Psychology Education and Training Program

Program Requirements and Components

Requirements for completing the postdoctoral fellowship

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:


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.

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