About the Program

VCU’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is a two-year program that is fully accredited by the ACGME and located primarily at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC).

Our fellows receive extensive training in broad areas of mental health delivery for our patients and their families, with a significant focus in the following areas:

  • Acute inpatient hospitalization
  • Outpatient clinical treatment
  • Consultation-liaison experiences within the VCU Health System
  • Community collaborative programs

Throughout the training, our fellows engage in service delivery with patients ranging from infancy to young adulthood, spanning a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, with an emphasis on the underserved.

Our growing team of diverse and highly specialized faculty are dedicated to the education of our fellows, using a multidisciplinary approach to education. This includes on-site training programs in adjacent fields such as psychology, social work, nursing and pharmacy, among others.


Life in Richmond

We encourage our trainees to maintain a healthy, balanced life, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle. As a mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond provides stimulating activities while maintaining its intimate feel and unique vibe.

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How to Apply

We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (January match), and require that all applications be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Eligible candidates must have completed their third year (PGY-3) of a psychiatry residency prior to the fellowship start date, have passed their USMLE Step 3/COMLEX Level 3 and be able to secure a Virginia medical license. Application requirements include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical student performance evaluation
  • USMLE/COMLEX scores
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your psychiatry residency training director

For more information about our fellowship, please contact:

Sharon Scott
Educational Program Coordinator

Fellowship Director

Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, M.D.

Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, M.D.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, M.D.

Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, M.D.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry

Child & Adolescent Fellowship Program Manager - Interim
Associate Professor
Medical Director VTCC

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Current Fellows

Austin Bopp, Do

Austin Bopp, DO

Geetha Manikkara, M.D.

Lauren Nutile, MD

Lauren Nutile, MD

Nicole Parrish, MD

Nicole Parrish, MD

Sagar Patel, MD

Sagar Patel, M.D.

Yulia Strackbein, M.D.

Stacy Wayne, M.D.