Developmental Approach to Mental Illness Track

You will work closely with attending psychologists and/or psychiatrists who provide expert clinical and administrative supervision.

Core Program

Interns will complete three year-long experiences, constituting the Developmental Track’s Core Program:

Major Rotations

Three, four-month rotations are required, and at least two of these must be “major rotations.”  At least one of the rotations will be on an inpatient unit. You take part in clinical services and team activities at each rotation site.

Elective Rotations

In addition to the two major rotation experiences, you will choose one elective rotation, which is an exposure to a specialty service offered at UB or the Erie County Medical Center.

Research electives are also available, allowing you to focus your research attention on pertinent and relevant topics.

These electives offer you an opportunity to receive training outside of your standard rotations and work closely with other disciplines/agencies that deal with mental health issues.

Interns who participate are involved in the clinical and didactic elements of the elective during some portion of the afternoon and evening hours throughout the year.

Sample Schedule for Developmental Approach to Mental Illness Track


Finally, you will complete a year-long didactic program focused specifically on building a deeper understanding of the developmental underpinnings of serious mental illness. Didactic sessions are led by affiliated faculty who are experts in their field across all clinical sites.