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Child & Adolescent Fellowship

Child & Adolescent Fellowship

No program offers the continuum of care and access to child and adolescent patients that Pine Rest does. Our physician faculty provides enthusiastic, expert and experienced supervision.

Welcome from Dr. Heide Rollings, Fellowship Director

Welcome to Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services / Michigan State University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program, a comprehensive training experience located in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our program seeks to nurture and train residents dedicated to providing intelligent, compassionate and best-in-class care to their young patients.

The two-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program allows fellows to work within a large, multidisciplinary system that includes faculty who provide enthusiastic, expert and experienced supervision for our trainees. Many have received awards for excellence in clinical care and teaching.

Fellows will master the essential skills of child and adolescent psychiatry in their training and they will be supported in developing specialized interests within the field. As a community program, our fellows will receive unique experiences with our community partners in order to receive exceptional training in subspecialties of child and adolescent psychiatry.


Child & Adolescent Services at Pine Rest

As one of the largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the country, Pine Rest has provided psychiatric services to children and adolescents for over 100 years.

Our child and adolescent programs include:

  • A dedicated inpatient unit with 36 beds
  • A brand new 26-bed adolescent and young adult flex unit
  • A partial hospitalization program for children and adolescents
  • Residential treatment
  • School consultation
  • Forensic evaluations
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Integrated Care with Primary Care Offices
  • Outpatient clinic including pharmacotherapy, individual psychotherapy and group therapy

Working Side by Side with our Community Partners

Pine Rest collaborates with several nearby medical and psychiatric providers to offer the best opportunity for cutting edge knowledge and education.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Fellows spend time at the neurodevelopmental, sleep and pediatric neurology clinics as well as provide consultations on the medical floors. Fellows will also gain experience treating young patients and medically complex youth in the outpatient setting

Wedgwood Christian Services

Fellows spend time at Wedgwood’s child and adolescent sex trafficking unit and on a residential adolescent addictions unit. Fellows also gain experience working with patients with developmental disabilities including Autism as well as sexual behavior problems.

We Are For Children

We recognize that the shortage of child psychiatry services locally and nationally is impacting our primary care system. We are partnering with our community pediatricians to provide a new consultative care rotation to address this need.


Here at the community mental health authority for the county, fellows will develop skills in emergency psychiatric assessment and treatment.

Forest View Psychiatric Hospital

Fellows will participate in the inpatient Eating Disorder Program where they will learn about acute management of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa with an expert team in a setting that addresses all ways in which eating disorders affect patients’ lives.

Northview Schools

Fellows will collaborate and consult with school team members, participate in school-based mental health programming and attend behavioral health meetings.

Juvenile Treatment and Support Court

Fellows work with justice-involved youth to connect them to appropriate services, identify psycho-social-behavioral needs, and support youth in diversionary pathways from the justice system.

Arbor Circle

Fellows will work to provide evaluation, medication management and treatment to youth referred from the local community mental health system through a community partner site. This is a continuity clinic experience. 

North Country Community Mental Health

Fellows will provide telepsychiatry to a youth rural community mental health system in one of the clinics affiliated with the North Country Community Mental Health system, operating from the Loeks Residency Center in Grand Rapids. This is a continuity clinic experience. 

Well-Rounded Training Experience

We provide fellows with diverse learning opportunities in all patient treatment environments covering the continuum of care from outpatient, partial hospitalization, inpatient and residential settings.

Fellows will also have the unique opportunity to work with children and adolescents with specialized patient needs such as developmental disabilities/Autism, addictions, eating disorders, medical comorbidities and sexual behavior problems. Fellows will review complex psychopharmacology both in practice and through didactic learning. Through a new senior seminar series, fellows will get to hear about cases from faculty that will enhance their problem based learning skills and review evidence based treatments to address their patients’ needs.

Fellows are involved in a wide range of educational activities including teaching medical students, preparing and presenting scholarly activity and sharing their knowledge through presentations, journal clubs and grand rounds.

Dedicated to Training Psychiatrists for Today and Tomorrow

Pine Rest is eager to address the extreme shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists in Western Michigan and across the country by training intelligent, empathetic and comprehensively prepared child psychiatrists who are dedicated to providing skilled and compassionate care.

