Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency

Here's what some of our past graduates have to say about The Institute of Living's Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program.


Khalid Elzamzamy, MBBCh (2023 graduate)

"I crossed the Atlantic Ocean to pursue my child and adolescent psychiatry training at the IOL. I couldn’t have made a better career move. My journey at the IOL has truly been a transformative one, not only on a professional level but also on a personal level. Everyone at the IOL CAP division from the program directors to faculty to peers to mentors to our outstanding coordinator, Meredith, show tremendous support for our learning as well as our individual needs."

"I had chosen the IOL because it offered a well-balanced training and environment with a plethora of opportunities to master psychopharmacology and psychotherapy while also giving fair attention to academic productivity. Although the learning curve was quite steep for me at the beginning of my fellowship, it was all worth it in the end."

"When I finally had to leave Connecticut to pursue my next career step, it truly felt like I was leaving my family behind."

Veeraraghavan Iyer, MD (2020 graduate)Veeraraghavan Iyer, MD (2020 graduate)

"My choice to pursue CAP fellowship at IOL was a considerable leap from a different state which had different codes and systems. I appreciated the lengths to which my supervisors went to make me feel welcomed.
IOL truly enriched my experience and knowledge. My mentors and preceptors modeled as compassionate and dedicated guides in the true sense. The experience here was personalized and personable; Something, I could not have had elsewhere in hindsight."

"My lost hope of celebrating graduation marking a five-year training feat after med school was miraculously resuscitated in a glorious display of generous pomp and jamboree. This was possible solely from the insistence and perseverance of everyone at the program. If anything, this speaks volumes of care, appreciation and affection the program meticulously showers on its trainees."

Vanessa Katon, DOVanessa Katon, DO (2018 graduate)

“I chose The Institute of Living Child & Adolescent Psychiatry program knowing I would receive wide exposure to different treatment settings where I would have the opportunity to gain experience diagnosing a wide range of psychiatric disorders using a variety of treatment modalities while receiving a wealth of learning and supervision throughout. I graduated the program feeling well trained and prepared not only in my ability to treat children and adolescents with mental health struggles but also in my ability to be a leader in a multidisciplinary team as a psychiatrist.”

“Since graduation, I have practiced as an outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Maine Behavioral Healthcare where I also served as Regional Medical Director. My interests in systems-based care and administrative psychiatry have since led me to my current position as Medical Director at Keystone Peer Review Organization for the Maine Administrative Service Organization. I am grateful for the training I received; I feel the breadth of patients, settings, treatment modalities, comprehensive curriculum, and faculty prepared me to enter into my current position with a well-rounded knowledge base and perspective of mental health and the healthcare system. I am additionally thankful to the faculty who provided such wonderful supervision and mentorship throughout my training experience. Not only did I find them attentive to ensuring we all graduated as knowledgeable and capable child psychiatrists, they supported me in exploring my elective opportunities as my various interests in psychiatry developed.”

Allana R. Lee, DOAllana R. Lee, DO (2012 graduate)

"The Institute of Living is a wonderful psychiatry resident program that I consider to be one of Connecticut’s hidden gems. I had the fantastic opportunity to be a part of both the general psychiatry program as well as the child and adolescent fellowship program as part of their integrative child psychiatry program."

"The program has trained me well in various job settings and I have found all of its graduates have finished the program with similar success."

"I highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a great program that will train you well at the same time as providing a nice, nurturing environment for growth."

"I am currently Medical Director at Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT, where I am participating in program improvement in the Psychiatry Department, as well as engaging in direct patient care across the various clinical programs at the agency. I most recently served as Medical Director at Eastern Connecticut Health Network in Manchester, CT for their outpatient child and adolescent behavioral health services for the past 2.5 years."

Trisha Pesce, MDTrisha Pesce, MD (2012 graduate)

"I have been connected to the Institute of Living since medical school doing elective rotations in my fourth year and later as an adult resident. The quality of the teaching faculty, diversity of patient presentations and positive learning environment made it an easy choice for my Child and Adolescent Fellowship."

"I have found my time here to provide me with the training I still needed after 3 years of adult psychiatry residency. I gained extensive knowledge in child development, explored psychodynamic theories, honed my consult/liaison skills with the neighboring children's hospital and became familiar with all the systems that interface with the child psychiatry field. I now feel competent in a variety of therapy techniques including sand tray, play and creative therapies. I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings both on campus and in the surrounding community that has well prepared me for my future. I strongly recommend others to consider training here at the Institute of Living."

Osman Qureshi, MDOsman Qureshi, MD (2011 graduate)

"I completed my adult training at the IOL, so I had the unfair advantage of knowing how solid the program is in all aspects of training. The faculty is wonderful. Supervision is outstanding. Exposure to different aspects in the field (inpatient, psychotherapy, etc.) was great. Other strengths are the didactics and of course the on-site school."

"Look at what I am doing in less than a year out of my fellowship: I'm Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services at ECHN, Assistant Professor of Adult and Child Psychiatry at University of New England, and Clerkship Director of Psychiatry for University of New England. I'm also in private practice with two office locations, and I'm on the medical staff at The Institute of Living, Natchaug Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital. I think the residency program prepared me quite well!"

Jennifer Purses, DOJennifer Purses, DO (2009 graduate)

"I chose Child & Adolescent training at IOL because I went there for my adult training with the plan to go into C&A. I only applied to programs that also had child fellowships. I was attracted to the eclectic nature of the program and the wide exposure we would get to different treatment modalities, settings, and didactics."

"Strengths of the program was the experience as a junior attending in my second year. It was very helpful preparation; exposure to many different treatment settings and a variety of diagnoses. The Attendings (caring, knowledgeable, good teachers); forensics curriculum; diverse training settings; ability to create your own electives in areas of interest; resident/fellow independent for the most part; developmental focus."

"Currently I am on an “extended sabbatical in child development”, i.e. full-time mothering (but I have applied for my WA state license so we will see what the future holds. Prior to staying home I worked in private practice, weekend coverage for inpatient child and adolescent units, and as consulting physician/acting behavioral health director of a teen health center (this last position was primarily supervisory and was fantastic experience)."

"I miss the IOL. The collaborative relationship between attendings, program administrators, and trainees is unique. It creates a great learning environment where trainees feel valued and like and important part of the team, not like indentured servants. The program is family friendly, supportive, and learning experiences are of the highest caliber. Wouldn’t have wanted to train anywhere else."

Catalin ButunoiCatalin Butunoi, MD (2006 graduate)

"My choice of the C and A program was based on my belief that I'm not going to be a complete psychiatrist without understanding the human development, starting from the beginnings, the interaction of the human being with the family, environment, the influence of school and its social milieu on psychosocial development of the future adult, as well as the initial biopsychosocial contributors of the psychiatric pathology. Why IOL? Because during the general psychiatry program, Lisa Namerow presented a documentary with and about Eric Erikson, and I felt somehow "touching" the founders of the field of psychiatry, you know being closer to Mount Olympus."

"Nowadays, I am working at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Syracuse, New York, in an outpatient clinic, as a child psychiatrist... I think the training at IOL made me feel confident in my therapeutic decisions, and in my ability to defend them."

"Strength of the programs? Hmmm...yes I still love you Dr. Black! And you know why? Because, you've been the first to put the scalpel in my hand (surgical comparison of course), you made me understand my mission as a psychiatrist, made me look for the core of what the patient is about, and in what way I could help her/him."

"Thank you all for helping me to be able to practice child and adolescent psychiatry with competence! I am proud that I am an IOL graduate!"