The Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Zero to Thrive offer destination training for multiple disciplines interested in perinatal and infant and young children's mental health.

Multidisciplinary Training

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.

Training includes, but is not limited to:


Assessment of developmental, anxiety, and mood disorders in early childhood and within the perinatal period


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


including IPT, DBT, CBT, EMDR, Perinatal CPP and Strong Roots Interventions

Observation & Learning Opportunities

The Zero to Thrive Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Clinic is a multidisciplinary, specialty team within Michigan Medicine Ambulatory Psychiatry that provides a range of clinical services for birthing parents with mood and related disorders (anxiety, trauma, depression, adjustment, hormone/reproductive concerns) around the time of childbearing. The team provides both consultation and time-limited continuing care to support the birthing parent, the infant-parent dyad as well as the family unit. Our team consists of psychologists, social workers, physician's assistants, psychiatrists, a perinatal case manager and clinic manager, interns and practicum students in psychology, social work as well as medical students. In addition to diagnostic assessment, we provide

individual therapy, group therapy, psychopharmacology, resource connection and coordination as well as relational health visits. Our relational health

visits offer the birthing parent an opportunity to see their strengths, notice their infant’s cues and development, express concerns/fears and to celebrate the

unique relationship that is growing. Our clinic runs on Tuesday morning 8-12pm and afternoon 1-5pm with an opportunity for learning in a virtual

platform as well as the individually arranged opportunity for in person learning.


The Zero to Thrive Infant and Early Childhood Clinic team members are national experts in early childhood mental health and represent a range of disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, and social work. Using evidence-based strategies for evaluating child behavior and development, as well as family strengths and challenges, the team provides families with support and resources to strengthen parenting and address children’s needs. In addition to a diagnostic assessment of the child, the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic provides parents with individually tailored support and guidance.


Multidisciplinary Training & Observation Request Form

APA-Accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Zero to Thrive Early Childhood Focus

Michigan Medicine and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) have collaborated to create a Network of training programs, consisting of two dual-site programs and two single-site programs. The two dual-site programs are in Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, and the single-site programs are in Clinical Child Psychology and in Mental Health Treatment and Research (at SMITREC). The Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Child Psychology programs are both additionally accredited as specialty practice areas


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!” 


“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.”


“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.”



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. “


Medical Student


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."


Former Social Work trainee who rotated through the UM Perinatal Program

Relevant Courses at UM

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: