Child-Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

General Philosophy

The orientation of the program is biopsychosocial and eclectic. Hence, Fellows learn biological, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, object relations and family approaches to the assessment of children and adolescents all within a developmental framework. 

General Objectives

The overall goal of the fellowship is to help each fellow develop the knowledge, skills and necessary experience to enjoy a productive life as a child-adolescent psychiatrist in a clinical, administrative, or research career. To this end, fellows are engaged in a progressive series of clinical and educational experiences. These include: closely supervised clinical outpatient and inpatient patient care; specific didactic courses (about 7 hours a week); supervised individual, family, group and milieu treatment; consultation and liaison in both hospital and community settings, including schools, courts and a community mental health center.

All fellows are required to gain competence in addressing mental disorders from infancy to late adolescence; consequently, developmental considerations are at the core of our biopsychosocial conceptual approach. Fellows are expected to be able to evaluate and follow patients from all socioeconomic and cultural levels, and to graduate with skills related to in-depth and evidence-based work with children, their families and related systems. This involves multi-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge of current research, as well as clinical, educational, and administrative  experience.

The clinical experiences include: inpatient and residential treatment at the Integris Mental Health Center (Spencer); outpatient child psychiatry in the Williams Pavilion at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; consultation and liaison at The Children's Hospital of Oklahoma (the only comprehensive children's hospital in the state of Oklahoma), a rotation in child neurology, and consultation to local courts and schools.

Electives in the second year allow the fellow to study areas of research interest or to follow up clinical areas in which he/she wishes more experiences. In recent years, fellows have chosen electives in the sleep laboratory, neuropsychology, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and trauma-disaster research. Department faculty members are involved in research on psychological resilience, abnormal sexual genitalia, PTSD, and children's reactions and coping in disasters and terrorism.

Swapna Deshpande, MD, Director
​Mayra Castaneda, Fellowship Coordinator

(405) 271-5212, Ext. 47624
Email: Mayra Castaneda

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 Psychiatry Faculty 
Swapna N. Deshpande, MD
Swapna N. Deshpande, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Rainbolt Family Chair in Child Psychiatry
Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Humaira Abid, MD Humaira Abid, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Vijay Ekambaram, MD, MPH
Vijayabharathi Ekambaram, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor 
 Robyn Cowperthwaite, MD  Robin Cowperthwaite, MD
Assistant Professor
Chief, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
 Whitney Nall Whitney Nall, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
  John Raizen, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor (Volunteer Faculty)
Supervisor, Inpatient Integris Mental Health-Spencer
  Fiona Li, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor (Volunteer Faculty)
Supervisor, Inpatient Integris Mental Health-Spencer
  Shree Vinekar, MD
Professor Emeritus
St. Anthony Hospital

 Psychology Faculty
 Sandra Allen, PhD

Sandra Allen, PhD
Professor Emeritus

 Erin Hawks Erin Hawks, PhD
Assistant Professor 
 Social Work Faculty
 Arlee Photo Lenore Arlee, LCSW
 Heather Baker, LCSW Heather Baker, LCSW
 Grace L. Whaley, LMSW Grace L. Whaley, LMSW
​Clinical Instructor
Other Faculty
   Jim Scott, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Adjunct Faculty (Other OU Departments)
Laura McGuinn, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Behavioral Pediatrics)