Leslie Tarver

Now entering my PGY-4 year, I continue be amazed and extremely grateful for the extraordinary opportunities in the MGH/Mclean Program. I was initially drawn to the incredibly dynamic and stimulating yet supportive community of residents and faculty, which now feels like family. It’s hard to contain my excitement for PGY-4 year with the flexibility to custom build your own experience. This has allowed opportunities to further develop my psychotherapy skills with an array of psychodynamic seminars and conferences, jump fully into my research interest in leveraging innovative technologies to expand access to mental health care, and hone other skills in utilizing media for mental health awareness through the Clay Center.

As a PGY4 in the MGH outpatient clinic, we transition to more independently managing our panel of psychopharm and psychotherapy patients with the oversight of some of the leading experts in the field. I feel ready and excited to take on this new role and thrilled to even have the opportunity for one-on-one supervision with the Chair of the department. In addition I am looking forward to gaining a unique clinical experience off-site by working with students at Harvard health services in conjunction with my research interests.

As a member of the Research Concentration Program (RCP), PGY4 year provides the opportunity to dedicate a substantial focus to research and I am very excited to build on my research interests in global mental health and exploring the use of new internet-based technologies such as iCBT and mobile apps to delivery care. At the end of my PGY-2 year I had the opportunity to work with a group of global mental health researchers on developing a policy platform for expanding access to mental health in the developing world and to present our findings at the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. We have worked to further this agenda through other research grants and publications. My focus for the coming year will be to conduct a study to evaluate the use of a mobile mental health app to enhance treatment for college students at HUHS.

Coming into my final year of residency I continue to be awed at the opportunities and experiences at our fingertips from collaborations with faculty on book chapters, co-leading teaching seminars to the psychodynamic psychotherapy dinners at faculty members’ homes! I also never miss the fascinating line-up of speakers at the monthly global psychiatry dinners or the Partners-wide behavioral health meetings. These experiences have been an unbelievable launching pad as I look forward to a career in research and further work in child psychiatry.

Having done undergrad at Harvard, being in Boston for residency has been like coming home! It’s been wonderful to re-connect with old friends and bond with my co-residents while exploring the incredible cultural and musical scene in Boston. Add to that runs along the Charles River and exploring the amazing parks with my husband and 3-year old – we could not be happier in our community in Cambridge!


George Washington University, M.D., 2014
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, M.S.P.H., 2014; Harvard University, B.A., 2005