Message from the Program Director

Jyotsna Ranga, M.D.

The University of Tennessee Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program welcomes your interest in our program! We are an intrinsic part of University of Tennessee Department of Psychiatry.

Our program provides a clinically rich, detailed experience, interspersed with didactics and close supervision in a supportive setting that aims to develop a strong foundation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Through this journey, fellows develop a strong foundation in understanding biological, psychological, social, and developmental factors affecting the lives of children, adolescents and their families, and learn to assess and treat their patients using the same approach.

Our program has two fellows per academic year and four core faculty members that devote a considerable part of their time and attention to the teaching and professional development of the trainees. We do have several volunteer facilities to which our fellows have access. Due to the size of our program, there is ample opportunity to get individual attention, to pursue interests with mentors, and we aim to have a close knit bond.

Our fellows receive experience at many sites, enabling them to see the spectrum of child and adolescent psychopathology as well as the different systems of care. They get accustomed to working in different settings and navigating the child mental health system in this area. The goal is to provide a basic understanding of the different ways that child and adolescent psychiatrists function in the system.

We are closely connected to the residents in the Department of Psychiatry as well as medical students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Faculty and fellows interact, teach, and mentor these students.

Our rotations are at Saint Francis Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Shelby County Unified School District, in both the Day Treatment Program and the community mental health clinic with Life Enhancement Services. Our outpatient work is delivered at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, where there is a rich interchange with psychologists and psychology interns and, on occasion, developmental pediatrics.

Our didactics focus on getting a detailed basic knowledge in child and adolescent psychiatry. We strive to provide an active, engaging learning process that incorporates fellow and resident initiative, faculty moderation and questions to keep us all focused!

In supervision, the fellows have the ability to grow as therapists and in their professional identity as a child and adolescent psychiatrist with the guidance of their advisor.

To summarize, we have a friendly and comprehensive program that we invite you to look at!

Jyotsna Ranga, M.D.
Program Director
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Contact Us

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
711 Jefferson Ave., Suite 178
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Phone: 901-448-5944
Fax: 901-448-5089

Jyotsna Ranga, M.D.
Program Director
Email: jranga@uthsc.edu

Leigh Ann Barns
Coordinator
Phone: 901-448-2302
Email: lbarns@uthsc.edu

**Photos Courtesy of Drs. Jack Gills and Ethel Cobbett**