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Multidisciplinary Training

The UM Department of Psychiatry and Z2T offer destination training for multiple disciplines interested in perinatal and infant and young children’s mental health.

The Perinatal and Infant and Early Childhood Psychiatry Clinics provide multidisciplinary training opportunities for medical students, Psychiatry Residents and Fellows, Psychology Trainees and Post-Doctoral Fellows, Social Work Interns and Post Graduate Fellows, and UM OB/GYN Women’s Health Fellows. UM students as well as students from other institutions have taken advantage of the opportunity to prepare to be a clinician that is able to provide women, infants, and young children with exceptional care. We provide opportunities to learn in a multidisciplinary setting among national and international leaders. We seek passionate, highly-motivated individuals across disciplines and levels who seek to have an impact on women, families, and young children.

Research training opportunities offer access to one of the world’s premier research institution’s faculty and resources. The University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry ranks in the top 15 in NIH research funding. The Zero To Thrive Faculty are committed to creating the next generation of researchers who will find bold solutions that prevent the transfer of risk from one generation to the next.

Training includes, but is not limited to:

THE LATEST IN MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

TRAUMA-INFORMED, DEVELOPMENTAL, AND RELATIONAL THERAPIES

including child parent psychotherapy, infant mental health home visiting, and relational health screening

EVIDENCE-BASED PSYCHOTHERAPIES FOR PERINATAL ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

including perinatal IPT and DBT

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FEATURED FELLOW

Jessica Riggs, Ph.D.

Child Clinical Psychology Fellow, Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry

EDUCATION

I grew up in Westland, MI and attended the University of Michigan – Dearborn for undergrad. I completed my graduate training in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Developmental Psychopathology at Eastern Michigan University. I then completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan’s Mary A. Rackham Institute at the University Center for the Child and Family in Ann Arbor.

WORK WITH ZERO TO THRIVE

I specialize in working with young children and families across the perinatal period. I am especially interested in providing trauma-informed care to very young children (ages 0-6) who have been exposed to or experienced intimate partner violence, abuse, neglect, or other early life stressors. This is in line with my research activity, which focuses on understanding risk and protective factors within parent-child relationships across the first few years of life (birth to age 6).  I love the work I get to do with Z2T. I find it meaningful and very connected to the families we serve and public policy.

ABOUT

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my partner and our dog, Sadie (full name is Sonja Tremont Morgan after my favorite “Real Housewife” – I love reality television). I also enjoy spending time with friends, and planning themed parties to celebrate life’s moments.  I love to go camping, and explore northern Michigan (and its many wineries!).

TESTIMONIALS

What Trainees Say

“I really enjoy meeting as a team, didactics, and individual supervision; this has been a great experience, both professionally and personally. Thank you for caring and checking in!” 

PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICUM STUDENT

“I have really enjoyed getting to sit with the team and hear about cases, and the didactics have been really helpful. I appreciate you welcoming me to the team and allowing me the opportunity to learn and grow in this fellowship.”

SW PGF

“I have valued seeing so many possibilities for intervention in a woman’s life. When I started this rotation, I imagined learning about medication management—and I have—but I think that I have gotten the most out of seeing how the different providers work with patients.”

MEDICAL STUDENT ELECTIVE

“I just wanted to thank you all for your willingness to have me shadow this week. I have learned so much and am so appreciative of your time. I am impressed and in awe of the programs and services available to patients. This has been a wonderful experience! Thank you.”

LMSW MC3 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONSULTANT

TESTIMONIALS

What Trainees Say

“In terms of feedback for the elective, I thought it was a fabulous elective that has value for anyone considering OBGYN, Peds, or Psych. I thought that it had a great breadth in terms of different clinics I was able to observe. I know you had mentioned that you increased the locations which meant moving clinic to clinic more, but I thought it was definitely worth it to be exposed to more diverse clinical environments. We’re pretty used to running around and showing up new places as medical students, so I thought the variety of clinics was great. From a future OBGYN perspective, I thought the Peri-natal adjustment group, Peri-Natal NP clinic, and PFF clinic were the most pertinent to the field specifically and were probably the spaces I enjoyed the most. If you can get students into PFF clinic for more afternoons, I thought Dr. Junie did a great job of giving clinical responsibility to students, which is hard to do when students are just jumping in to one afternoon. It is great learning when we’re able to see patients on our own, which I recognize is more difficult in a 2 week, specialized psychiatry rotation. Overall, I really appreciated how friendly and inclusive everyone was as well, especially those not used to having medical students. I wrote this feedback in my official elective feedback as well. Thank you so much for helping to coordinate all this. It was really a wonderful expereince, and I knowyou put a lot of work into making my schedule work. “

SARAH SMITH

Medical Student

TESTIMONIALS

What Trainees Say

“I recently started a new role in September: Embedded Therapist and Prenatal Counselor (Early Start) in the OBGYN clinic at Kaiser Permanente. In this role, I provide short-term therapy treatment for patients who are experiencing mood symptoms (either prenatal depression, postpartum depression/anxiety, sexual dysfunction, menopause adjustments, IPV/DV, and more). In addition, as a Prenatal Counselor through Early Start, I meet with patients who are currently pregnant and perform SUD assessments and provide on-going treatment to ensure a pregnancy without alcohol and other drugs.  Last year, I took a Post-Masters Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente. Please take my word that  there is no SW/therapy training opportunity like Michigan Medicine. Even my interviewer’s at Stanford University were astonished to hear about my extensive learning during school!  I had the humbling opportunity to speak for the SSW San Francisco’s Networking Trip and met a student at the time. He had just joined Kaiser’s Fellowship program at my same site! If there is anything I can do to support SW interns looking for job opportunities, please let me know. I hope to be apart of the process for other individuals. As I look back on my therapy training, I have so much gratitude in being apart of the UMich SSW program and especially as a Michigan Medicine Psychiatry internship. Being apart of the postpartum team really shaped my approach as a therapist and provider. Thank you for everything.”

MICHELLE VO

Former Social Work trainee who rotated through the UM Perinatal Program