Psychology Fellowship Training Program

  • Fellowship information

    The primary goal of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology is to help fellows develop the clinical and research skills necessary to provide care for diverse pediatric populations and to obtain a position in a pediatric healthcare setting or university-based training program.

    Fellows will participate in a variety of clinical and didactic experiences, and will have opportunities to integrate research goals into their overall plan for the fellowship. In addition, fellows may have opportunities to supervise interns, externs and practicum students and to collaborate in multidisciplinary forums (case-centered consultations, research activities). We are committed to promoting the strongest match possible between your training needs and goals, and our program mission and goals.

  • General areas of specialization

    Faculty members of the Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology offer many fellowship experiences, as funding permits. Our four general areas of specialization are:

    • Pediatric Psychology — with placements in Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Injury Prevention, Solid Organ Transplant and Sleep Medicine, as an example.
    • Clinical/Community/Schools Psychology — with placements commonly available in Management of ADHD, Community-based Youth Violence Prevention, and Behavioral Health in Urban Schools.
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders — with placements specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Pediatric Neuropsychology — with placements fulfilling INS-Division 40 and Houston Conference guidelines for training in neuropsychology.

    Although these specialized postdoctoral fellowships vary in their clinical, didactic and research opportunities, there is a community of psychology postdoctoral fellows who share some common experiences throughout their fellowship training.

    For fellowships starting in 2014: The psychology and neuropsychology fellowships offered at CHOP change from year to year. We recommend that you check back periodically, as new positions may become available in the next few months.

    Find a full list of fellowship opportunities »

  • Program requirements and components

    Completion of the Fellowship Training Program in Clinical Psychology requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised clinical and research experience. Participation on a full-time basis for at least one full year, with two years of fellowship training is strongly recommended to accrue these hours. Part-time fellowship opportunities may be arranged at the discretion of the faculty mentors with approval of the director of Fellowship Training.

    The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) requires that a psychology postdoctoral fellowship includes at least nine months of participation on a full-time basis, or its equivalent. Our program adheres to these guidelines.

    Successful completion of our Fellowship Program fulfills the PA State licensure requirements for postdoctoral hours. 

    Didactic training

    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania offer numerous seminar series to fellows throughout their training year. In addition, the division or center housing each fellowship sponsors specific clinical and research meetings. Fellows are expected to participate in didactic training for at least two hours per week. Didactics sponsored by the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science include:

    • Psychology/psychiatry seminar. This department-wide seminar series meets twice a month and is open to the entire Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, which is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Seminars are organized into training modules related to a unifying theme. Faculty, trainees and outside presenters conduct seminars that are interactive and geared toward the professional development of all attendees.
    • Grand rounds. The department-wide grand rounds series occurs monthly. Internal and external speakers cover the latest topics in psychology and psychiatry research, diagnostics and treatment.
    • Professional development seminars. This series of seminars is held once a month and cover topics related to professional development, including licensing exam requirements, developing CVs, preparing job talks, establishing research programs, career alternatives and work-life balance. Advanced fellows, faculty and outside speakers are chosen to speak based on their areas of expertise.
    • Rotation specific seminars. Many clinical rotations sponsor ongoing seminars, staff meetings, or research meetings that are required or offered to fellows in their area of specialty.

    Research

    Research is an important component of the Fellowship Training and typically involves participation in ongoing projects. Training in the conduct of clinical research in pediatric and school settings is a key element of postdoctoral training at CHOP. Research may comprise the majority of a fellow’s time, but research effort varies from fellowship to fellowship depending upon the specific offering.

    Clinical work

    Clinical work is a component of every fellowship, comprising at least 25 percent (and up to 70 percent) of fellows’ training. This allows fellows to accrue the required numbers of hours for licensure in PA over the course of two years. Clinical work may include consultation, assessment and/or intervention and is determined by the specific requirements of the fellowship offering. 

    Supervision and evaluation

    Supervision and mentorship is available through the specified faculty mentor and other additional faculty, depending on the specific fellowship. At least two hours of individual face-to-face supervision is provided per week. Along with ongoing feedback from supervisors, formal written evaluations will be completed quarterly throughout the fellowship year(s).

    Fellows will be expected to provide periodic feedback regarding training experiences as well as an evaluation of the Fellowship Training Program in Clinical Psychology at its conclusion.

    In the event of a grievance, fellows will have access to due process procedures as available in the Human Resources Procedure Manual of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

  • Application process

    Application deadlines

    Neuropsychology applicants: Applications are due by Friday, January 10, 2014. The Neuropsychology Fellowship participates in the APPCN match program conducted by National Matching Services, Inc. All neuropsychology applicants should register for the match. Information about registration can be found on the APPCN Resident Matching Program website. The application fee for the match is $150.

