Psychiatry Residency

Welcome UK Department of Psychiatry


On behalf of the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry, we would like to thank you for your interest in our department. The goal of our department is to train psychiatrists who are able to practice in any clinical setting after graduation. Located in the horse capital of the world, Lexington is a vibrant city that provides an excellent backdrop for residents to live.

Our department has a strong commitment to education, diverse training facilities and comprehensive training. The residency program emphasizes the core competency areas of professionalism, medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Didactics are presented by enthusiastic faculty, many of whom have won teaching awards. Psychotherapy training begins in the PGY-2 year. The program offers a wide variety of training sites including an academic healthcare complex, VA Hospital, state psychiatric hospital, community mental health training sites and the UK Student Health Service to name only a few. Additionally, we assist our residents in becoming effective teachers of the healthcare professional students with whom they will work throughout their training.

Our chairman, Lon R. Hays, MD, is a former residency training director with a strong commitment to both research and education. Sandy Batsel-Thomas, MD, is the Adult Residency Training Director who trained in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She has years of experience working with medical students and psychiatry residents. Emilee Bailey-Offill, DO, serving as the Associate Residency Training Director and a program graduate. She has clinical interests in student health, addiction, and psych/oncology. Steve Johnson, PHD, LCSW, serves as the Vice Chair of Education. He has many years of clinical and education experience and has a vital role in didactic and psychotherapy education.

We encourage our residents to become active within our department and UK Healthcare by serving on committees. The collegial spirit between faculty and residents is something in which we take great pride. Our graduates practice across the U.S. in every type of practice setting imaginable and have told us that they were well prepared for their careers. The department offers fellowships in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. In 2016, we started a Clinical Scholars Track within the Adult Psychiatry program that provides protected research time and extra research mentorship for qualified residents with a strong interest in clinical research and academic psychiatry.

Lexington has something to offer everyone from its dynamic arts and cultural community to the excitement of watching UK basketball games at Rupp Arena. For those who enjoy the outdoors, you can enjoy a run or bike ride along the Legacy Trail or venture just a short bit outside the city to world class rock climbing.

We are proud to be part of a department training psychiatrists for future practice, and we look forward to showing you what residency training at the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry can do for you.

Sandy Batsel-Thomas, MD                           Emilee Bailey-Offill, DO
Residency Program Director                        Associate Residency Program Director