Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Kathleen Koth, DO

Assistant Professor
Training Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
kkoth@mcw.edu | (414) 266-4920


Medical College of WisconsinTraining in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry emphasizes the importance of the biologic, psychologic, and sociocultural impact of life experiences during development of the individual. The rich interplay of culture, family, educational and social experiences, interpersonal and personal assets, genetics and biological development lays the foundation and framework for the emerging person. Recognition of the neurologic impact of learning (neurochemical and structural), and of the variability of that influence in different developmental phases and cultural contexts allows for a more comprehensive understanding of psychiatric illness. Recent rapid progress in the neurosciences and decades of progress in Psychology has produced effective treatments to impact on mental illness and psychological distress when they impinge on the lives of children and adolescents. Progress in the field of adult learning, and leadership in the ACGME, have contributed to our detailed and progressive curriculum and excellent training.

Our two-year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), carefully integrates learning in clinical and didactic settings to promote exceptional training. There are four residents in each of the two years of training. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, our main teaching hospital, was again rated in the top 10 best children’s hospitals by Child Magazine. It is one of the busiest children’s hospitals in the country and treats patients from all over the Midwest and beyond. The chief editors of the two main pediatric textbooks, Nelson’s and Rudolph’s, are on the faculty at the Medical College and Children’s Hospital. There are nationally recognized programs in epileptology, hematology and oncology, gastroenterology, feeding problems, and surgical correction of congenital heart defects. This is combined with our many affiliate sites that provide a broad range of clinical experience and learning Child Fellowship Rotations.


Child Fellowship Rotations

 Year 1

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

  • Consultation-Liaison Service
  • Psychotherapy Clinic
  • Psychopharmacology Clinic

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

  • Child and Adolescent Inpatient Services (CAIS)
  • Mobile Urgent Treatment Team (MUTT)

Rogers Memorial Hospital

  • Inpatient Child and Adolescent Units
  • Day Treatment Progra
 Year 2

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

  • Psychotherapy Clinic
  • Psychopharmacology Clinic
  • Child Development Center
  • Child Protection Center
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Electives

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

  • Community Consultation (Wrap-Around Milwaukee)
  • Mobile Urgent Treatment Team (MUTT)

Carmelite Residential Treatment Center

VA Medical Center Family Programs

Marquette University Counseling Center


Child Fellowship Seminars


The first and second-year fellows join together for most seminars to allow for better program cohesion, maximize the faculty in the community and give all fellows a rich learning experience. The fellows participate in Case Conferences, Journal Club, and Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds regularly. Didactic topics include:

  • Research
  • Practice and Professionalism
  • Normal Development
  • Therapy series that includes didactics on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused, Motivational Enhancement, Solution Focused, Parent-Child Interactional therapy, and Pet Assisted Therapy.
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Substance Abuse
  • Consultation to Community and Schools
  • Eating Disorders
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Consultation Liaison
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Metabolism, Elimination, Interactions and Side Effects
  • Psychopathology
  • Adoption
  • Medical Toxicology
  • Pediatric Sleep Disorders
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues/Gender Identity Disorder.
  • Treatment Dilemmas Case Seminar

There is a series of seminars combined with the forensic fellows that include:

  • Children’s Rights
  • Family Law
  • Child Abuse/Neglect
  • Testimonial Capacity
  • Parental Competence and Termination of Parental Rights
  • Child Custody Determination

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
The Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Physical Location and Address

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Tosa Center, Third Floor
1155 N. Mayfair Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Maps & Directions

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Beverly Pernitzke, C-TAGME
Fellowship Education Coordinator I
Psychiatry Fellowship Programs
bpernitz@mcw.edu
(414) 955-7240
(414) 955-6299 – Fax

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
414-955-8296
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