Art of Psychiatry

Alpacas visit OHSU Pediatric Consult Service

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at OHSU encourages fellows to incorporate the humanities into their study and practice. This means reading literature, poetry, comics, watching TV shows and films, and discussing their interests with colleagues. This also involves co-reading or watching shows/movies that captivate the young people with whom they are privileged to work. Finally, many fellows—no matter their background—pursue creative outlets (drawing their own comics and writing creative pieces).

Portland has a vibrant art scene and the CAP Fellowship engages as much as possible with the city’s creative culture. Each year trainees enjoy coursework on somatic mindfulness, graphic medicine, cinema, story-telling and improvisation. Fellows take a yearly developmental book tour at a local bookstore, (the world's largest independent bookstore). We get together for “silent reading parties".  We have a film night and enjoy time discussing the human stories told that reflect what is common among people rather than what separates us.

A few of our visiting Child Psych Humanities and Arts Lecturers include:

Domeka Parker, is an actor, educator, activist, owner & artistic Director, Deep End Theater & Sound Improv in Portland Oregon

Chell Parkins, is a dancer & educator. She is a current Doctoral Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also a former Oregonian.

Nicole J. Georges, is a writer, illustrator, podcaster & professor from Portland, Oregon. 

Drawing with youth over a virtual platform

PenCAP is a Quality Improvement project that Dr. Kim McKenna began her first year in the CAP Fellowship. This QI project offers a beneficial way to engage with youth using art as an engagement tool via telepsychiatry during the pandemic.  Dr. Kim McKenna and Dr. Craigan Usher presented their poster at ADDPRT in March 2022.

headshot drawing Dr. McKenna & Dr. Usher
Dr. Kim McKenna, Chief Fellow & Dr. Craigan Usher, Program Director

Check out our zoom drawing guidelines for step-by-step instructions on how to draw over a virtual zoom platform.

PenCAP poster presentation, Dr. Kim McKenna

Sharing Stories

Listen to Dr. Ajit Jetmalani talk about kids returning to classrooms, on OPB Radio Think Out Loud

Listen to Dr. Craigan Usher discuss how to talk to kids about difficult subjects, on OPB Radio Think Out Loud

Watch Dr. Kyle Johnson encourage parents to talk to their teens about suicide, on KPTV.

Read Director of Psychotherapy Training, Dr. Paria Zarrinnegar's perspective on Child & Adolescent Anxiety Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Treatment Manual by Sabina E Preter, Theodore Shaprio, and Barbar Milrod (Eds.)

Read NARA Rotation Director, Dr. Anandam Hilde's analysis of The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

Read CAP Fellowship graduate, Dr. Jeanette Johnson's Reimagining Charlotte’s Web as the Creative Experience of Play