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Education and Training Programs

The UCSD Department of Psychiatry is home to between 25-30 formal training programs, and about 350 trainees. Our programs serve different disciplines, including Psychiatry, Psychology and Allied Mental Health Professions, and different levels of training, from predoctoral medical and graduate students to postdoctoral Residents and research Fellows. Topics range from general to highly specialized and cover developmental phases from childhood to late life. Several of our programs are supported by the NIH via R25 and T32 Awards, and by the Veterans Administration via MIRECC and other Fellowship support. For program details, simply click on the relevant links or program boxes!
*The program chart correlates to the drop down menu below, and each category is referenced by color starting with the top left going counter clockwise.

Medical Student and High School Programs

MSI-II: Clinical Foundations; Mind, Brain & Behavior

MSIII: Psychiatry Core Clerkship (MSIII)

The MSIII: Psychiatry Core Clerkship (MSIII) is a 6 weeks intensive clinical psychiatry clerkship involving direct patient care, didactics, and simulated case experiences. Students are expected to develop clinical and psychopathological familiarity with affective disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and somatoform disorders. In addition, there is some exposure to Child Psychiatry, Geropsychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. There is both theoretical and practical training in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. At the end of the 6 week clerkship, all students take the standardized Shelf Exam in Psychiatry.

MSIV: Psychiatry Electives (MSIV)

Our Department offers seven advanced one-month MSIV: Psychiatry Electives (MSIV) clinical electives in Psychiatry specialty areas. Topics include Advanced Clinical Psychiatry, Consultation/Liaison Clerkship, Geropsychiatry Clerkship, Psychiatric Crisis Evaluation, Child Psychiatry, Inpatient Psychiatry Subinternship, and Subinternship in Inpatient Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

T35 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR)

High School – Summer Training in Aging Research (HS STAR)

Psychiatry Residency Programs

Psychiatry Clinical Fellowships (*ACGME Accredited)

Interdisciplinary Research Fellowships

R25 Sustained Training on Aging & HIV Research Program

T32 Research Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health

VA Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)

R25 Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship in NeuroAIDS (IRFN)

VA Center of Excellence for Stress & Mental Health (CESAMH)

Supported by the Office of Academic Affiliation, the Center of Excellence in Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH) fellowship at VA San Diego Healthcare System and affiliated with University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry offers early career psychologists and physicians advanced training in clinical research in high priority areas of mental health for Veterans. Over the course of the two-year program, fellows are trained in clinical research, advanced clinical care service delivery, education, and program administration and evaluation in an interdisciplinary setting, with a focus on stress- and trauma-related disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The fellowship is accredited by the American Psychology Association for advanced training in professional clinical psychology.

VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is one of seven sites selected for a VA-funded Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment. Our two-year advanced fellowship recruits clinical/counseling psychologists and physicians. Advanced Fellows must demonstrate interest in pursuing VA and/or academic careers with addiction treatment as a significant focus. Fellows spend at least 75% of their time in educational experiences and clinical research in addiction treatment. No more than 25% of fellow effort shall be for non-educational clinical service. Training consists of didactic coursework and seminars aimed at providing requisite skills for developing into an independent researcher. A central component of the program is an independent research project with extensive mentoring by senior faculty members. The program is enhanced by opportunities for other course work, patient care, and teaching based on training goals.

VA Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health provides interdisciplinary training to postdoctoral or post-residency fellows to prepare them for careers as independent women’s healthcare specialists. This is a US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)- Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) fellowship program. The program has an Associated Health Professional track, which supports an APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology as well as advanced training for nurses and social workers, and a Physician track. Through a combination of clinical, research, and teaching experiences, as well as cross-disciplinary training opportunities and supervision from women’s health specialists, the fellowship prepares healthcare professionals for a VA career that integrates clinical, research, and leadership activities focused on women’s health.

T32 Training in Research on Addictions in Interdisciplinary NeuroAIDS (TRAIN)

NIAAA T32 Alcohol Research in the Science/Practitioner Model

T32 Fellowship in Biopsychiatry and Neuroscience

Interdisciplinary Clinical and Research Fellowships

VA Interprofessional Fellowship: Psychosocial Rehab. & Recovery Oriented Services

VASDHS Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency Program

Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

Psychology Graduate, Internship and Residency Programs

Allied Professionals

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Training Program

Community Psychiatry Program oversees the advanced nurse practice clinical training program. Our role in the community is to be the academic hub for future mental health clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the public sector. Our involvement with our partners is not only crucial for our success, but is integral to our existence. We have strong ties to School of Nursing at University of San Diego and California State University, San Marcos. As the only academic program in San Diego with direct clinical training partnership with PMHNP schools, we strive to train high quality PMHNP graduates in a collaborative fashion.

UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry Allied Mental Health Professions’ Clinical Training



Clicking a box below takes you to the corresponding program website:


Diagram of Education and Training Programs


MSTAR HS STAR MSI-II MSIII MSIV JDP UCSD-VA Psychology Internship T32 Training in Research on Addictions in Interdisciplinary NeuroAIDS (TRAIN)
T32 Alcohol Research in the Science/Practitioner Model: Behavioral Sciences in Alcohol Abuse
VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Addiction Treatment
VA Fellowship Program in Health Issues of Women Veterans
VA Interprofessional Fellowship: Psychosocial Rehab. & Recovery Oriented Services
VASDHS-UCSD Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program
VA Neuro-psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program
P12 IRFN CESAMH BioPsych Fellowship MIRECC Community Psych Track Community Psych Fellowship Child & Community Psych Geriatric Psych Fellowship Consultation Liaison Psych T32 Research Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health
Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical Fellowship
Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Child & Adolescent Psych Psych Redidency Combined FM/Psych Residency R25 Research Residency Allied Mental Health Psych NP Program Eating Disorders Fellowship Program
STAHR