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Residency and Fellowships

Child & Adolescent Fellowship

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program of the University of Missouri have been in continuous operation since 1967. As a fully accredited two-year program, we graduate up to three child and adolescent psychiatrists each year. The number of fellows has been limited to a program complement of six in order to provide personalized supervision and to facilitate an atmosphere in which each fellow is considered a respected contributor.

A Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist must have a thorough understanding of the development and prevention of psychopathology as it appears from infancy through adulthood. He or she should also have the skills to serve as an effective consultant to primary care physicians, community agencies and institutions serving children and adolescents. To this end, the program has always emphasized individual instruction and supervision and has maintained a cohesive approach in which faculty and fellows share clinical responsibilities and learn from the exchange of ideas.

The diagnostic and treatment approach to patients follows the integrated psycho-social-biological philosophy that views mental illness as a multi-etiological problem that can benefit from a spectrum of treatments. Our faculty members form an eclectic group representing psychiatry, psychology and social services.

The goal of the child psychiatry training program is to produce competent and caring physicians who feel comfortable whether in a clinical office, with families, in juvenile courts, addressing a professional group, writing ideas, or working with an inpatient team. Fellows will grow in their knowledge of pharmacotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy, family therapy, and behavioral management approaches. They will also learn to critically evaluate journal articles and to formulate their own research ideas and methods. Knowledge of record keeping, time utilization, and quality assurance is stressed to promote skills which are needed in today's professional market.

Program Director

Laine M. Young-Walker, MD

Associate Program Director

Jusleen C. Kendhari, MD 

Application Process

We welcome applications from all ACGME-accredited training programs and encourage any interested applicants including international graduates to submit their applications either by ERAS or with universal application [click here], curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation (written in the last 12 months) and a personal statement  to Program Director, Laine Young-Walker. Our program sponsors j1 visa and will continue to support the candidates already on H1B.


We are very proud of our training, the diverse opportunity and the experiences. Our fellows rotate through various inpatients and outpatient facilities 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Rotations/Supervisors/Locations

Rotation Name

Rotation Supervisor

Rotation Location


Rachel Brown, M.D.

Garima Singh, M.D.

Thompson Center



Laine Young-Walker, M.D.

Schools in Boone County

 Child Development

Laine Young-Walker, M.D.

Child Development Lab

 Community Outreach

Syed Arshad Husain, M.D.

Clinic located at Woodrail

Columbia, Jefferson City,ROH

Division of Youth Services--Fulton

Laine Young-Walker, M.D.

Fulton Youth Center Treatment  Services

Division of Youth Services--Watkins Mill

Laine Young-Walker, M.D.

Watkins Mill




Juvenile Justice Center

Balkozar Adam, M.D.

Boone County Juvenile Justice  Center

Missouri University Psychiatric Center Inpatient

Ravi Shankar, M.D.

Jusleen Kendhari, M.D.

Arpit Aggarwal, M.D.

3 South, Missouri Psychiatric Center;

MUPC Assessment unit;

Missouri University Psychiatric Center Outpatient

Adam/ Jahan/Young-Walker, M.D.

Missouri Psychiatric Center

Women’s and Children’s Inpatient Consultation Liaison

Kristin Koehn, MD

Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Pediatric Neurology

Arayamparambil C. Anilkumar, M.D.

University of Missouri Health Care

Royal Oaks Hospital Adolescent

Syed Arshad Husain, M.D.

Royal Oaks Hospital

School Consultation

Reesha Adamson

Columbia Public Schools

Substance Abuse

Matt Gooch




Didactics occur on Wednesdays, The program emphasizes the importance of education, evidence based practice, learning and providing opportunities to increase the spectrum of knowledge of our fellows obtain,  so they are better equipped to diagnose and treat common child and adolescent psychiatric conditions. In lieu of this, we have a protected day for didactics, Fellows devote one full day a week to attend child seminars, case conferences, book reviews, journal club, textbook seminars and grand rounds.

8:30 - 10:30

Seminar Series

10:00 - 11:00

Fellow Interview and Discuss Patient-1st week
Child Development Lab-2nd week (from 10-12)
Program Director Meeting-3rd Week and 5th week
Training Director Interview and Discuss Patient-4th

11:00 - 12:00

Textbook Review-1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th weeks

12:30 - 2:00

Psychotherapy Group Supervision (2nd week)

1:00 - 2:00

Psychotherapy Group Supervision (4th week)

3:00 - 4:00

Week 1-Case Conference/Mock Board Vignette
Week 2-Faculty Meeting with Chief Fellow
Week 3-Case Conference/Mock Board Vignette
Week 4-Faculty Meeting with all Fellows

4:00 - 5:00

Grand Rounds

Second Wednesday at 5:15 is the Journal Club

Salaries and Benefits

Leave and vacation

  • Sick Leave  12 days
  • Educational Leave  5 days
  • Vacation 20 days


Miscellaneous benefits

  • Discount on medical book purchases
  • Pagers provided
  • Resident Lounge provides meals 24/7
  • Fees paid for life support certification courses including BLS, ACLS
  • Multimedia computers provided
  • Computer training available through Center for Education Department
  • Funding provided for professional presentations at state and national meetings


Employee assistance Program

The UM System's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential, professional service provided to all employees, their families, retirees and organizational work units. The EAP provides a variety of services to help employees influenced by a range of personal concerns or stressors. The EAP also assists work units and the larger organization to improve quality and productivity.


Insurance Benefits

  • Professional Liability insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision
  • Long-term disability
  • Long Term Care
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Spouse Life Insurance
  • Dependent Child Life Insurance

Current Child & Adolescent Fellows 

1st Year

Vincent Nwankwo Vincent Nwankwo
Tel: (573) 882-8006
>Swarnalata Yerrapu, MD Swarnalata Yerrapu, MD
Tel: (573) 882-8006
Mohammad Yousuf, MD Mohammad Yousuf, MD
Tel: (573) 882-8006


2nd Year

Raquel Diaz, MD Raquel Diaz, MD, MD
Tel: (573) 882-8006
Erum Khan, MD Erum Khan, MD
Tel: (573) 882-8006
Srijana Shrestha, MDSrijana Shrestha, MD
Tel: (573) 882-8006

Contact Information:

Laine Young-Walker, Program Director
1 Hospital Drive
Columbia , MO 65212
(573) 882-8006
Fax (573) 884-5396


Life in Columbia

Columbia is a good size city to raise family or have fun; it provides the best of all worlds. It’s enriched with an excellent university, college life, great public and private schools, theater, parks, trails, restaurants and other entertainment. Columbia offers the comfort, warmth and low cost living of small community town together with big city culture, entertainment and resources. Located between St. Louis and Kansas City (about a two-hour drive from each major city), it’s easily connected to other cities and world.

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