Our fellows will achieve the knowledge, experience and training to prepare them to provide the highest level of psychiatric care, and most importantly, a career in which they feel fulfilled.


Heide Rollings, MD
Program Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Michigan State University

Program Description


To prepare and educate fellows to provide comprehensive, compassionate and exceptional behavioral health care for children, adolescents and their families through a fellowship program which encompasses diverse learning opportunities in a supportive learning environment.


Graduates of the program will provide equitable access to the highest quality of behavioral health care for children, adolescents and their families.

Child & Adolescent Psychatry Fellowship Overview

The fellowship is a two year ACGME accredited program providing a mix of inpatient and ambulatory training in child and adolescent psychiatry.

The fellowship delivers thorough and comprehensive training while allowing fellows to specialize in certain areas as they choose.

Multiple clinics and staff have expertise in areas of consult liaison, autism, addiction, forensics, neurodevelopmental disorders and child and adolescent sleep disorders among others. Along with multiple training sites, the fellowship provides interactive didactics, individual supervision and ample research opportunities.

Residents and medical students from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine will rotate with the fellows on various rotations. Fellows are provided the opportunity to teach medical students and residents on these rotations.

Didactic time is protected and occurs one afternoon a week in both years of fellowship. Individual supervision is provided daily on each rotation. Teaching and providing education to the fellows is the highest priority of the fellowship and takes precedence over service demands.

About Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Founded in 1964, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is a community-based medical school, providing students with comprehensive training in clinical settings that most closely parallel the environments in which most physicians practice. First and second-year students begin the program in either Grand Rapids or on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. Clinical experience is provided in six community campuses at 13 leading hospitals throughout the state. Students in the Pine Rest MSU College of Human Medicine Psychiatry Residency program can expect to be teaching College of Human Medicine students.

For more information, visit the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Web site at

Residency Suite

A resident conference, break and sleep rooms are provided in the residency suite.

Inpatient & Partial Hospitalization

Pine Rest’s two inpatient settings including a 36-bed child and adolescent unit and the 26 bed adolescent and young-adult unit as well as child and adolescent partial hospitalization programs at the Van Andel Center are available for these rotations. This will help to provide fellows with the context for the continuum of care between these services.

Consult Liaison, Pediatric Neurology & Sleep Medicine

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital will be the site for these rotations. Fellows will receive excellent exposure and experience working with medically complicated children and they will also build a solid foundation in neurology.

Adolescent Medicine Clinic

Fellows will have the opportunity to consult in a medical clinic that specializes in gender-affirming adolescent medical care.

Substance Use Disorders

The Wedgwood Christian Services Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Residential Unit is the site for this rotation. Fellows will work directly with teens focusing on treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders under guided supervision.

Outpatient Medication Management & Psychotherapy

The Loeks Psychiatry Residency Center is the site for the outpatient rotation. Fellows will work in these outpatient continuity clinics that commence the first year of fellowship and continue throughout their two year training period. Fellows will have direct supervision available by an attending psychiatrist in our state-of-the art clinic that uses video recording software. They will also receive weekly psychotherapy focused supervision in addition to didactic psychotherapy courses.

Neuropsychological Testing Including Developmental Disabilities

Fellows will rotate through the Pine Rest Psychological Consultation Center where they will observe and participate in evaluations on a variety of cases for both developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments and other mental health symptom concerns such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Fellows will directly observe and participate in both assessment and feedback sessions for patients and their families.

Crisis & Acute Psychiatric Management

Fellows will gain firsthand experience managing the acute patient needs of our community mental health system at Network 180. They will develop their skills in urgent psychiatric care management and also participate in the Children’s Crisis Response team who provides both phone and mobile services to patients in crisis.

Observation of Typically Developing Children

Fellows will be engaging in experiences that allow them to observe children in either school or play based environments. They will also partner with pediatricians from We Are For Children practices to observe well child visit appointments.

Scholarly Activity Time

Fellows will receive protected time dedicated to a scholarly activity project chosen by the fellow.

Forensic Experiences

Fellows will rotate in the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center providing treatment to youth currently incarcerated, as well as participating in the Juvenile Treatment and Support Court (JTASC) with the Kent County Court. In JTASC, fellows will have the opportunity to interface with and divert youth with behavioral health concerns from the juvenile courts to appropriate treatment services.

