September 22, 2021

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program names a new director

Dr. Allison Lin has taken on the role of director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program. 

Dr. Allison Lin has embraced the opportunity to lead the U-M Addiction Center's Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program after Dr. Edward Jouney's July 2021 departure. Dr. Jouney has been accepted to the U-M Center Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship program and we wish him the best of luck with this new role.

Our Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship is a one-year, clinical training program for psychiatrists interested in obtaining practical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Successful completion of the 1-year clinical track qualifies psychiatrists to apply for subspecialty certification in addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, once they have obtained their certification in general psychiatry.

Dr. Lin has been an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the department since 2017. She has an impressive and growing record of accomplishments as an addiction psychiatry clinician, educator, and researcher in our department and the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center MH Service and Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR).

"I'm really excited about this role," said Dr. Lin. "We are one of only two addiction psychiatry programs in Michigan and there are only a few in the Midwest. To improve addiction care for patients, it's really critical to have amazing addiction clinicians, and I am looking forward to continuing to grow  our program to train the best addiction physicians."

In 2005, Dr. Lin graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Chemical Engineering from MIT, followed by her M.D. degree in 2011 from Yale University. She completed her Psychiatry Residency at the University of Michigan and served as a chief resident. She remained with Michigan Medicine for a 2-year combined clinical and research fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry before joining our faculty.  

Following the completion of her fellowship training and faculty appointment, Dr. Lin has conducted research on the university-side in addition to serving as Staff Psychiatrist and Research Scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and Center for Clinical Management Research. She has been active in teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and peers and holds leadership positions at local and national levels through the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and American Society of Addiction Medicine.  Her research has focused on identifying disparities and developing and testing new interventions and treatment models to improve access to and quality of care for patients with substance use disorders, with special attention to virtual care models. She is highly funded by both the VA and NIH, and has an extensive network of collaborators within the department, university and across the country.