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Meet the Trainees

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Jingjing Cui

PGY-5/Child Track Class of 2021

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

Medical School: University of Virginia Medical School

Academic Interests: Child Psychiatry, China Mental Health, Early Psychosis, Therapy

Hobbies: Snuggling with cats, board games, weekend trips, Chinese period dramas, sitting by the fire

Why UMass/Worcester: UMass offered unique PGY1 pediatric medicine rotations including Child Protective Services, Adolescent Medicine, Genetics, Pediatric Neurology, and Developmental Pediatrics.  I was also attracted by the opportunity to train at one of the two inpatient adolescent units at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, a psychiatric state hospital where average length of stay is around 6 months.  I wanted the chance to learn more about solution-focused brief therapy from Dr. Anne Lutz, systems of care from Dr. Peter Metz, and whatever I can from all the available faculty.  I've unexpectedly discovered a love for therapy during my training here. 

Arielle Graham

Arielle Graham

PGY-4/Class of 2022

Undergraduate: Queen’s University

Medical School: Central Michigan University

Academic Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and maternal-fetal medicine.

Hobbies: Discovering new restaurants, cooking/baking, hiking, running, reading, discovering new music, skiing

Why UMass: I feel very grateful to be a resident at a program that treats its residents with great respect, has responsive leadership, and understands the value of a balanced life. The faculty are knowledgeable, approachable and enthusiastic about working with trainees. 

Why Worcester: Worcester is definitely a hidden gem! It has several great restaurants, beautiful parks and running/walking paths, and is also close to many other fun cities for day and weekend trips. At the same time, it is also affordable! 

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Alair Newman

PGY-3/Child Track Class of 2023

Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University

Medical School: Kansas City University

Academic Interests: Child psychiatry, early onset psychosis, anxiety disorders

Hobbies: â€‹Cooking, swimming, skiing, walks in the city (especially in the Fall) and finding new areas to be by the water! I have had the pleasure of easily becoming a Boston Celtics fan while maintaining my love for all things Cleveland sports related.

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Sarah Palmer

PGY-3/Child Track Class of 2023

Undergraduate: Cornell University

Medical School: UMASS Medical School

Academic Interests: Child Psychiatry, Genetics, Care of Children in Foster Care

Hobbies: Hiking local trails, gardening at my home in Shrewsbury, playing frisbee with my beloved dog, a shepherd mix named Lobo, crafting, and binge-watching dramas on Netflix or Hulu. My husband and I moved to Worcester from Boston and quickly got used to having tons of space and plenty of nature around us. We love the community here and never looked back!

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Kate Stanton

PGY-4/Child Track Class of 2022

Undergraduate: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Medical School: UMass Medical School

Academic Interests: Wraparound, working with those who have experienced childhood trauma, working with adolescents, integrated care, community psychiatry

Hobbies: going to favorite local Worcester restaurants, weekend New England trips, local walks/casual hikes, spending time with my family and friends

Why UMass: Since I was a medical student, I knew how fortunate I was to be a part of the amazing UMass community and never wanted to leave. I also felt that we have such a unique and comprehensive child/adolescent training experience that includes exposure to integral parts of community psychiatry (such as Wraparound) that is otherwise very hard to find. 

Why Worcester: After spending over a decade in Worcester, I have fallen in love with this city and feel that it is one of the most underrated cities in New England. I am grateful for our wonderful and ever-evolving restaurant scene, beautiful parks, and friendly, diverse and down-to-earth members of the community. Being the second largest city in Massachusetts, Worcester still has so much to offer while also having some quieter/residential neighborhoods that feel more like a town. We are also in the center of the state, which means it is easy to get pretty much anywhere in New England for a fun weekend trip. Truly, I don't see myself ever getting bored of Worcester.

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Colin Whitworth

PGY-5/Child Track Class of 2021

Undergraduate: Saint Anselm College – Psychology 2006, University of New Hampshire – zoology 2011

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Academic Interests: Behavioral therapies, child psychiatry, emergency mental health

Hobbies: Photography, particularly wildlife and astrophotography.  I enjoy spending time in nature where ever and whenever possible.  I enjoy gardening and cooking as well.  I love going out to eat with friends. 

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Caitlin Wilds

PGY-5/Child Track Class of 2021

Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin

Medical School: Texas A&M University College of Medicine

Academic Interests: Treating transitional age youth, the neurobiological effects of childhood trauma, consultation psychiatry, teaching.

Hobbies: Renovating my 100-year-old house, photography, being a dog mom to two amazing pups, exploring breweries, traveling and creating travel guides that border on OCPD, collecting art, binging any version of the Bachelor and Marie Kondo.