Community Psychiatry Fellowships


Community Psychiatry Fellowship

Take advantage of this one-year training opportunity for general and specialty psychiatry trainees preparing to enter their PGY-5 or above year of training.


To prepare psychiatrists to be effective local, national, and global leaders in community mental health by providing training in interdisciplinary models of care, community-minded and recovery-oriented clinical services, consumer-relevant research, evidence-based practices, quality improvement, and mental health advocacy and policy.


  • Expert-led weekly seminars to apply literature review to practical clinical scenarios
  • Dedicated time in diverse community settings, including the STEP Community Mental Health Clinic and primary care clinics, with site placement supervision removed from the clinical site placement
  • Opportunities to take an active role in site administration
  • Completion of an academic project with program supervision
  • Elective experience with various state entities, advocacy organizations, and community partners
  • Exposure to policy formation with various stakeholders within the mental health system


  • 20% Didactics, mentoring/supervision, and academic project
  • 20% Administrative
  • 10% Policy/advocacy and electives
  • 50% Clinical

* There is an optional two-year format to allow completion of coursework toward a certificate program or a Masters in Public Health. Determined annually.


Application for the 2016-2017 year will begin in Fall 2015.

For additional information, contact:
Carol Vanderzwagg, MD, 


The Community Psychiatry Fellowship enjoys the support of university, government, and local and regional non-government and volunteer organizations, including: the UNC Schools of Public Health, Social Work, and Pharmacy; the UNC Department of Psychology, and the Sheps Center for Health Services Research; the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, and the North Carolina General Assembly; Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organization; and Community Care of North Carolina.