Friday, July 01, 2005

Infant Psychiatry

I saw this ad today in Psychiatric News:
INFANT PSYCHIATRY FELLOWSHIP. The Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tulane University Health Sciences Center is seeking a full-time Fellow in Infant Psychiatry. This one or two year fellowship includes clinical and research experiences with the multidisciplinary Infant Mental Health group at Tulane. Completion of a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry preferred. Faculty appointment at the Instructor level is possible. Applications will be accepted until a suitable qualified candidate is found. Applicants should send letter of interest, updated CV and list references to Charles Zeanah, MD, Vice Chair and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1440 Canal Street TB52, New Orleans, LA 70112. Interested eligible applicants may obtain further information regarding this position by contacting Dr. Zeanah at 504-988-5402 or Tulane is strongly committed to policies of non-discrimination and affirmative action in student admission and in employment.
I can't imagine trying to practice psychiatry with infants. They're too young for both meds and psychotherapy, though I guess their parents could be taught behavioral interventions. I'd be interested in knowing what an infant psychiatrist actually does.


Ellen said...

It is all about attachment and responsiveness of the caretaker to infant cues. It is about teaching parents to accept their infant's uniqueness and to help them understand that a two week old infant does not INTEND to irritate them. Ellen Gurney MD, burned out pediatrician

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