Fellowship Highlights


Dr. Gokarakonda (third from right) receives the 2019 NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders.



Dr. Srini Gokarakonda, while a 2nd year fellow was awarded the 2019 NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders for his project entitled “IMPACT: Improving awareness and knowledge in medical students regarding opioid use disorders in adolescents.”

Dr. Musa Yilanli, our current 2nd year fellow was a recipient of AACAP’s 2019 Educational Outreach Program grant, as well as AAAP’s 2019 Resident Travel Award. He is also presenting a workshop on Technology Use in Adolescents at the 2020 APA annual conference in Philadelphia.


Dr. Musa Yilanli presents at the AAAP conference in San Diego, Calif., in 2019.

Our fellowship has been part of the 100% Club at AACAP for the past several years, noting that all of our fellows are members of AACAP.


Dr. Allison Cotton and Dr. Srini Gokarakonda SB co-authored a manuscript during their 2nd fellowship year, “Behavioral phenotype and sleep problems in SATB2-associated syndrome” which was published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology in August 2019. DOI:10.1111/dmcn.14330

Dr. Holly Hunter, our current 2nd year fellow published a case report titled “Gastrointestinal induced behavioral disturbances in children with autism spectrum disorder” in Annals of Pediatrics in December 2018.

Dr. Musa Yilanli, our current 2nd year fellow has submitted a couple of manuscripts for publication, including “Treatment with Hydroxyzine for Paradoxical Vocal Cord Dysfunction” and “DRESS in Psychiatry: Case Report and Literature Review.”

Special Contribution

Dr. Meredith Lavallais, our current 2nd year fellow was a part of a multi-specialty team of educators and clinicians assessing the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center using the national JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative) standards, and played a crucial role in writing up the final assessment report.

Annual Fellow Retreat

Our fellows got a day off all clinical and educational activities to participate in a fellows’ retreat.  This past year our fellows stayed in a cabin at Mt. Magazine state park where they spent time discussing the program, building comraderey, and participating in team-building activities.