Interdisciplinary Fellowship Training

Our division is home to an Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program that brings together a cadre of fellows who lend their disciplinary perspective to the intensive shared fellowship experience. Several funding sources support the program and also provide a range of fellowship focus options. 

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Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child & Adolescent Primary Care

Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child & Adolescent Primary Care

We are currently accepting applications.

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The overall purpose of our interdisciplinary research training program in child and adolescent primary care is to equip health care professionals with the capacity to conduct primary care research that advances evidence-based practices and policies for creating health equity and improving life trajectory for young people.

This fellowship prepares scholars committed to a career in primary care research with skills for conducting determinant, intervention, and health services research focused on current and emerging health and health care issues of children and adolescents. The interdisciplinary training program brings together trainees and faculty from diverse disciplines including Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Psychology, Nutrition, Social Work, and Education.

Curriculum: The fellowship is two to three years, with a curriculum that integrates educational offerings through the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing with weekly seminars based within the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. The curriculum incorporates general pediatrics knowledge areas, research, advocacy, academic leadership skills, and development of a focal area of expertise. Trainees without an MPH or similar degree have the option of completing MPH degrees, choosing from several areas of concentration, including Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, Community Health Education, and Public Health Administration and Policy.

Trainees work with identified mentors on primary care research projects in areas of their interest. Areas of expertise developed by past trainees include identification and management of psychosocial problems in primary care, reducing health disparities among vulnerable youth and under-resourced populations, prevention of adolescent risk behaviors, including violence involvement, bullying, substance abuse, and unsafe sexual activity, overweight prevention and management, primary care for children with special health care needs, health care for incarcerated youth, and foster care health.

The Primary Care Fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics is grounded in Divisions with an extensive research and publication record as well as over 35 years of experience in post-graduate fellowship training.

If you would like more information about the fellowship or are interested in applying, please contact the Fellowship Director:

Iris Borowsky, MD, PhD
Professor and Director
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
717 Delaware Street SE, Suite 353
Minneapolis, MN 55414-2959
Phone: (612) 626-2398 
Fax: (612) 626-2134
Email: borow004@umn.edu  

Interdisciplinary Fellowship Training Manager
Judith A. Kahn, M.S.W.
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Department of Pediatrics
717 Delaware Street SE, 3rd Floor
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-626-1835
E-mail: jkahn@umn.edu

Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Coordinator
Emily Danich
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Department of Pediatrics
717 Delaware Street SE, #353
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (612) 625-2272
Fax: (612) 626-2134
Email: edanich@umn.edu

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

Program Director
Andrew J. Barnes, MD, MPH
drbarnes@umn.edu

Program Coordinator
Emily Danich
edanich@umn.edu
Phone: (612) 625-2272
Fax: (612) 626-2134
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
717 Delaware Street SE, #353
Minneapolis, MN 55414-2959

Fellowship Quick Facts

Accredited/Nonaccredited: Accredited by ACGME

# of fellow slots each year: 1

Typical academic year start date: July 1st

Funding: Affilate site funding; Divisional support; Departmental support; Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Strengths of program:

  • Longevity and innovation — One of the longest-running DBP fellowship programs in the US
  • Comprehensive — Practical — Deep and Broad
  • Strong community integration
  • Outstanding interprofessional leadership, research, and career development opportunities with LEND and LEAH programs

General Schedule:

  • Clinical vs. Research – DBP clinics and consults 40%; Elective clinics 10%; Research 40%; Didactics 10%
  • Call responsibilities - None

Types of research fellows could pursue: Ongoing, active areas of research include:

  • Risk and protective factors as they relate to child and adolescent development and behavior
  • Translational research on stress, resilience, and self-regulation in children
  • Clinical research on pediatric behavioral disorders, autism spectrum, and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Community-based research among children and youth who have experienced severe adversity
  • Lab opportunities include developmental studies that incorporate fMRI, ERP, executive function, attachment and parent-child interactions, body composition and nutritional status, and/or biomarkers of HPA activity, immune-inflammatory response, electrophysiology, and gene-environment interactions
  • Educational and Curricular research in DBP, primary care, and child social-emotional health
  • Policy and advocacy work with ASD, neurodevelopmental disabilities, early childhood, bullying, etc.

