Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Alberta offers a Royal College-accredited Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty (CAPS) Residency Program. Our CAPS Program is designed to be 24 months long. Applicants must either be enrolled in a Royal College-accredited Psychiatry Program and be on track to be certified by the Royal College by the end of their PGY5 year, or they must have already obtained Royal College Certification in Psychiatry before starting the CAPS Program.

Our CAPS Program is committed to working collaboratively with CAPS residents and their Psychiatry Program Director during any potentially overlapping training time.

We are a close-knit program that offers three positions per year. We provide a wealth of excellent learning opportunities for becoming clinical and academic child and adolescent psychiatrists, and we work with each resident individually to support them in identifying and preparing for specific career interests within the field.

Our rotations are designed to help you achieve your Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). This starts with a Transition to Discipline rotation that links in to the start of your Foundations rotation set in the Emergency Department and Urgent Clinic of the Stollery Children’s Hospital and a community clinic. You will have close staff supervision as you get to know the program. There are a variety of clinics and day hospital programs to choose from to complete the Foundations stage, both through Alberta Health Services and CASA Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health.

Core stage includes rotations in:
  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (at the Stollery)
  • Eating Disorders (University of Alberta Hospital)
  • Forensics (Alberta Hospital Edmonton)
  • Infant-Preschool Psychiatry (ElmTree Clinic)
  • a Rural setting (rotation in Yukon or rural Alberta or through a longitudinal suburban clinic rotation)
  • Residential Inpatients (CASA House)
  • Acute Care Inpatients (Royal Alexandra Hospital)

Additional longitudinal experiences including family therapy, individual psychotherapy, a scholarly project & graduated exposure to on-call experiences are part of rounding out your clinical experience and complement the exposures you get on your horizontal rotations.

The end of training is devoted to your Transition to Practice and includes time for electives designed to allow you to consolidate the skills you have gained in managing a clinical service, teaching and preparing for lifelong learning.

Our formal academic curriculum includes seminar series in family therapy, individual psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, developmental psychopathology, normal development and our newly launched WIDER LENS curriculum (Wellness; Integration of Work & Life; Difficult Discussions & Dispute Resolution; Equity, Diversity, Inclusion; antiRacism; Leadership; Ethics; New starts & transition to practice; Systems & organizations).  In addition to scheduled academic days, residents also have protected time to attend local Grand Rounds & the National Seminar Series.

Please see the “Application” button in this webpage for documents related to application.

Should you have any questions about our program or would like to connect prior to application, please contact Dr. Lindy VanRiper, Program Director, or Meagan Strachan, Program Administrator.

Program Administrator
Ariane Bakhtiar

Program Director

Dr. Lindy VanRiper
Application Child & Adolescent Undergraduate Psychiatry Electives
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division Members
Dr. Ali Mirzaian
Dr. Alice Leung
Dr. Andrea Yu
Dr. Andrew Bremness
Dr. Bernice Prinsloo
Dr. Bev Stich
Dr. Bina Nair
Dr. Brandene Lorrain
Dr. Cameron Morhaliek
Dr. Carmen Peti
Dr. Carole Anne Hapchyn
Dr. Douglas Ginter
Dr. Erin Stolte
Dr. Erin Will
Dr. Gary Hnatko
Dr. Gloria Lee
Dr. Heidi Wilkes
Dr. Judy Ustina
Dr. Kim Dary
Dr. Lindsay Riopka-Manrique
Dr. Lindy VanRiper
Dr. Mahnoor Sultana
Dr. Michael Levinsky
Dr. Mitch Parsons
Dr. Mohammad Al-Ghamdi
Dr. Nadeem Dada A.
Dr. Nkechi Abayomi
Dr. Paul Soper
Dr. Randy Zbuk
Dr. Rena LaFrance
Dr. Richard Rabeeh
Dr. Robert Drebit
Dr. Sampann Gautam
Dr. Sasha Hodlevskyy
Dr. Shirley Dobrofsky