Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology

Overview and mission

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric neuropsychology for the 2018 – 2020 training years (start date mid-July 2018).

This unique, two-year fellowship is designed for those interested in a career as a scientist/practitioner in pediatric neuropsychology. It meets 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 mission of our neuropsychology training program is to educate future neuropsychologists at all levels of training, including externship, internship and fellowship-level trainees. DCAPBS sponsors a child clinical predoctoral psychology internship that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and that offers specialized tracks in pediatric neuropsychology, pediatric psychology, integrated healthcare, school and community psychology, and autism spectrum disorders. The department also houses a number of postdoctoral psychology fellowships focused on both clinical training and research.

Faculty

Fellowship training program directors

Thomas Flynn, PhD, ABPP-Cn
Dr. Flynn is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and the Director of Neuropsychology and Assessment Program at CHOP. His clinical and research interests include epilepsy and outcomes of children with congenital heart defects.

Lauren Krivitzky, PhD, ABPP-Cn
Dr. Krivitzky is a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist and the Director of training for the psychology fellowship and externship programs at CHOP. Her clinical and research interests include neuropsychological functioning in pediatric stroke and predictors of neuropsychological outcomes in children with rare metabolic disorders.

Additional faculty

Katherine Baum, PhD
Dr. Baum, a pediatric neuropsychologist, is part of CHOP’s Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation and Day Hospital Rehabilitation programs, which serve patients in acute stages of recovery. Her recent clinical and research interests have been in defining and developing various models of
neuropsychological care for complex medical populations.

Lisa Blaskey, PhD
Dr. Blaskey is a clinical neuropsychologist at CHOP’s Center for Autism Research. Her clinical and research interests include the neurocognitive underpinnings of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neuropsychological assessment and mechanisms of comorbidity
in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Lyla El-Messidi Hampton, PhD
Dr. Hampton is a pediatric neuropsychologist in CHOP’s Cardiac Kids Developmental Follow-up Program. Her clinical and research interests include neuropsychological outcomes in children treated for congenital heart defects and genetic disorders.

Sarah Murphy-Bowman, PsyD
Dr. Murphy, a pediatric neuropsychologist, came to CHOP to complete her postdoctoral fellowship and transitioned to staff in 2014. She has a special interest in concussion and factors of recovery in brain injury.

Iris Paltin, PhD
Dr. Paltin, a pediatric neuropsychologist, is a member of the multidisciplinary Cancer Center with primary responsibilities in the neuro-oncology, proton radiation and survivorship programs. Her research interests include neuropsychological and sociale-motional functioning of pediatric brain tumor survivors, cognitive interventions to improve quality of life, and improving neuropsychology service delivery.

Juhi Pandey, PhD
Dr. Pandey is a pediatric neuropsychologist and scientist at the Center for Autism Research (CAR). She has a special interest in the early identification and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, clinical phenotyping and brain-behavior relationships that impact diagnosis and treatment outcome.

Hannah-Lise Schofield, PhD, ABPP-Cn
Dr. Schofield, a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, is primarily affiliated with CHOP’s Cancer Center and conducts evaluations with children and adolescents during various stages of treatment and remission. She is also interested in the cognitive profiles of youth with complex medical issues such as epilepsy, spina bifida and congenital heart disease.

Jane Schreiber, PhD
Dr. Schreiber, a pediatric neuropsychologist embedded in the Division of Pediatric General, Fetal and Thoracic Surgery, provides neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological follow-up for patients who have undergone early surgical procedures and subsequent medical treatment. Her research interests are in long-term neuropsychological outcomes.

Arianna K. Stefanatos, PhD
Dr. Stefanatos is a pediatric neuropsychologist within the Metabolic Disease Program. Her research interests involve examining predictors of neurocognitive, socio-emotional and behavioral functioning within at-risk populations over time.

Nina H. Thomas, PhD, ABPP-Cn
Dr. Thomas is a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist in the Behavioral
Neuroscience Core of CHOP’s Clinical and Translational Research Center. Her research interests include neuropsychological effects of hematology and oncology conditions/treatments, neuropsychological functioning in metabolic diseases, and physiologic management of head injury in the ICU.

About the fellowship

The postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology has three key components:

  1. Clinical experience (65 percent)
  2. Supervision/didactic experience (20 percent)
  3. Research experience (15 percent)

Clinical experience

The fellow will spend approximately 60 to 70 percent of time devoted to clinical work with the remaining time split between supervision/didactic experiences and research.

The clinical work consists of a combination of general outpatient services and focused clinical experiences. The following is a list of potential clinical experiences the fellow will encounter over the course of two years.

