Academics & Research

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program

Current Residents

Fellowship First Year

Jeffrey Barratt, MD

Jeffrey Barratt, MD

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Medical School: George Washington School of Medicine

Why Utah? I feel fortunate to have matched at Utah for several reasons...The program itself provides balanced training in almost all aspects of psychiatry and does so with a wide variety of patient populations, so I trust I'll be ready for whatever walks in the door at the end of my training. Beyond the training, I was very impressed by the main psychiatry facilities at Utah and look forward to going to work everyday at a comfortable facility where I will interact with a kind and supportive team. Lastly, besides the psychiatry program itself, I am thrilled to be living at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains where the weather is dry, the fishing is good, the cost of living is reasonable, the french fry sauce flows freely and where I have family nearby.

Paula Griffith, MD

Paula Griffith, MD

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

Why Utah?I chose to stay in Utah for fellowship for many reasons, but the main one was the people. From the awesome residents/fellows, kind and knowledgeable attendings, to the caring and excellent staff and allied health professionals and team members, I felt that I found my tribe. I love the joy with which teams work with each other and patients, providing great patient care as well as a wonderful atmosphere to practice in. Finally, the high-quality education made the decision easy. I knew from attending medical school in Salt Lake City that I enjoy the cultural and outdoor opportunities here. All of these factors made University of Utah my number one choice.

Nicholas Phillips, MD

Nicholas Phillips, MD

Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Why Utah? My name is Nicholas Phillips and I am originally from northern Idaho. I went to medical school in the Caribbean at SGU and did my clinical years in Brooklyn, before participating in a general adult psychiatry residency at The University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida. While I loved the beach and the training program there I missed the mountainous region in which I grew up. After interviewing with the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Program here at University of Utah I immediately knew this was the perfect location for me. The faculty here have created a family-like atmosphere, the educational experience is phenomenal, the facilities are second-to-none, and the surrounding wilderness offers endless opportunities for recreation. I recently married in April of 2017 and my wife and I are very much looking forward to mountain biking this fall and skiing this winter.; all within 30-40 minutes drive from our house or the university. We have already been on multiple hikes to high mountain lakes, went on a tubing trip down the Weber River, and started to explore some of the diverse geographical landscapes Utah has to offer. Next summer I hope to go on a whitewater rafting trip and travel to Yellowstone and Arches National Parks, both of which are a short and beautiful drive away. After graduation I hope to stay in the Salt Lake City area, as my wife and I have fallen in love with the city and surrounding areas.

Fellowship Second Year

Nick Hurst, MD

Nick Hurst, MD

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

Why Utah?What attracted me to the program was the collegiality among residents and the caliber of the attending physicians. There is a palpable camaraderie and feeling of community, which enhances the learning and work environment. Plus, Salt Lake City is a hidden treasure, filled with adventure, beauty, and kindness.

Recognition/Awards

  • Recipient of the 2017-2018 SAMHSA/AACAP Virtual Fellowship, which provides supervision and mentorship to work on a project related to systems of care for youth mental health.
Rong Xiao, MD

Rong Xiao, MD

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pscychiatry

Medical School: West China College of Medicine, SichwanUniversity

Why Utah? My interest in child and adolescent psychiatry started during my general psychiatry residency in China while I was doing research, group therapy and writing book chapters for young patients suffering from anxiety disorder. Making efforts to enhance children's lives, teaching them coping skills and giving them hope and a chance to thrive gave me a great sense of fulfillment. In hopes of gaining more experience in research, advanced clinical practice and medical academics, as well as becoming a better mom, I joined the CAP fellowship at the University of Utah in July 2016. I have been enjoying this great learning experience, excellent colleagues, and interesting patients everyday!

Recognition/Awards

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) International Relations Committee Member (Oct 2016 - Sep 2018)
  • Peer-reviewed article: Xiao R, Bartel R, Brekke J. (2017). Comparison of Neurocognition and Social Cognition between Schizoaffective Disorder, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia. Social Work Research, 1-11 (Published July 5, 2017)
  • Principal Investigator, "What a Child and Adolescent C/L psychiatrist should know about Anti-NMDA encephalitis? A case report and literature review." (July 2016 - present)