as Rural Health, Infant Mental Health, Psychotherapy, or preparation for an academic career.

Whether you apply by Early Match or the regular process, you will need the following items.

Please complete an Application Packet with these contents:

  • ERAS Online Application

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae

  • Medical School Transcripts

  • USMLE/COMPLEX Scores Steps 1, 2, & 3

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (one from current Training Director)

  • ECFMG Certificate (when applicable)

  • CAP Transfer letter if indicated

These items can be sent in one packet or separately to the program.

Early Match deadline is 7/1 and must be completed during your 3rd year of residency.

Applications open on August 12, 2020; regular application deadline is November 1, 2020.

For the combined residency/Child fellowship option, applications will be through the ERAS general residency process.

Please send your packet to:

Kristina Sowar, MD
C/O Gabrielle Trujillo
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
MSC09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131


First Year

  • Inpatient Child Psychiatry at Children's Psychiatric Hospital (UNM) - ages 5-17
  • Consult-Liaison at UNM Main Hospital, Pediatrics division
  • Outpatient Urgent Evaluation (ABC) Clinic (UNM Children's Psychiatric Center)
  • Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic (UNM Children's Psychiatric Center)
  • Emergency Psychiatry (On Call, from home)


Second Year

  • 0-5 Clinic
  • Disruptive Behavior/Disorders Clinic  
  • Group Therapy
  • Early Psychosis Clinic
  • Eating Disorder Clinic
  • Elective time, for Track pursuit, Therapy, and Rural or Away Rotations
  • Emergency Psychiatry (On Call, from home)
  • Family Therapy / Family Support Clinic
  • Juvenile Justice / Detention Home
  • Perinatal/Infant Mental Health Clinic
  • Psychological Testing
  • School-Based Health Clinic
  • Substance Abuse Treatment (STAR) for Adolescents
  • Telehealth to Indian Health Service Locations
  • Autism Training and Education
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Neuromodulation (ECT, TMS)
  • Research
  • Scholarly Pursuits
  • Quality Improvement
  • Community/Media Presentations
  • Academic/Research
  • Clinical/Psychotherapy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Rural/Telehealth
  • Trauma-Informed Care

Kristina Sowar, MD

Program Director

Residency/Fellowship: University of New Mexico

Medical School: University of Colorado

Professional Interests: Education and mentoring for Psychiatric and other medical trainees; program development; care for patients with eating disorders; emergency psychiatry; neuromodulation for adolescents (ECT.)

Kimothi Cain, MD

Associate Program Director

Residency/Fellowship: University of New Mexico

Medical School: University of New Mexico

Professional Interests: Infant mental health, family therapy, consult-liaison psychiatry, education for Psychiatry and other medical trainees; psychotherapy.


Our graduates practice in an impressive variety of settings and locations! Many remain here in New Mexico. Others move on to other locales.

Recent graduate pursuits include

  • Academia (UNM, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Oregon, Virginia Tech)
  • Community Psychiatry (private hospitals, federally qualified health sites)
  • Private Practice
  • Rural Health Care
  • Telehealth

Apply for Early Match


Are you ready to match to UNM? You’ll need to interview and commit by 7/1 of your third year.

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Fellowship Contact

Program Coordinator

Gabrielle Trujillo

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2400 Tucker Avenue NE

1 University of New Mexico



Albuquerque, NM 87131