Career Path:

Where do your fellows go after fellowship?  Academic DBP 60%; Private/group clinical DBP practice 40%

Do you know of fellowship programs in your specialty that address Med-Peds graduates? Our fellowship program accepts Med-Peds graduates, and we have active clinical, teaching, and research programs that would be of special interest to Med-Peds graduates, e.g. transition to adulthood for youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and/or chronic medical conditions.

Dual Degree:

Does your program fund a Master’s Program? Funding in whole or in part for degree-seeking coursework can be arranged on a case-by-case basis (possibilities include public health, child psychology, social work, bioethics, health informatics, prevention science)

Please Note:

  • Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited residency program by the fellowship start date. 
  • We accept only applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders), or those who have a J-1 Visa.

Additional Information: Please feel free to contact our Program Coordinator, Emily Danich, edanich@umn.edu. We are happy to furnish names and contact info  of our faculty, former or current fellows, or community members for you to discuss the any aspect of the program further.

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Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Programs (LEAH)

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Programs (LEAH)

We are currently accepting applications.

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Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Programs are unique. They provide interdisciplinary leadership training, faculty development, continuing education, scholarship, technical assistance and collaboration with MCH programs, Title V Programs in state departments of public health, State Adolescent Health Coordinators, policymakers and professional organizations concerned with the health of adolescents. Leadership training produces the manpower for the next generation of leaders who will influence and train clinicians, public policy and public health experts, investigators and educators. All of these individuals will move the field forward by improving clinical services, program development and research/evaluation.

Our Training
The UMN LEAH program has been continuously funded since 1978 and is one of seven LEAH programs across the nation. Our program provides interdisciplinary leadership training in adolescent health for pre- and post-doctoral fellows from diverse disciplines including: medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, public health, and social work, among others. Our multidisciplinary faculty come bring diverse expertise and experience to the training of emerging leaders in adolescent health.

Key components of our LEAH training program include:

    • Weekly friday afternoon seminars which cover a range of child/adolescent health topics, and build skills for: leadership, research, public speaking, legislative advocacy, working with communities, and translating research into practice.
    • A research project conducted in concert with a faculty mentor; 
    • Leadership- and community engagement experiences; and 
    • Opportunities to participate in other specialized training and professional development


Fellows receive a stipend (based on their level of training) as well as support for conference travel.

LEAH Program Director:
Renée Sieving, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM
Professor, School of Nursing & Department of Pediatrics
Pauline A. Vincent Chair in Public Health Nursing
Phone: 612-626-4527
Email: sievi001@umn.edu

For more information please contact:

Interdisciplinary Fellowship Training Manager
Judith A. Kahn, M.S.W.
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Department of Pediatrics
717 Delaware Street SE, 3rd Floor
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-626-1835
E-mail: jkahn@umn.edu

Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Emily Danich
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Department of Pediatrics
717 Delaware Street SE, #353
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (612) 625-2272
Fax: (612) 626-2134
Email: edanich@umn.edu

Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center Program Fellowship

Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center Program Fellowship

The Division is home to the CDC-funded Healthy Youth Development*Prevention Research Center (HYD*PRC), one of the premier sites in the country for adolescent health research. At the HYD*PRC researchers are learning about the best practices for providing adolescents with the necessary skills and opportunities to live healthy and meaningful lives. Trainees across fellowship training programs in have opportunities to work with HYD*PRC faculty and staff on adolescent health research and training.

Interdisciplinary Fellowship Training Manager
Judith A. Kahn, M.S.W.
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Department of Pediatrics
717 Delaware Street SE, 3rd Floor
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-626-1835
E-mail: jkahn@umn.edu