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Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program


A Message from Program Director

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The program is committed to training professionals who, as medical specialists, are concerned with the healthy development of children, adolescents and their families and who diagnose and treat psychiatric disturbances of childhood and adolescence. Residents who have completed a minimum of three years of the Psychiatric Residency Program are eligible to enter the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program. Offered by the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, this program accepts three trainees each year.

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry includes an unparalleled array of clinical services on our main campus at Westchester Medical Center. There are separate acute psychiatric inpatient units for Adolescents and Children along with an Outpatient Clinic at the Behavioral Health Center. We provide Consultation-Liaison services to the pediatric patients at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, where fellows also rotate with the Pediatric Neurology service. Fellows also spend time at a foster care mental health clinic at the Westchester Institute for Human Development. Nearby institutions such as the Blythedale Children’s Hospital, a specialized physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital for children, and The Children’s Village, a residential treatment center, enhance our trainees’ ability to learn to provide excellent care across multiple systems. Fellows in our program also have the opportunity to create elective rotations using the amazing local resources available on our campus and in surrounding area.

Our didactic program is designed to complement these rich clinical experiences and to encourage deeper understanding of normal development, family functioning, psychopathology, and the array of therapeutic interventions available for child and adolescent psychiatrists. Our faculty are actively engaged in supervising our fellows both in vivo and in weekly supervision to provide education, guidance, and support as the fellow advances in their knowledge and experience, helping to foster a spirit of life-long learning necessary to sustain a career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. We participate in the Grand Rounds program in the Department of Psychiatry which allows continued growth and education in the wider field of Psychiatry while receiving specialized training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Current Fellows: 2022-2023


Sade Frazier, DO
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Ocean Medical Center Program (Psychiatry - General)

Naomi Oyemwense, MD
Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: Psychiatry (Westchester Medical Center)

Vishnupriya Samarendra, MD
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: Psychiatry (Westchester Medical Center)


Alexander Libman, MD
Medical School: Tel-Aviv University-Sackler School of Medicine, New York
General Psychiatry: Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York - July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022

Tara Mehrad, MD
Medical School: Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran
General Psychiatry: Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla. New York - July 1, 2015 - August 30, 2016

Adil Sarfraz, MD
Medical School: American University of Antigua
General Psychiatry: Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla. New York - July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022


June 30, 2022:
Rafael Coira, MD
Pooja Palkar, MD

Our aim is to be able to help each fellow grow and develop so that they become well-rounded competent Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, capable of entering any practice setting they choose to pursue.

Steven Dickstein, MD

Fellowship Director

Nancy Guerrero

Program coordinator.

To learn more about our program, please call our office at 914.493.8424 or email and