  • General outpatient service: Throughout the two years, the fellow will spend a portion of clinical time providing consultation and neuropsychological evaluation to general outpatients referred by general neurology, hematology/oncology, rehabilitation medicine, cardiology, metabolism/genetics, plastic surgery, developmental pediatrics and other medical subspecialties.
  • Pediatric Epilepsy Program: The epilepsy rotation offers the opportunity to participate in the multidisciplinary Epilepsy Team Conference, which involves providers from neurology, neuroradiology and neurosurgery in evaluation and consultation activities for children and adolescents diagnosed with epilepsy. The fellow will follow surgery candidates through baseline assessment, possible magnetoencephalography (MEG)/Wada evaluation of language and memory function, cortical mapping, and/or functional imaging, as well as postsurgical evaluation. The fellow will also assist the attending psychologist as a liaison between neuropsychology and the Epilepsy Program.
  • Pediatric Stroke Program: The fellow will develop skills in consultation and assessment of children with a history of stroke. The fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team including neurology, physical/occupational/speech-language therapies, social work, school intervention and neuropsychology. The fellow may have the opportunity to provide both outpatient and inpatient consultation services with this population in addition to seeing outpatients with other vascular malformations, sickle cell disease, and other complex neurologic and genetic disorders resulting in stroke. Learn about our Pediatric Stroke Program.
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit: The primary objective of this rotation is to develop skills in providing neuropsychological assessment services for neurorehabilitation patients, such as those with traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, encephalitis and seizure disorder, as a member of an interdisciplinary team. There may also be selective opportunities for case consultation, behavioral management, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, education, cognitive screening, co-treatment with other members of the team, and overall team support.
  • Cardiac Kids Developmental Follow-up Program: This program provides comprehensive medical and developmental evaluations for children with congenital heart disorders and associated neurologic complications. The fellow will have the opportunity to complete early childhood assessments and work with a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, therapists and nurses. Learn about the Cardiac Kids Developmental Follow-up Program.
  • Metabolic Disease Program: This rotation involves conducting serial neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological evaluations of individuals with a range of metabolic and genetic conditions from infancy through young adulthood. The fellow will also have the opportunity to provide consultation and work within a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, dieticians, therapists and nurses. Learn about the Metabolic Disease Program.
  • Adult neurology: In conjunction with the Department of Neurology at the neighboring Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), a minor rotation in adult neuropsychology is offered. The fellow will gain experience with patients from adult neurology populations such as Parkinson’s, dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, lupus and concussion. Opportunities to participate in Wada testing are also available. This rotation is supervised by two adult neuropsychologists.

In addition to the above listed rotations, the fellow may have the opportunity to create individualized experiences based on his or her interests.

Didactics/supervision experience

The fellow will spend approximately 20 percent of their time in supervision and didactic experiences. Specific didactics include:

  • Neuropsychology seminar
  • Neuropsychology group supervision
  • Clinical neuroscience conferences
  • Brain cuttings
  • Psychiatry grand rounds at CHOP
  • Neurology grand rounds at HUP
  • Lectures on ethical practice and cultural awareness/diversity

Additional experiences support the fellow’s specific clinical responsibilities at the time, including attending weekly stroke conferences, rehabilitation team meetings and epilepsy planning meetings. The fellow will also have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in mock fact-finding examinations in preparation for board certification in neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
  • Be a member of the Program Planning Committee for the Neuropsychology and the Psychology Seminar Series, both of which provide APA-approved CE credits for psychologists

The fellow will receive approximately two to three hours of individual supervision per week, to support clinic activities, plan assessments, analyze data, and provide oral and written feedback. The fellow may also have the opportunity to provide supervision to intern- and extern-level neuropsychology students through an umbrella supervision model.

Research experience

Approximately 10 to 20 percent of the fellow’s time should 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. For example, fellows are expected to present at local and professional conferences or submit a review paper or chapter by the end of the fellowship.

Salary and benefits

The stipend for this fellowship is consistent with NIH salary guidelines for postdoctoral fellows. Stipends are distributed evenly across the year in biweekly checks.

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 paid time off (PTO) days to be used as needed for vacation, personal time or illness. In addition, fellows will be allowed the seven announced holidays. Fellows may request additional leave for participation in professional conferences, as long as coverage for clinical responsibilities is arranged.

The fellow is provided with a computer and a personal workspace within the Psychology office suite. They have access to the library resources both through CHOP and through the University of Pennsylvania library system.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the APPA CAS portal and should include the following documents:

  • A one-to-two-page cover letter describing previous professional academic preparation and work experience relevant to a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology, career interests and specific plans, and reasons for applying to the Fellowship Program. Please specify that you are applying to the neuropsychology fellowship (as CHOP may have several open positions in other areas of psychology).
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or work supervisors.
  • Two de-identified neuropsychological reports.
  • An unofficial transcript from your doctoral training program (an official transcript will be required upon acceptance of a fellowship).
  • APPCN “Verification of Completion of Doctorate” form.

The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

Interviews will be arranged after initial screening of applications. Interviews will take place at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14 – 17, 2018 (preferably on Tuesday, Feb. 13 prior to the start of the conference). Please let us know in your cover letter if you are planning to attend this meeting/interview date.

This fellowship program participates in the APPCN match program conducted by National Matching Services Inc., and adheres to all match procedures. All applicants to APPCN programs should register for the match. Our program code for the match is 8941.