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Message from the Child & Adolescent Chief

Daniel Tucker, MDWe call your attention to the diversity of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (DCAP) clinical, education, and research opportunities. Our academic setting fosters and guides residents and fellows to recognize and develop their strengths and express them in their future work. Please see Dr. Kimberly A. White’s enumeration of the specific curriculum emphasized by our ACGME approved post-graduate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training program.

Clinical training utilizes local and outlying clinics, the latter now extending to UF’s newest facility at Vero Beach, Florida. Closer to the UF Medical Center in Gainesville, the main training sites are built around core services at the Shands Vista Hospital for inpatient and partial hospitalization, the nearby and new Springhill facility with onsite programming emphasizing psychotherapy and family participation. This site is the main site for outpatient training in a shared setting with Child and Adolescent Psychology. The Meridian Mental Health System in its Gainesville facility provides a setting for fellows to learn in the community setting, with particular emphasis on clinical formulation and treatment amid a web of agencies and programs which collaborate toward meeting the needs of children in stressed families. Our faculty and trainees participate in direct care to youths in foster care, schools, and community programs.

The McKnight Brain Institute houses the imaging and bench top researchers of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Faculty are pursuing areas of clinical emphasis with research efforts including but are not limited to Autism (genetics and treatment), ADHD (epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment), OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, post infection neuropsychiatric disorders with psychiatric presentations, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and addiction recovery. The McKnight Brain Institute aligns the educational programs of the Psychiatry-Neurology-Neurosurgery axis, augmented by their molecular, genetic, and developmental biological basic researchers.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry involves teamwork, and in our educational effort we consciously draw upon expertise from other professions including: Child Psychology, Pediatric Neurology, Social Work, Applied Behavior Analysis, Pharmacology, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Addictions, Recreational Therapy, other administrative case management professionals from foster care, juvenile justice, legislative interfacing. We seek to help trainees find their own professional voice as they contribute in peer to peer team efforts with the earned central role of a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

We are an enthusiastic, growing faculty and collaborative learning fellowship with support from the State of Florida and philanthropic grants exemplified by The McCabe Foundation. Toward the development of individual research interests in faculty and fellows, we are gifted by the sponsorship and innovation of the UF Department of Psychiatry with its Chairman, Mark Gold, M.D. and by the well-wishing, co-interested Department of Pediatrics, with its Chairman, Scott Rivkees M.D., who both profoundly understand the Margaret Mead injunction that as a society we must take care of all children. Serving that global purpose is best done locally, here and now, with a visionary eye on the future of childhood. We invite interested prospective trainees as well as professional colleagues to consider joining us at the University of Florida. As a Division, we look forward to attending to the clinical needs of patients.

Daniel Tucker, M.D.

Associate Professor and Chief

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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