The Yale Fellowship in Public Psychiatry provides advanced training in clinical, administrative, and legal aspects of the practice of psychiatry within the public sector, including policy development on a statewide level. It fosters the development of the participants in their careers as future leaders within the field by providing didactic and interactive learning experiences, mentorship, and opportunities to engage in scholarship.
The Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) has flourished as a successful partnership between the Yale University School of Medicine and the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) for the past 50 years. CMHC provides a full range of inpatient and ambulatory services to residents of the Greater New Haven area, serves as a training ground for mental health professionals from several disciplines, and is the site for internationally acclaimed research. CMHC is also the Local Mental Health Authority for a Community Services Network comprised of 18 clinical, residential, vocational, and psychosocial rehabilitation providers.
The Center is located in downtown New Haven across the street from Yale-New Haven Hospital and adjacent to the campus of the Yale University School of Medicine. The Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit and Ribicoff Research Facilities at CMHC are the location of basic and clinical neurobiological research programs that have had an enormous impact on the field. The Law and Psychiatry Division is led by national experts who are involved in teaching, consultation and scholarship activities within the Center and on a national level. The Division of Substance Abuse is one of the leading clinical and research programs in the country, and the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) is another academic center with a national reputation in the development, implementation and research of recovery-oriented services.
DMHAS, CMHC, and the Department of Psychiatry of the Yale School of Medicine are committed to providing advanced training to psychiatrists who are interested in pursuing careers in the field of Public Psychiatry. The unique settings of state-funded, academic, mental health facilities provide excellent opportunities for obtaining experience and greater understanding in this important area.
Because of the depth and breadth of experience in the understanding and practice of Public Sector Psychiatry that exists within CMHC and its affiliate agencies, the Yale Fellowship in Public Psychiatry was launched in 2007. The program began with one funded position at the level of PG 4 or 5 trainees, and has now expanded to 3 junior faculty positions.
Structure of Fellowship Program
Fellows who meet eligibility criteria are appointed to the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine at the rank of Instructor. A yearly salary is paid at the level commensurate with this rank as determined by the department. Medical benefits, malpractice coverage, and reimbursement for licensure are included in the compensation package. The program will also pay travel expenses for a professional conference. The Yale School of Medicine issues a certificate of completion of advanced training to individuals who successfully complete the one-year program.
- Fellows spend 50% effort providing direct clinical service and/or consultation within public mental health settings, including CMHC, Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), Greater Bridgeport Mental Health Center, and/or other community settings. Potential placements at CVH include inpatient Forensic Services, Young Adult Services, a TBI unit, and the Behavior Intervention Service. Potential placements at CMHC include the ACT team, Acute Services, Hispanic Clinic, STEP (first episode) clinic, the Young Adult Service, and the Inpatient Service
- Fellows spend 50% time (20 hours per week) participating in seminars, administrative meetings, supervision and scholarship.
- The core seminar in Public Mental Health Administration takes place at CMHC on Wednesday afternoons. They also join the weekly CMHC Attending/trainee psychiatrist meeting. Group supervision with the Program Director takes place weekly at CMHC.
- All Fellows attend the monthly Statewide Clinical Chiefs meeting, chaired by the DMHAS Medical Director.
Typical Weekly Schedule
Clinical sites, 9-5
Clinical sites, 9-5
Senior Leadership Group
CMHC MD Mtg
Public MH and Admin Seminar
AM – Clinical sites
PM – Statewide Clinical Chiefs (monthly)
Yale Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Fellows are expected to develop and complete an academic or quality improvement project during the year that will further their understanding of an aspect of Public Psychiatry and promote the advancement of care in the field. These projects may culminate in lectures for professional staff and/or a community audience, papers suitable for publication, development of statewide policy, etc. Fellows who are based at CVH will be encouraged to seek a topic for study that is relevant to the provision of care in that setting, and may be carried out under the mentorship of CVH leaders.
Jeanne Steiner, DO, Program Director
Medical Director, CMHC
Tobias Wasser, MD, Associate Program Director
Medical Director, Whiting Forensic Division, Connecticut Valley Hospital
Allison Ponce, PhD
Director of Education and Training, CMHC
Michael Sernyak, MD
Charles Dike, MD
Medical Director, DMHAS
Esperanza Diaz, MD
Medical Director, CMHC Hispanic Clinic
Monica Kalacznik, MD
Medical Director, CMHC ACT Team
Dr. Steiner is the Program Director and administrative supervisor of the Fellows. As Medical Director of CMHC, she oversees the training programs, the clinical care provided by faculty, and the administration of the Risk Management and Performance Improvement programs for the hospital. She arranges and monitors all clinical and educational components of this program.
Eligibility and Application Process
Eligibility requirements include graduation from an accredited residency program, board eligibility, employability and licensure in the state of CT. Although the Fellowship is designed primarily for psychiatrists who have completed ACGME approved residencies the program may accept PG 4 residents who meet all other eligibility criteria.
Please send a letter of interest describing your background, career goals, and how the Fellowship will facilitate your achievement of those goals, and a CV to Dr. Steiner. Please arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent directly to her.
Jeanne Steiner, DO
Medical Director, Connecticut Mental Health Center
34 Park Street
New Haven, CT 06519
firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 974-7077
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