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.
Clinical Lecturer of Psychiatry
Dr. Megan Julian completed her doctoral degree in clinical and developmental psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, with postdoctoral training at the Yale Child Study Center and University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development. Dr. Julian has research and clinical expertise in the areas of early childhood mental health, parent-child relationships, and trauma. Specifically, she is interested in how early relational care affects the course of development, and how relationships can be enhanced in order to support children’s development. She also studies the psychological and biological processes that drive parenting behavior, and how parent- and child-level contextual factors facilitate or impede these processes.
Dr. Julian was a recent recipient of the Todd Ouida Clinical Scholar Award, designed to further the research of outstanding young scientists focused on improving outcomes for those suffering from childhood anxiety and depression. She will be using the award funds for a project titled, ‘Building a new research network for academic programs and clinics in the field of early childhood mental health: Collecting research data utilizing the DC:0-5 diagnostic framework‘.
“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.”
“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
“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. “
“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.”
Former Social Work trainee who rotated through the UM Perinatal Program
For those seeking coursework in this area, a file put together by MPH student, Rachel Varisco, lists Zero to Thrive relevant courses across a broad range of University of Michigan departments: