Child & Adolescent

Subspecialty Residency Program
Laura Rosato

Message from Program Director, Laura Rosato

The goal of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program at McMaster University is to train outstanding child and adolescent psychiatrists, while encouraging and supporting their development as clinicians with interest in research, education, and academic careers. Our subspecialty program provides rich training experiences in a variety of settings including a 21-bed inpatient unit, emergency psychiatry and General Psychiatry service, and multidisciplinary outpatient program serving youth with complex needs and their families. McMaster Children’s Hospital and the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre are central areas of training, where there is opportunity to collaborate with related pediatric disciplines and further hone skills in specialized areas such as the child advocacy and assessment program or eating disorders program.

Our program offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum, during the PGY-6 year, led by enthusiastic faculty with opportunities for rich case discussion around self-directed learning goals. We further support diverse psychotherapy experiences including our family therapy clinic, in addition to caregiver focused interventions such as the family check-up program and emotion focused family therapy.

McMaster has a proud tradition of collaboration, and pursuit of excellence. One of our greatest strengths in the Child and Adolescent Division are our faculty and learners who create a sense of community, support mentorship and are invested in our residents’ learning goals.


Program Overview

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program is an active, multidisciplinary group, led by Laura Rosato, program director. Division members provide state-of-the-art training in child and adolescent psychiatry to learners at various stages of training including medical students, general psychiatry and pediatric residents, and subspecialty residents. The program is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada-accredited subspecialty residence program that provides clinical experiences in outpatient, inpatient, emergency/consultation-liaison, and psychotherapy settings. The strength of the program is based upon the active participation of a broad range of faculty members including child psychiatrists, psychologists, and other allied health professionals.

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Certification Outcome

After completion of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program and Royal College Examination, individuals will receive Royal College certification in child and adolescent psychiatry. They will also receive a certificate of completion from McMaster University’s Postgraduate Medical Education office.

Entry Requirements 

Canadian residents in their PGY-4 year must complete the PGME Application Form​, along with the following supportive documents.

  • Updated CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Letter of good standing from current residency program director
  • Three reference letters with contact information (in addition to letter of good standing)
  • Medical School Transcript

PGY-5 applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis and if funding allows. Interested PGY-5 applicants should contact the program administrator and program director directly prior to the application deadline to inquire.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is September 2022.

Postgraduate Medical Education

McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) provides an environment where learners can develop the skills to become expert physicians and leaders in health care.


Length of Training

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program at McMaster University, consistent with the Royal College requirements, is a two-year program. The intention is for residents to enter this program in PGY-5 as an overlap year with their General Psychiatry Residency Program and complete their child psychiatry training with a PGY-6 year solely in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program.

Curriculum Highlights

The Child and Adolescent Subspecialty program provides a rich and varied curriculum over the 2 years of residency.In collaboration with the psychology training program, PGY 5 residents are introduced to de-escalation and emotion coaching skills in addition to exposure to different psychotherapy modalities such as DBT and EFFT. PGY 5 residents also participate in the CAP National Seminar Series and are further engaged in wellness sessions including our mentorship program, social events with faculty such as the child psychiatry interest dinner and movie night and in a resident-led consultation and reflection group.

During the PGY 6 year, our residents collaborate with the child psychology residents on a problem based learning curriculum, facilitated by interdisciplinary faculty. Additional wellness sessions based around self-compassion, suicide postvention and transition to practice seminars are also scheduled.

The program supports residents who wish to pursue unique experiences, such as research or education, as flexibility is built into our curriculum.


Research Overview

Residents are expected to complete a scholarly project during their training and present at an appropriate venue such as:

  • Department of Psychiatry grand rounds, research day, Ron Joyce rounds

Resident will have additional exposure to continuing quality improvement and experience the application of CQI on clinical rotations, while identifying and providing an outline for a CQI initiative.

Residents meet early on with the research coordinator to identify areas of interest and subsequently identify a faculty supervisor who can offer guidance. The Offord Centre, a multi-disciplinary research institute, provides additional research opportunities for residents to better understand children’s mental health problems and work towards improving lives of children and youth.



The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program provides training at a 21-bed inpatient unit, emergency psychiatry and consultation-liaison service, and multidisciplinary outpatient program serving youth with complex needs and their families.

Additional clinical opportunities are available in specialized areas such as the eating disorder program, child advocacy and assessment program, indigenous mental health and developmental pediatrics.

Hospital Sites
  • McMaster Children’s Hospital
  • Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre

Contact Us

We invite you to learn more about the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program and the opportunities that are available at McMaster University. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Placeholder portrait image for Maria Benoit

Maria Benoit

Subspecialty Program & Clinical Fellow Coordinator

Laura Rosato

Laura Rosato

Program Director, Child Subspecialty Program

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