Psychology Education and Training Program

Psychology Fellowship Descriptions

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: 

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:

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 contact Dr. Lefkowitz at

Clinical/Community/Schools Positions

Behavioral Health in Urban Schools/Implementation Science (Eiraldi)


Start date: August 1 or September 1, 2014

The Behavioral Health in Urban Schools Program (BHUS) conducts culturally and socially relevant applied research in schools that serve children of low income and ethnic minority backgrounds who are at risk for mental health problems and underutilization of mental health services. The primary goal of the BHUS Program is to reduce barriers to mental healthcare, with a particular focus on improving access to evidence-based behavioral health services for children and families in urban school settings.

The fellow will play a leadership role in clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The fellowship will focus on research and clinical skills related to implementation science. Projects include:

The fellow will be expected to contribute to grant writing and dissemination activities (i.e., manuscript and conference presentation preparation). Access to current and archival datasets will be provided.

The fellow will be able to accrue hours for licensure in psychology.


In addition to the requirements listed for all fellowships under the Application Process section, we request reprints from three publications.

The start date is August 1 or September 1, 2014. The position is for one year with the possibility of a second year contingent upon funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Ricardo Eiraldi at

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


The programs led by Dr. Leff aim to enhance the capacity of urban, under-resourced schools and communities to more proactively address problems related to relational (rumors, gossiping, social exclusion), physical (hitting and pushing), and cyber (using electronic means) aggression and bullying.

Contingent upon funding, a variety of post-doctoral experiences may be available related to the following initiatives:

  1. Our research team is providing their empirically supported classroom-based bullying prevention program (called PRAISE) across several elementary schools in South Philadelphia in order to decrease aggression and improve problem-solving, student-teacher relationships, educational variables, and overall classroom and school climate.
  2. The team is developing a multi-component, multi-level bullying prevention program for urban elementary schools that includes:
    • A classroom-based curriculum for students that focuses on problem-solving, sympathy and perspective taking
    • Playground and lunchroom consultation
    • Teacher training
    • Parent/community outreach

Qualitative research activities are being conducted this year to develop each program component. The 2014-2015 school year will include piloting and iterative refinement of the program, in preparation for a more systematic trial of the program in the 2015-2016 school year.

In addition to these clinical experiences, there are several exciting research (qualitative and quantitative) opportunities available.

  1. Dr. Leff and his team are working within the CHOP enterprise to train providers in various aspects of bullying and prevention/intervention strategies and to develop and disseminate resources through several novel modalities.
  2. A fellow can contribute to the analysis of quantitative data from 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).
  3. Through a new violence prevention initiative at CHOP, fellows may also have the opportunity to participate in the evaluation of other violence-prevention programs, including support for youth and families impacted by domestic violence, and services for assault-injured youth who present in the CHOP Emergency Department and Trauma Unit.
  4. 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.

For more information, please contact Dr. Leff at

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.


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

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 contact Dr. Juhi Pandey at

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 contact Ayana King Pointer at

LEND (Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders) Specialization


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. 

Neuropsychology Position

Two-year Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship (Krivitzky)


Applications due date: Friday January 10, 2014
Start date: Preferably July 1

This two-year fellowship program is designed to meet the criteria set forth by the Houston Conference Policy Statement on education and training and participates in the match process through the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). The goal is to prepare the fellow for a career as a scientist-practitioner in pediatric neuropsychology.

Rotations may include participation in:

Fellows spend approximately 60 to 70 percent of time devoted to clinical work, which consists of a combination of general outpatient services and focused clinical experiences. The fellow receives approximately two hours of individual supervision per week to support planning assessments, analyzing data and providing oral and written feedback. Approximately 10-20 percent of the fellow’s time will be dedicated to research. The fellow will be assigned a primary research mentor and will be expected to demonstrate competency for independent research after completing the fellowship.

Please see Application Process for specific requirements for applications/interviewing for the neuropsychology fellowship.

For more information/questions specific to the neuropsychology fellowship, please contact Lauren Krivitzky, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn at

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