Letter from the Chiefs


We’re thrilled to welcome you to the website of the UNC General Psychiatry Residency Program! This is an exciting time as you consider the next steps in your career as a psychiatrist. There are lots of great programs out there; let us tell you what sets us apart.

Our training environment prepares residents to provide care to a culturally, socioeconomically, and diagnostically diverse patient population. In addition to general psychiatry, we are exposed to the inpatient and outpatient management of children and adolescents, geriatric adults, perinatal women, individuals with eating disorders, and those with co-occurring medical illness. We begin our outpatient and psychotherapy training in the second year, allowing for three years of continuity. By the fourth year of training, residents are confident in their abilities to practice independently, whatever their interests may be, and are encouraged to explore those interests in depth.  Elective opportunities exist in many areas, including neuromodulation and ECT, forensic psychiatry, community psychiatry, integrative mental health care, advocacy and policy, quality improvement, medical student education, emergency psychiatry, student mental health, sports psychiatry, assertive community treatment teams, several therapy modalities, junior attending on all of our inpatient services, and many others. Many continue to hone their expertise in competitive subspecialty fellowships at UNC and around the country. The collegial spirit of department and faculty makes it easy to get involved in research or expand your clinical exposure beyond the general program requirements.

In addition to our high quality training program, we have well-rounded, enthusiastic, hardworking and collegial residents. We work very hard, and also enjoy our time outside of the hospital and clinics. Chapel Hill and the Triangle offer many diverse activities and entertainment. Our residents enjoy nights at the Durham Performing Arts Center, attending the weekly farmers’ markets, Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn, collegiate and professional sporting events, hiking at Umstead Park and the Eno River, boating on Jordan Lake, many world-class restaurants, food truck rodeos, art walks, innumerable festivals, and weekend trips to the beach or the mountains.

Thank you for your interest in our program and please feel free to email us with any questions you may have.

 Chiefs 2016

Rebecca Bottom, Laura Iafrati, Lisa Lindquist and Neil Naik
2016 – 2017 Chief Residents