    All other positions: Applications will be accepted until all available positions are filled. Note: For the 2014-2015 academic years, priority will be given to applications received prior to Monday, January 27, 2014

    Applicant requirements

    • Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree from an American Psychological Association (APA)-approved clinical, counseling or school psychology program prior to starting the postdoctoral fellowship program at Children's Hospital.
    • Applicants are required to have completed an APPIC member or APA-approved internship in child-clinical, pediatric or counseling psychology. Applicants must have defended their dissertation prior to the start of the fellowship.

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

    How to apply

    To apply for a fellowship position, applicants must submit:

    • A one- to two-page cover letter describing previous professional academic preparation and work experience relevant to a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology, career interests and specific plans, and reasons for applying to the Fellowship Program. Please specify to which fellowship positions you are applying.
    • A curriculum vitae
    • Three letters of recommendations from academic or work supervisors
    • Reprints or preprints of book chapters or journal articles (please do not send a copy of your dissertation or thesis)
    • An unofficial transcript from your doctoral training program (an official transcript will be required upon acceptance of a fellowship)
    • Neuropsychology applicants: Please send two de-identified neuropsychological reports.

    One application packet is sufficient to apply for all available fellowship positions. Electronic versions of the application are required. Please send electronic materials via email to psychologytraining@email.chop.edu. Questions can be directed to this address or to the faculty mentor of the position(s) in which you are interested. Applicants should specify the fellowship position(s) to which they are applying in their cover letter.

    Some of our fellowship positions may have additional application requirements that are detailed in the descriptions of the positions.

    Fellow selection

    Neuropsychology applicants

    Interviews will be arranged after initial screening of applications. We will notify you of the status of your application via email or phone. 

    Interviews will take place at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in February 2014 (preferably on the official interview day — Tuesday, February 11). Please let us know in your cover letter if you plan to attend this meeting/interview date. If not, we will attempt to make alternate arrangements for an interview.  

    All other positions

    We will review all complete applications. Selected applicants will be invited for an onsite interview. Fellows will be notified of acceptance by telephone and subsequently by a letter from Human Resources. Please respond by submitting a written confirmation indicating acceptance of the position. Your written confirmation is required and binding. Applicants will be notified by email when the position(s) for which they applied becomes filled or otherwise unavailable.

  • Salary and other benefits

    Fellowship stipends are consistent with NIH guidelines, currently $39,294 for first-year fellows. Stipends are distributed evenly across the year in bi-weekly checks.

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides a generous benefits package, including multiple options for individual health insurance coverage that becomes available upon completion of the first 30 days of postdoctoral fellowship training. At this time, fellows may choose to purchase health insurance for a spouse or dependent(s) through one of the available group plan options. We strongly recommend that fellows continue pre-existing individual health insurance coverage through the first month of the postdoctoral training program.

    Fellows will accrue 25 PTO (paid time off) days in their PTO bank to be used as needed for vacation, personal time or illness. In addition, fellows will be allowed the following seven announced holidays:

    • New Year’s Day
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Christmas Day

    Fellows may request additional leave for participation in professional conferences, as long as coverage for clinical responsibilities is arranged. Fellows are required to have time off approved by all supervisors at least three days in advance.

    Restrictions

    Consistent with Children's Hospital policies, fellows cannot provide clinical services to the public outside of Hospital activities. All other outside professional activities must be discussed with and approved by your mentor and the director of Fellowship Training.

  • Training faculty

    Lauren Krivitzky, PhD, ABPP-CN, Director of Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training; Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Krivitzky is a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist. Clinical and research interests: neuropsychological functioning in pediatric stroke and predictors of neuropsychological outcomes in children with rare metabolic disorders. Email Dr. Krivitzky.

    Thomas J. Power, PhD, Chief Psychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Professor of School Psychology in Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Director, Center for Management of ADHD; Project Director, Clinical, Community, Schools Program. Clinical and research interests: health promotion; multi-systemic, community-based intervention; assessment and treatment of ADHD. Email Dr. Power

    Core faculty and staff

    Lamia P. Barakat, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Director of Psychosocial Services, Division of Oncology. Clinical and research interests: evidence-based assessment and intervention in pediatric psychology, sociodemographic and family factors in disease management and quality of life in pediatric oncology and sickle cell disease, patient-provider communication to enhance disease management. Email: barakat@email.chop.edu.

    Lisa Blaskey, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Regional Autism Center and Center for Autism Research Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Clinical Research interest: neurocognitive underpinnings of autism spectrum disorders, neuropsychological assessment, mechanisms of comorbidity in neurodevelopmental disorders. Email: blaskey@email.chop.edu.

