A Team-based Approach
The UCSF YoSUP community is made up of youth, their caregivers and dedicated clinicians focused on addressing one of the most pressing health issues of our time.

About Us

YoSUP is a multidisciplinary teaching clinic that provides comprehensive assessment and outpatient treatment for individuals up to age 25. We are a diverse, multidisciplinary team of dedicated professionals specializing in the treatment of youth who have problematic substance use and substance use disorders. 

Our family-based program uses proven, evidence-based treatment strategies. We are committed to applying the best and most recent research and scientific understanding of youth and addiction to the treatment of our patients.  

Committed to Proven Care and Treatment   

YoSUP is a team-based clinic embedded in the UCSF Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Clinic. We are committed to the care and treatment of individuals struggling with substance use and related disorders.  

The YoSUP team includes medical trainees (medical students, residents, and fellows) supervised by attending Adolescent Medicine physicians, psychiatry trainees (residents and fellows) supervised by attending psychiatrists, psychology trainees supervised by attending psychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, a practice coordinator, and research assistants.  

All members of our clinical team participate in weekly patient care meetings and all medical providers can provide care to all YoSUP patients interchangeably.  This ensures that a medical provider is always available to patients and family members even when their primary provider is on vacation, at a medical conference, or caring for patients admitted to the hospital.  

Our Team: Defined 

Medical Trainees

  • Medical students are graduate students pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree (4 years of training).
  • Residents have earned their MD degree and are in training ​to become licensed physicians, such as pediatricians or psychiatrists (3-4 years of training). 
  • Fellows are fully licensed physicians who have ​earned an MD degree, completed their residency training​, and are completing advanced training in a ​medical sub-specialty such as Adolescent Medicine, ​Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, or Addiction Medicine ​(1-3 years of training). 

Attending Providers

Attending providers have completed all required training to practice independently in their specialty or sub-specialty and provide supervision and training to medical trainees. 

Adolescent Medicine Physician

Most Adolescent Medicine physicians are fully licensed pediatricians who have completed an additional 3 years of specialized fellowship training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and emotional issues that affect adolescents and young adults, including substance use disorders, eating disorders, sexual and reproductive health issues, and mood and anxiety disorders. ​Some Adolescent Medicine physicians are fully licensed internal medicine or family medicine physicians who have completed 2-3 years of specialized fellowship training.


A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in mental health. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems and often prescribe medications in combination with psychotherapy. Some psychiatrists also complete additional specialized training after their four years of general psychiatry training and may become certified in:

  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Forensic (legal) psychiatry
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Pain medicine
  • Psychosomatic (mind and body) medicine
  • Sleep medicine


A psychologist has the professional training and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health problems. After graduate school and supervised training, they become licensed by their states to provide comprehensive mental health evaluations and psychotherapy. Psychologists with doctoral degrees (either a PhD, PsyD, or EdD) receive an average of seven years in education and training after they receive their undergraduate degree

Nurse Practitioner 

A nurse practitioner is a licensed, autonomous clinician focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), NPs often specialize in working with specific patient populations (such as children and adolescents) or may subspecialize in areas such as Addiction Medicine. 

Social Worker  

A social worker is trained to address social injustices and barriers to their client’s overall wellbeing which involves an understanding of human development, behavior and the social, economic, and cultural institutions and interactions. Most social workers hold a Master of Social Work degree. Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) receive specialized, clinical training to diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues that impact ​a person's overall health. ​

Practice Coordinator 

A practice coordinator is responsible for managing and coordinating the daily operations of a medical practice, including scheduling appointments and assisting patients/families with necessary paperwork. 

Research Assistant 

A research assistant collects and analyzes information as part of a research study or clinical improvement project.