Psychology Fellowship Training Program
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.
The history, expertise and compassion that make Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia unique are also what makes it the best place for medical trainees.
General areas of specialization
Faculty members of the Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology offer many fellowship experiences, as funding permits. Our general areas of specialization are:
- ADHD — with placement in our Center for Management of ADHD
- Autism Spectrum Disorders — with placements specializing in autism spectrum disorders
- Pediatric Psychology — with placements in Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Injury Prevention, Solid Organ Transplant, GI, Cardiology, Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and Sleep Medicine, as examples.
- Early Childhood — with placements in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) follow-up program
- Clinical/Community/Schools Psychology — with placements commonly available in Management of ADHD, Community-based Youth Violence Prevention, and Behavioral Health in Urban Schools.
- Pediatric Neuropsychology — with placements fulfilling INS-Division 40 and Houston Conference guidelines for training in neuropsychology. Learn more about our postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology.
- Mood Disorders — with placement in our Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CHAMP).
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 2021: 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.
Our current openings for the 2021-2022/2023 training years are as follows:
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child/Integrated Primary Care Psychology
- Perinatal Mental Health and Early Childhood Follow-up
- Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (GI)
- Solid Organ Transplant
- Center for ADHD
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Pediatric Neuropsychology
- School- and Community-Based Interventions for Aggression and Bullying Among Urban Youth
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.
In most cases, successful completion of our Fellowship Program fulfills the PA State licensure requirements for postdoctoral hours. We recommend candidates discuss their individual goals for licensure prior to accepting positions in our programs, particularly those positions with significant research time.
In the sections below, we describe the functional and foundational competencies covered across our fellowship programs. This is followed by goals/objectives we set for fellows in research, clinical work, relationship building and teaching.
- Professionalism: as evidenced in behavior and comportment that reflects the values and attitudes of psychology
- Individual and Cultural Diversity: Awareness, sensitivity and skills in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups and communities who represent various cultural and personal background and characteristics defined broadly and consistent with APA policy
- Ethical Legal Standards and Policy: Application of ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups and organizations
- Reflective Practice/Self-assessment/Self-care: Practice conducted with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection; with awareness of competencies; with appropriate self-care
- Relationships: Relates effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups and/or communities
- Scientific Knowledge and Methods: Understanding of biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, application of science to practice, and development across the lifespan. Respect for scientifically derived knowledge
- Evidence-based Practice: Integration of research and clinical expertise in the context of patient factors
- Assessment: Assessment and diagnosis of problems, capabilities and issues associated with individuals, groups and/or organizations
- Intervention: Interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being of individuals, groups and/or organizations
- Consultation: The ability to provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a patient’s needs or goals
- Supervision: Supervision and training in the professional knowledge base of enhancing and monitoring the professional functioning of others
- Knowledge of key issues and concepts in related disciplines. Identify and interact with professionals in multiple disciplines
- Research/Program Evaluation: Generating research that contributes to the professional knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activities
Goals and objectives
Goals and objectives: Fellows will be prepared for a career as a scientist practitioner that involves research within their specific field of study (focus areas described in earlier section).
Each fellow is expected to take part in research that is significant, empirically sound and ethically appropriate. The fellowships vary in the time dedicated to research activities, ranging from 10-20 percent to upward of 80-90 percent. The degree of involvement and the specific projects will be set between fellow and their primary mentor at the beginning of the fellowship. Specific goals and expectations for research will be set for each fellowship and reviewed every three to six months. These goals may include but are not limited to:
- Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of participatory action in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
- Contributing to a research team/project in a specified way
- Taking initiative in leading an aspect of research or project
- Research productivity including submission of abstracts or presentations to scientific meetings and/or papers to scientific journals
Psychology postdoctoral fellows will meet with their mentor and research team on a regular basis. In addition to the didactics listed below, fellows also have the opportunity to attend various research focused workshops through the Office of Post-doctoral Affairs at CHOP, including required topics on the Responsible Conduct of Research.
Research will be evaluated on the basis of significance, scientific merit, innovation and human subjects’ issues. In addition, many of the focus areas have specific journal clubs pertinent to their subject area; all fellows are invited to attend these journal clubs. Evaluation for research will take place by determining the degree to which the fellow is accomplishing goals.
Clinical work is a component of every fellowship, comprising at least 10 percent (and up to 70 percent) of fellows’ training. This allows most fellows to accrue the required numbers of hours for licensure in PA over the course of one or two years. Clinical work may include consultation, assessment and/or intervention and is determined by the specific requirements of the fellowship offering. Clinical work may also occur within the context of a clinical research project.
Goals and objectives: At the conclusion of training (one to two years), we expect fellows will meet the following goals and objectives:
- Fellow will be able to provide clinical care that is based in theoretical and empirical knowledge bases.
- Fellows will be able to provide clinical care that may include advanced skills in assessment, intervention and/or consultation. Fellows will discuss their clinical training goals with their primary supervisors for the rotation and set goals appropriately to address their individual needs.
- Fellow will be able to provide clinical care in a manner, which is sensitive to individual differences of all persons, is non-discriminatory, and which respects and protects human and civil rights.
- Fellow will be able to provide clinical care only within the context of a professional relationship and according to American Psychological Association Ethical Codes and standards.