    Jacqueline L. Cunningham, PhD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Clinical and research interests: neuropsychological evaluation and consultation in pediatric rehabilitation; long-term outcome from traumatic brain injury; long-term outcome following posterior fossa tumors and the history of neuropsychology. Email: cunningham@email.chop.edu.

    Ricardo B. Eiraldi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Health in Urban Schools Program. Clinical and research interests: Mental health services disparities: ADHD in girls and ethnic minority populations; diagnostic tools and strategies for diagnosing ADHD in school-age children. Email: eiraldi@email.chop.edu.

    Thomas B. Flynn, PhD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Director, Assessment and Neuropsychology Sciences, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and behavioral Sciences. Clinical and research interests: Neuropsychological functioning in children with central nervous system impairment. Specific interests in epilepsy including pre- and post-surgical evaluations; sickle cell disease; long-term outcome of children with congenital heart defects and pediatric stroke. Email: flynnt@email.chop.edu.

    Marsha Gerdes, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Psychologist and Co-director, Neonatal Follow-up Program; Director of School Readiness Specialist Initiative. Clinical research and interests: developmental assessment of at-risk infants and preschoolers, parent counseling for vulnerable children, assessment of children with developmental disabilities and other genetic syndromes and school readiness. Email: gerdes@email.chop.edu.

    Lisa Guy, PhD, Psychologist, Regional Autism Center and Center for Autism Research Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Clinical and research interests: assessment and intervention services to children and their families with a range of developmental differences, assessment of ASD, in social perception and emotional regulation in ASD. Email: guy11@email.chop.edu.

    Emily Kuschner, PhD, Psychologist, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Radiology Department and the Center for Autism Research. Clinical and research interests: diagnostic assessment and therapy (individual and social skills groups) for children and adolescents with ASD, characterization and development of new treatment approaches for food selectivity (i.e., picky eating) in children with ASD, and features of individuals with small chromosome deletions and duplications associated with ASD. Email: kuschnerE@email.chop.edu.

    Debra Lefkowitz, PsyD, Psychologist, Division of Cardiology. Clinical and research interests: family coping with pediatric chronic illness, assessment of risk/protective factors in coping, program development and evaluation. Email: lefkowitz@email.chop.edu.

    Stephen S. Leff, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Program Director Friend To Friend program; Clinical and research interests: lunchroom-and playground-based violence prevention programs; gender and social cognitive differences in aggression; social skills development in children with ADHD. Email: leff@email.chop.edu.

    Jennifer Mautone, PhD, Psychologist, Center for Management of ADHD. Clinical and research interests: family-school collaboration for children with ADHD; parent education regarding behavior management of children with ADHD; collaboration between families, schools, and the healthcare system. Email: mautone@email.chop.edu.

    Judith Miller, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Training Director, Center for Autism Research. Clinical and research interests: Diagnostic and classification issues in autism spectrum disorders, including early identification and screening, identifying subtypes, and understanding the range of clinical presentations associated with autism spectrum disorders. Email: mindell@email.chop.edu.

    Melisa Moore, PhD, CBSM, Attending Psychologist, Sleep Center. Clinical and research interests: Assessment and treatment of pediatric sleep disorders, environmental and genetic influences on sleep, sleep and psychological functioning. Email: mooremel@email.chop.edu.

    Juhi Pandey, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Regional Autism Center and Center for Autism Research Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Clinical and research interests: early identification and diagnosis of ASD, clinical phenotyping, and brain-behavior relationships that impact diagnosis and treatment outcome and plays a clinical role on a number of infant and toddler as well as school-age studies at CAR. Email: pandeyj@email.chop.edu.

    Robert Schultz, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Director, Developmental Neuroimaging Laboratory and the Center for Autism Research. Clinical and research interests: brain mechanisms in the autism spectrum disorders, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of brain anatomy and development and functional MRI (fMRI) studies of social perception and social cognition. Email: schultzrt@email.chop.edu.

    Lisa Schwartz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Psychologist, Division of Oncology, Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program. Clinical and research interests: developmental, psychosocial, and health outcomes of pediatric cancer survivors; adolescents and young adults with cancer; health behaviors, health promotion, and transition to adulthood and adult medical care for adolescents/young adults with medical conditions. Email: schwartzl@email.chop.edu.

    Nina H. Thomas, PhD, ABPP-CN, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Clinical and research interests: neuropsychological functioning in children with central nervous system impairment. Specific interests in metabolic disorders; acute lymphoblastic leukemia and physiologic management in the ICU as a moderator of outcome. Email: thomasn@email.chop.edu.

Reviewed on March 13, 2014