Ambulatory and Community

The rotations will focus on ambulatory and community settings.  As the fellow’s knowledge and confidence increases, their autonomy will as well. They will start to be provided with indirect supervision in clinic settings.

Outpatient Medication Management & Psychotherapy

Fellows will continue in their outpatient medication management and psychotherapy clinics in the second year. They will enhance their assessment, formulation and treatment skills while continuing to receive supervision in these experiences..

School & Community Consultation

Fellows will participate in school based behavioral treatment team meetings and collaborate with multidisciplinary members of the school community. Fellows participate in a consultative care rotation with local pediatric offices where they gain experience directly collaborating with pediatricians to enhance the patient care of children in our community.

Specialty Clinics

  • Fellows will participate in the Eating Disorder Program servicing inpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care at Forest View Hospital.
  • Residential treatment of patients at Wedgwood Christian Services will allow fellows to explore in-depth needs of children and teens experiencing complex mental health and behavioral concerns. Fellows will specifically treat teens with history of trauma including sexual trafficking and children with developmental disabilities as well as sexual behavior struggles in the residential programs.
  • Fellows will be able to rotate in the ECT/TMS or Neuromodulation Clinic at Pine Rest.
  • Through the Campus Clinic at Pine Rest, fellows will have the opportunity to see patients from the Spectrum Health Medical Group Adolescent Medicine Clinic, working with medically complex adolescents.
  • Integrated Care Clinic: Fellows will provide integrated care at a pediatric primary care office at a Forest Hills clinic.
  • Trauma Unit: Fellows will work on a trauma unit at Wedgwood Christian Services with youth who have experienced a history of trauma. 

More specialty treatment options are available as elective experiences as well.


Fellows will receive elective rotation time during their second year. Fellows can expand their knowledge and clinical experience in a variety of ways during elective time. We are continuing to build and expand our existing elective opportunities. Recent electives our fellows have selected to participate in include: observation and participation in an adolescent healthy life skills group therapy series as well as participating in the creation of behavior plans for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are engaging in applied behavior analysis treatment.

Scholarly Activity & Research

There is dedicated time given to each fellow for the purpose of developing and completing a scholarly activity or research project. There are many different research opportunities available to our trainees and we have a dedicated Research Steering Committee that meets regularly at Pine Rest. Fellows are expected to complete a project of their choosing during their time in the fellowship program. Trainees here at Pine Rest have presented their work at regional and national meetings.

Continuity Clinics

  • Arbor Circle: Fellows will provide evaluations and medication management to youth referred to a community partner from the local Kent County Community Mental Health Center. 
  • North Country Community Mental Health: Fellows will provide telepsychiatry to a youth rural community mental health population, while based in the Loeks Residency Center in Grand Rapids.

Forensic Experience

Fellows will continue to work with the Juvenile Treatment and Support Court (JTASC) for Kent County, identifying appropriate treatment interventions for justice-involved children and adolescents. 

A stipend is provided at each PG level in the following amount:

PGY4: $69,905
PGY5: $72,784

Benefits are as follows:

Twenty (20) PTO days are allowed each year for fellows at each level. Six (6) calendar holidays are also provided as PTO to fellows: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Pine Rest offers 20 hours of wellness time to residents in addition to PTO, to be used for personal or family wellness appointments.

Conference Time is allowed for PGY2 fellows and above, for one conference per year, up to one week or five (5) CME days.

Conference/Academic/Book Allowance is provided to fellows up to $2,500 per year.

Fellows are allowed up to 5 days administrative leave for interviewing. Approval must be obtained in advance.

Employee Assistance Program at Pine Rest offers confidential individual or family counseling, grief and substance abuse support, financial advising, and other services.

Free parking is provided on Pine Rest grounds.

Food service is available in the cafeteria and in the Resident Lounge.

Pine Rest provides a laptop and pager app (Spok mobile).

Pine Rest provides two lab coats at the beginning of the program to fellows.

Pine Rest provides Professional Liability Insurance with tail coverage.

Pine Rest provides athletic club membership discounts at the YMCA and MVP sports clubs.

See additional health, dental, vision, retirement, life insurance and other benefits here.

This is only intended to be a general overview of the current benefits programs at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services/Michigan State University Psychiatry Residency, and it is subject to change.

Updated April 2024.