Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Thinking about UVA for training?


The Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Virginia is a two-year program, consisting of a longitudinal outpatient experience in a private practice model clinic and inpatient experience at the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents (CCCA) or at Centra Health, as well as  inpatient and emergency consultation at the UVA Medical Center.  There are weekly protected didactics and in-clinic faculty case supervision.

To apply for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship send us:

  • The universal application form: (get it here NRMP Universal Application)
  • Three letters of reference, one from your training director
  • Copies of your medical school transcripts and Dean’s letter
  • Copies of your USMLE or COMLEX steps 1-3.
  • Personal statement

Jim Tucker, M.D.
Program Director

PO Box 801076
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Current Fellows

Cordrey, Evan, MD
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
College: Creighton University
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Interests: Transition of Childhood ADHD to Adult ADHD, psychotherapies for adolescents

Odom, Ali, MD
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia
College: University of Mary Washington, BA; University of Cincinnati, post-bac
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Interests: Adolescent Medicine

Past Fellows

Choo Chong, Kayla, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
College: Queen’s University
Medical School: Trinity College Dublin
Interests: genetics, developmental peds/psychiatry

Thomas Ball, M.D.
Hometown: Williamsburg, Virginia
College: The College of William & Mary
Medical School: University of Virginia
Interests: Partnering with children and families facing challenges to grow through adversity

Julie Baldinger, D.O.
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
College: University of Virginia
Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)
Interests: Enjoying my pup (Jackson), Exploring anything outdoors, Animal Rescue, Baking, and Home Interior Design

Michael Chon, M.D.
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FLorida
College: University of Florida
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency: Larkin Community Hospital
Interests: Traveling, trying new foods, reading, playing video games

Zev Zingher, M.D.
Hometown: Mountain View, California
Medical School: Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa Israel
Residency:Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapies; Helping children in high stress environments; Tennis

Berkay Kalinaga, M.D.
Medical School:

Colleen Leitner, M.D.
Hometown: Great Falls, Virginia
College: Duke University
Medical School: University of Michigan
Interests: Intellectual/developmental disabilities, medical education

Devender Kumar, MBBS
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College
Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Interests: Autism, ADHD, anxiety, aggression in children

Komal Singh, M.D.
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
College: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Medical School: Avalon University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Child Psychiatry

Ashwini Sakinala, M.D.
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
College: Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia Medical school – Katuri Medical College
Professional Interests: Photography

Angela Diggs, M.D., MPH
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
College: University of Miami/ University of South Florida (MPH)
Medical School: St. George’s University
Interests: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Trauma, Community Mental Health, Advocacy

Tina Thakrar, M.D., Chief Fellow
Hometown: Albany, New York
College: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Interests: Child and adolescent Psychiatry, ADHD, Substance use disorders, Telepsychiatry

Prital Desai, M.B.B.S.
Hometown: Gujarat, India
Medical school: B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India)
Interests: Patients with trauma history, Animal assisted therapy, Preventive health.

Toral Desai, M.B.B.S.

Meghan Gaare, M.D.
Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia
College: Stanford University / Harvard University School of Public Health (MPH)
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Residency: Johns Hopkins Medical Center
Fellowship: Eating Disorders, University of Maryland and the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt
Interests: Eating disorders, Quality, Community mental health

Michael Heck, D.O.
Hometown:  Charlottesville, Virginia
College: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton, Florida)
Interests: ADHD, Internet gaming disorder, Autism spectrum disorder, Childhood-onset depression and anxiety Disorders, Mental health advocacy

Robert Johnston, M.D.
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
College: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Interests: Impact of psychological trauma on development, Protective factors and resiliency, Identity development

Amanjot Kaur, M.B.B.S.

Matthew McEachern, M.D.
Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana
College: Louisiana Tech University
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry