Clinical Psychology Fellowship Positions

  • Fellowship opportunities

    CHOP's Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology includes a variety of unique fellowship opportunities. Check the detailed descriptions below for current positions in our four general areas of specialization.

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

  • Pediatric psychology positions

    Solid Organ Transplant (Lefkowitz)


    This fellowship provides an opportunity for advanced direct practice in providing psychological services as part of interdisciplinary solid organ transplant teams (heart, lung, kidney and liver). Psychology services provided include: 

    • Pre-transplant psychosocial assessment of children and families (all organs)
    • Inpatient intervention services for children and adolescents awaiting heart and/or lung transplant and their families
    • Consultation with the transplant medical teams around patient and parent coping and family-staff interaction
    • Follow-up of patients through the interdisciplinary outpatient clinic
    • Opportunities to provide outpatient psychotherapy are also available. Common referral issues include:
      • Adjustment to illness
      • Prolonged hospitalization
      • Grief and loss
      • Family/team communication
      • Adherence to medical regimens pre-and post-transplant

    This position is designed to have 65-70 percent clinical time commitment with the remainder of time dedicated to clinical research activities. Current research projects include:

    • Identification of pre-transplant psychosocial risk factors for poor post-transplant functioning, and
    • Transition to adult healthcare in pediatric transplant

    The position is a one- or two-year fellowship beginning July or September 1. Candidates with previous clinical and research experiences in pediatric psychology are encouraged to apply. For more information, please email Dr. Lefkowitz.

  • Clinical/Community/Schools positions

    Behavioral Health in Urban schools/Implementation Science (Eiraldi)


    School- and Community-Based Interventions for Aggression and Bullying Among Urban Youth (Leff)


    Dr. Leff and his team are offering a postdoctoral fellowship designed to provide experience conducting research within urban, under-resourced schools and communities in an effort to proactively address problems related to relational (rumors, gossiping, social exclusion), physical (hitting and pushing), and cyber (using electronic means) aggression and bullying.  The position combines a range of research experiences and clinical opportunities related to our school-based programs, and opportunities to teach and mentor interdisciplinary colleagues participating in a year-long research training program as part of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at CHOP.

    A variety of research experiences are available related to the following initiatives which are funded through a combination of federal grants, foundation funding, donations, and through our new Violence Prevention Initiative at CHOP, of which Dr. Leff is a co-director. 

    Ongoing clinical research includes the development and evaluation of CHOP’s Partner for Prevention (P4P) program that addresses youth violence through an innovative peer-bullying prevention program for vulnerable third- to fifth-grade youth in partnering Philadelphia schools. P4P utilizes a whole-school, multi-level approach to reduce student and school exposure to violence and aggression. It includes four components:

    • A classroom-based curriculum for students that focuses on problem solving, sympathy and perspective taking
    • Playground and lunchroom consultation
    • Teacher training
    • Parent/community outreach

    There are also opportunities to be involved in our newest bullying prevention program that we are implementing with 7th and 8th graders. Free2B is a brief multimedia experience that combines a 3D bullying prevention movie with interactive technology and inspiring video illustrations of coping with bullying, followed by six weeks of classroom discussions of these issues. Initial pilot studies are promising and we are evaluating our results and expanding our research and dissemination efforts.

    A fellow can also contribute to a range of qualitative and quantitative projects including working with our team on the analysis of our R01 clinical trial of a relational aggression program compared to a psycho-educational control group for urban aggressive girls. Postdoctoral fellows can examine primary hypotheses and outcomes, as well as other variables of interest within our multi-informant assessment battery (including data related to aggression, problem solving, sympathy, peer nominations, peer ratings, academic performance, etc. for aggressive girls and general third- to fifth-grade students).

    Based on current and prior projects, post-doctoral fellows would have the opportunity to learn about aggression and bullying in urban school and community-based settings, cyber-bullying, the community-based participatory research process, implementation science/quality, integrity/fidelity monitoring, and trauma-informed care. In addition, they will be able to earn clinical hours towards licensure and gain valuable teaching and mentorship skills.

    For more information, please email Dr. Leff.

  • Autism spectrum disorders positions (Miller and Blaskey)


    The Center for Autism Research (CAR) was established by CHOP and Penn to coordinate, sponsor and support state-of-the-art research into understanding the causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Studies focus on diagnosis, development, neuropsychology, genetics and neuroimaging of individuals with ASD. CAR has a large training program spanning both research and clinical mentorship. This provides a rich environment for fellows interested in pursuing a career in clinical work, research or a combination.

    The postdoctoral fellowship offers specialty experiences in ASD, diagnostic evaluations and opportunities to master assessment of individuals, age 3 months to 50 years. Assessments occur in our research clinic and in the interdisciplinary Regional Autism Center clinic at CHOP. Opportunities to participate in intervention studies, parent trainings and community presentations are also available. Participation in research development, implementation and publication is based on the fellow’s career goals, level of experience and CAR’s needs.


    • Significant experience in cognitive testing of children with a wide range of behavioral presentations
    • Experience in working with individuals with ASD
    • Exposure to diagnostic procedures is preferred
    • Knowledge of the ADOS and ADI is a plus 

    Additional training:

    In addition to the core focus on autism assessment and diagnosis, additional specialized focus is available in the following areas, depending on trainee experience and available funding:

    Infant-toddler specialization (pending available funding)

    This two-year postdoctoral fellowship is designed for individuals with a specialization in infant and toddler developmental assessment, with an emphasis on early identification of children with autism spectrum disorders.

    Fellows will work on an exciting multi-site research study following children at risk for developing autism longitudinally from 3 months through 3 years of age. Successful candidates will lead clinical evaluations, provide verbal feedback to parents, write developmental reports, and participate in supervision activities, all geared toward licensure in clinical psychology. In addition, the study utilizes methodologies such as eye tracking and MRI, in which fellows will be required to assist.

    Along with opportunities for authorship, fellows will participate actively in network-wide activities, such as regular conferences and research calls, network annual meetings, and conference presentations.

    For more information about this fellowship opportunity, please email Dr. Juhi Pandey.

    Clinician researcher specialization (pending available funding)

    This two-year postdoctoral fellowship is designed for individuals seeking a career in clinical research in ASD with a focus on translational research between basic science and intervention research.

    The fellow will receive ongoing training on mediators and moderators of response to treatment and interact with a variety of basic scientists to develop an independent line of translational research.

    Applicants are expected to submit a two-page research topic proposal focused on mediators and moderators of response to intervention in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Over the course of the fellowship, the fellow will be expected to produce two manuscripts and two conference presentations per year, and a grant application. Clinical psychology fellows will also receive supervision of clinical work for licensure.

    For more information about this fellowship opportunity, please email Ayana King Pointer.

    LEND (Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders) specialization (pending available funding)

    Fellows receive additional specialized training in interdisciplinary, community-based, and family- and culturally-sensitive programming through weekly LEND seminars and activities. Opportunities for participation in hospital-based program development initiatives designed to improve treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders may also be possible through this fellowship.

    In addition to the above specializations, fellows with a primary interest in autism diagnostic evaluation and assessment who have the appropriate background may also be able to receive specialized training in general pediatric neuropsychology. Neuropsychological training would involve evaluation of children and adolescents with developmental and acquired neurological disorders in CHOP’s Outpatient Neuropsychology Service. 

  • McMorris Autism Training Program (Collaboration Between UPenn and CHOP)


    The McMorris Autism Training Program represents collaboration between the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The purpose of the program is to train the next generation of researchers who will identify factors that affect treatment response among individuals with autism.

    This type of research will require at least two parallel efforts. First, given the heterogeneity of autism, more research is needed to understand how to best match individuals with autism to the best treatments. This matching will require better measurement of autism symptoms and their variation across individuals, developing predictive biomarkers, and applying these metrics to develop more personalized treatments. Second, more research is needed to understand the active mechanisms of existing interventions, and the most effective and precise ways to apply these active components on a large scale to improve outcome for individuals with autism. 

    The Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research has an active research program in testing the effectiveness of autism interventions in community settings, and in determining the best ways to implement evidence-based practices for individuals with autism in these settings so that they are effective and sustain over time.

    The Center for Autism Research (CAR) conducts and supports state-of-the-art research into understanding the causes and treatment of autism. Active studies focus on biomarkers, early detection, genetics, genetic syndromes associated with autism, co-occurring conditions, and focused interventions.  Methodologies include neuroimaging, genetics, animal models, brief interventions, and complex clinical characterization. CAR also supports a large training program across multiple disciplines in basic and clinical sciences that includes both research and clinical mentorship.

    The McMorris Autism Training Program is designed for scholars who will engage in translational research and study moderators of response to autism treatment. Successful fellowship candidates will have a terminal doctoral degree (PhD, MD, ScD, etc.), and a strong foundation in autism or other relevant research.  Fellows will receive mentored research training to enhance their research skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university or medical setting.  Applicants pursuing a clinical license will also accrue clinical hours and supervision.

    The McMorris Autism Training Program has approximately 20 mentors spanning many disciplines, from basic to applied research, who actively collaborate with each other, forming an excellent system for supporting the needs of fellows whose interests cross disciplines. Core mentors include Ted Abel, John Herrington, David Mandell, Robert T. SchuItz, Judith Miller, and Ben Yerys. Information about all mentors can be found on the CAR website.  In addition, we encourage applicants to identify potential mentors from other relevant disciplines.

    Scholars will work closely with a mentor to generate cross-disciplinary research questions from existing data sets and ongoing studies, and conduct independent research projects. The fellowship experience will serve to extend, refine and enhance skills necessary for professional and career development, and will enable the individual to broaden his/her scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities. Fellows will benefit from a biweekly seminar that will create a regular discussion around moderators and mediators of treatment response from across multiple disciplines. Fellows will be expected to develop skills in project planning, recording and interpretation/evaluation of data, and communication of results. Fellows will also be expected to further develop their technical, lab management, and manuscript/grant writing skills; and will present their ideas, plans and results in seminars, lectures, poster sessions and national meetings. Fellows will also supervise research assistants and provide mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students.

    How to apply

    This fellowship has different application requirement/procedures since it is a joint position between PENN and CHOP.

    1. Current CV
    2. Statement of research interests/project proposal and training goals (two to three pages)
    3. Three letters of recommendation

    All materials should be sent by email directly to Erica Reisinger, MSed.  

    Applications are strongly encouraged before January 15, 2015, but will be accepted until the position is filled.

  • Neuropsychology position

    Two-year Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship (Krivitzky)


Reviewed on March 13, 2014