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department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Residency Program



Jessica Kovach, MDMaryam Namdari, DOJonathan Kersun, MD

Message from Jessica Kovach, MD, Director of Residency Training, Maryam Namdari, DO, Associate Director of Residency Training, and Jonathan Kersun, MD, Associate Director of Residency Training


Welcome to the Temple Psychiatry Residency homepage!

We are excited that you have chosen to visit us.


Here at Temple we pride ourselves on providing an outstanding education for the next generation of psychiatrists through a balanced curriculum of didactics, individual mentoring, and diverse supervised clinical experience. We conceptualize psychiatric education to be a faculty-resient partnership and feel privileged to work withour residents each day. To this end, we use a variety of feedback mechanisms to enhance training and are continually re-evaluating the program.

Our comprehensive and dynamic didactic program is tailored to the clinical experience of each residency class. While we emphasize evidence-based medicine and diagnosis, neuropsychiatry, and emerging trends in biological psychiatry, we also have a strong emphasis on learning psychodynamic psychotherapy. Unique to our program is a year-long psychoanalytic course and ongoing psychotherapy case conference. We also encourage supplementary courses with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and offer further supervision, patient care hours, and subspecialty education tracks based on resident interest.

Academic achievement is highlighted at Temple University. Through individualized mentoring and guidance, we foster an environment conducive to furthering residents’ personal academic pursuits. All of our residents have published in peer-reviewed journals, presented posters at national meetings, or presented grand rounds prior to graduating. We are proud of our graduates' accomplishments and scholarship. Many have matched to high-caliber fellowships throughout the nation. Recent graduates have completed fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Yale, University of Rochester, New York University, and Jefferson University. Others have taken academic positions, including here at Temple, chosen private practice, or gone into community psychiatry.

Central to education in psychiatry is exposure to a breadth of psychopathology and patients from a wide variety of backgrounds. Here at Temple, residents learn clinical competency, secondary to none, through well-structured and supervised clinical rotations and electives. A sampling of these rotations include a specialized psychosomatic outpatient clinic, young adult and college mental health outpatient elective rotation at Temple University Student Mental Health Center, forensic psychiatry, Child and adolescent psychiatry, emergency psychiatry in an active crisis response center with an array of psychopathology, ECT, sleep, organ transplant evaluations, and eating disorders. If we do not have an elective of interest to residents, we help them create it.

Our residents are a bright, diverse, and energetic group of professionals. We encourage residents to build bonds and friendships through socialization outside of the work environment.

We are excited that you are interested in our program and we look forward to meeting you in person!



Jessica Kovach, MD

Director, Residency Training


Maryam Namdari, DO
Associate Director, Residency Training

Jonathan Kersun, MD
Associate Director, Residency Training