Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

Dr. Tonarelli

Welcome to the Psychiatry Residency Training Program of the Department of Psychiatry at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso! We are an ACGME fully accredited training program in General Psychiatry, committed to training culturally competent outstanding physicians skilled in the diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders. Our program offers a training experience that effectively balances excellent training in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and produces graduates well-prepared for board certification with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. We are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the well-being of our trainees and have developed a robust Wellness Initiative that includes resident leadership.

Within our community-based program, our residents rotate at the major hospitals in El Paso and receive training and supervision from university and community volunteer faculty.

We are proud of our strategic location in one of the largest US/Mexico Border Regions with unique learning opportunities in collaboration with El Paso Del Norte Health Foundation and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Texas Tech and UTEP are premiere training institutions in West Texas. We have the honor to serve our only Indigenous Reservation, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo (YDSP), one of three federally recognized Native American tribes and the only Pueblo in the State of Texas. Our residents rotate at YDSP through the Department of Behavioral Health`s Sacred Connections, Mental Health Division. This combination provides residents with exposure to a wide range of psychiatric conditions and patient populations.

We have a strong didactic core curriculum emphasizing neurology, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine among other topics. Additionally, our residents participate in required scholarly projects with opportunities to participate in clinical research, to present at regional and national academic meetings, and to publish original research in peer-reviewed medical journals. El Paso is a vibrant and very friendly multi-cultural city with excellent restaurants, shopping and outdoor activities and the family environment of our department makes it an enjoyable place to work and learn. Please call (915) 215-5557 or e-mail me at if you would like to learn more about our program.