Community Psychiatry Residency Program



On behalf of the Healthy Rural California Psychiatry Residency Program, we are excited to welcome you to our new community psychiatry residency program! Our vision is to train residents to be excellent clinicians for underserved and diverse communities in the rural region of Northern California. Residents will become effective advocates for mental health equity, lead Trauma-Informed Care, and provide high quality care in a variety of interprofessional clinical settings. We strive to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion for our faculty, residents, and patients, as well as focusing on wellness and whole person care.

The community we serve provides us with a culturally diverse patient population with a breadth of pathology, allowing residents to obtain a profound knowledge of psychiatry and evidence-based practice. Our residents will gain a strong academic background through rotations and didactics with UC Davis and the VA of Northern California in Sacramento in Year 1. After this, our residents will receive a stipend to move to Butte County where their focus on community psychiatry will begin. They will learn how to navigate the unique challenges of mental healthcare access in a healthcare shortage area through rotations with clinical sites such as: Butte County Behavioral Health, Northern Valley Indian Health, and Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health. Our residents will also be given the latitude to choose from a variety of electives, such as: Native American Mental Health, Addiction Psychiatry, Trauma Informed Care, and Cultural Psychiatry. We will provide mentorship and protected time to participate in research, quality improvement, and advocacy to improve the mental health of our region.

The support, dedication, and commitment of our faculty, residents, coordinator, Healthy Rural California, and the entire community contributes to building a successful community psychiatry residency program. We hope to attract residents that will appreciate the beauty and diversity of our community, and desire to stay in an area that would greatly benefit from additional high quality mental healthcare providers.

Thank you for your interest in our program!


Psychiatry Residency Program Mission & Aims

Leadership Team
Ted Zwerdling, MD (he/him)

Designated Institutional Official

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Rachel Mitchell, MD (she/her)

Program Director, Psychiatry Residency
GME Leadership Team

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Romy Kullar, DO (she/her)

Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency

Donovan Wong, MD (he/him)

Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency

Lina Benton (she/her)

Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Residency