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Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

Program Director

Yilang Tang, MD, PhD
Assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University
Addiction Psychiatrist, Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Atlanta VA Medical Center
Mental Health Science Line (116 A), Room GB 160
1670 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30033

Program Coordinator

Ms. Ayanna Webb
Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Tufts House, 3rd Floor, Ste. 302
2004 Ridgewood Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-727-2631


Annual Stipend
$70,539 (2019-20)

Welcome to the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Emory University.

The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program is a comprehensive program designed to meet the educational needs of its individual fellows. The program is ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accredited and prepares our fellows to comfortably meet the requirements for American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certification in Addiction Psychiatry.  More importantly, the fellowship prepares our fellows to become competent, successful addiction psychiatrists and leaders in the field.

Two thirds of the year are spent at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Atlanta VA Medical Center and the remainder in diverse training sites including Emory University, Grady Hospital, the Dekalb County Drug Court Program, and the internationally known treatment program, Talbott Recovery Campus.

At the Atlanta VA Medical Center, fellows see patients in the Evaluation, Stabilization and Placement (ESP) outpatient clinic, the Substance Abuse Treatment Program’s (SATP) Consultation-Liaison (C&L) Service and the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program. They learn how to screen for signs and symptoms of acute alcohol and drug withdrawal using standardized scales. They learn about supportive psychopharmacological interventions and detoxification for alcohol, opiate and other substances of abuse. They learn the criteria for outpatient detoxification versus inpatient detoxification. The fellows are supervised when initiating treatment and while following up on patients until the patients are stable enough to  enter the next phase of treatment. They coordinate referral of those patients to various rehabilitation programs including Atlanta VA-based Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) and available residential-type treatment based on the patient placement criteria set by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). By the end of the rotation, fellows will develop a full sense of independence and competence to perform substance use disorder assessments and initial treatment plans. During the ESP rotation, fellows will also spend one afternoon a week at the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program evaluating patients with dual diagnosis.

In the IOP at the Atlanta VA, the fellows work with a team of board-certified addiction psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and addiction therapists.  They learn how to work with a multidisciplinary team to deliver evidence-based treatment in groups and individual settings. They get the opportunity to monitor the progress of each patient during treatment. Our University Model-IOP offers individualized lengths of treatment to meet patients’ needs based on their progress and availability to attend treatment. Fellows can also follow up with patients in the aftercare program to experience continuity of care beyond the intensive phase. During this rotation, fellows additionally spend one afternoon a week at Emory University’s Child and Adolescent Addiction Psychiatry Service to learn about the specifics of addiction in adolescents.

At Atlanta’s Grady Hospital and Dekalb County’s Drug Court, fellows learn about treatment of substance use disorders in the community and the legal system, respectively. Additionally, at Talbot Recovery Campus, fellows have the unique opportunity to learn about private models of substance abuse treatment including treating impaired professionals like doctors, pilots and attorneys.

The fellows also receive supervision on different modalities of evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions throughout the VA- based portion of the fellowship (8 months) from clinical psychologists.

While clinical exposure is very valuable for the trainees, they are expected to learn and understand the literature on pertinent evidence-based treatments that they use during their rotations. There is protected didactic time (Wednesday morning), and the didactics including lectures, psychiatry grand grounds, chapter reviews, and journal club.   We cover most of the APP Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment in didactics and review landmark articles in our monthly Journal Club. We have an annual How-To-Teach project for scholarly activity where each fellow develops a lecture on an addiction-related topic of their choice. These lectures get presented in the fellowship program to refine the trainee’s role as a subspecialty teacher.

In the current climate in the U.S., it is more important than ever that professionals in this field learn to  fully conceptualize the disease of addiction in order to help patients and their families. We believe that understanding the dynamics of the disease of addiction makes a significant difference in the lives of our patients as they work on their recovery.

The strength of our program is directly related to our dedicated faculty. Many of our faculty are former graduates of the program which speaks to our commitment and enthusiasm for the work we do. 

I am fortunate to have the invaluable support of Dr. Jocelyn Cox, our Associate Program Director, who is a formidable clinician, educator and individual. She greatly enhances the fellows’ understanding of the clinical and professional implications of being an addiction psychiatrist through her teachings.

Please refer to the links on the top right of this page for important additional information e.g. how to apply.

Specific questions about the program may be directed to our program coordinator, Ms. Ayanna Webb at or to me at


Yilang Tang, MD, PhD
Program Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine