Child Psychology

Duration: 4 weeks; Days/Week: 5; Hours/Day: 7-8. No night calls.

Location: Henry Ford Westpark Clinic and Kingswood Hospital Inpatient Child Psychiatry Unit

Rotation Coordinator: Dr. Melissa Hendricks

Goal: To learn about ambulatory and inpatient models of psychiatric care for children and adolescents.


  • To learn about cognitive and psychosocial development of children and adolescents.
  • To learn about clinical psychopathology in children and adolescents.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings
  • Participate in ongoing management including medication evaluations and therapy appointments.


This elective is available to senior medical students with plans of applying for residency training in psychiatry. Students will rotate through the Westpark outpatient psychiatric clinic for two weeks and the inpatient psychiatric unit at Kingswood Hospital for two weeks. The Westpark experience will include an experience at Henry Ford Center for Autism and Developmental Disability (CADD) and our School Based program. Medical students will have the opportunity to learn more about child and adolescent psychiatry. The student will attend grand rounds and meet weekly with Dr. MacLean.

Evaluation: Clinical evaluation

Recommended Reading Material: Dulcan’s Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Second Edition. Free Access for Henry Ford Students

Elective Available: September - May. All electives require approval from Drs. MacLean and Hendricks

Maximum Number of Students and Prerequisites: 1 (Year IV only) with plans of applying for residency training in psychiatry. Students must have completed core clerkship.

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