- Fellow will provide professional consultation in a manner, which respects and protects the individual differences of humans.
- Fellow will show a primary obligation and take reasonable precautions to respect the confidentiality rights of those with whom they work or consult.
- Fellow will know procedures for addressing any personal signs of impairment in self, colleagues, and faculty.
Goals and objectives: Fellow will be able to interact professionally and responsibly with colleagues from other disciplines, within the field of mental health, schools, and/or the broader specialties within the Hospital.
All of our fellowships involving working within a “team” setting during their fellowship. This may include a multidisciplinary team within the Hospital or a medical specialty, with a “team” in the schools or community setting, or within a research “team” that includes individuals from several different professional disciplines. Fellows are expected to be respectful of the knowledge base of those from other disciplines or areas of focus, and to provide consultation to those from other disciplines or areas of focus. Fellows may also have the opportunity to shadow individuals from other disciplines to learn about there are of expertise.
Goal and objective: Fellows will develop teaching and mentoring skills to prepare them for a career that involves enhancing and monitoring the professional functioning of others within the field of psychology and related disciplines.
Didactic teaching: Fellows are expected to participate in the various didactic opportunities at CHOP by providing lectures to other students, faculty and potentially colleagues in other disciplines of training. Depending on their specific fellowships, they will also have the opportunity to lead journal clubs, professional development seminars, or group case discussions.
“Umbrella supervision”: Some fellows will also be involved in “umbrella supervision” of psychology interns, graduate level externs, and research assistants. The fellows may also have the opportunity to provide mentoring to the students.
Evaluation of teaching skills: Supervisors will evaluate fellows’ teaching by determining whether they have accomplished the specific teaching activities set as objectives.
In order to meet the goals/objectives above, fellows will have the opportunity to attend various didactics through the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) at CHOP, the Department of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at CHOP. Below is a list of some of these didactics. Each fellowship has different requirements for which of these are required vs. optional.
- Interdisciplinary Seminar in Community Based Practice (1x/quarter): This series of journal presentations is related to the care of medically underserved populations. Psychology fellows have the option to attend these sessions. Psychology interns and child and adolescent psychiatry fellows attend this session. The journal presentations are supplemented by case related discussion.
- Behavioral Health Seminar: (Every first and third Thursday of the month), to include specialized topics in ethical practice, suicide prevention, supervision and diversity issues. Seminars are organized into training modules related to a unifying theme. Faculty, trainees, and outside presenters take responsibility for conducting seminars that are interactive and geared toward the professional development of all attendees.
- Neuropsychology Seminar: (Every first and third Thursday of the month): This seminar is required for all neuropsychology trainees (and open to other trainees) and involves topics related to practice and board certification in neuropsychology, including ethics, professional practice, interdisciplinary care, neuroanatomy, along with topics relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of patients seen within both pediatric and adult populations.
- Professional Development Seminar: (1x/month): This seminar series meets monthly and is designed to educate interns and fellows about professional issues pertaining to clinical practice, working with families of diverse backgrounds, collegial relationships, ethics, professional standards, professional development and career development
- DCAPBS Grand Rounds: (Monthly Thursdays at noon): This monthly rounds features nationally/internationally recognized experts in behavioral health and is open to the entire medical center community. Departmental trainees also participate in case-based teaching rounds with the invited speaker.
- Penn Psychiatry Grand Rounds: This monthly rounds features nationally/internationally recognized experts in behavioral health and is open to both CHOP- and Penn-based faculty and students.
- Center for Autism Research (CAR), Clinical Discussion Seminars and Science Meetings (1-2x/month): CAR trainees participate in a weekly clinical discussion that includes clinical didactics, peer supervision, and professional development. Science Meetings include presentations by outside or internal speakers to present their most recent research findings. CAR scientists (including postdocs) also present new projects, grant ideas or papers in order to get feedback.
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.
For all fellowships, applications will be accepted until all available positions are filled, and they should be submitted through the APPA CAS portal. Application deadlines will be found there.
For neuropsychology applicants only: Find more information specific to neuropsychology.
- 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.
How to apply
To apply for a fellowship position, applicants must submit materials through the APPA CAS portal. The specific materials required for each fellowship are listed on the portal, but in general we require:
- 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.
- A curriculum vitae
- Three letters of recommendations from academic or work supervisors
- Two de-identified neuropsychological reports (Neuropsychology applicants only)
- APPCN Verification form (Neuropsychology applicants only)
- 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)
All applications should be submitted through the APPA CAS portal. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the faculty mentor of the position(s) in which you are interested. Some of our fellowship positions may have additional application requirements that are detailed in the descriptions of the positions.
(For all fellowships except Neuropsychology)
We will review all complete applications. Due to the environment created by COVID-19, selected applicants will be invited for virtual interviews.
CHOP participates in the APPIC uniform notification date and centralized application. If selected for this position, you will be notified after 10 a.m. EST on the uniform notification date by telephone. You will be allowed to hold the offer for 24 hours before accepting or declining the offer. Accepted offers will be followed up with a written confirmation letter. Written confirmation indicating acceptance of the position is required and binding.
All applicants will be notified by email when they are no longer being considered and when the position has been filled or otherwise unavailable.
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 asked to attest, in writing, to their use and/or Consumption of tobacco or nicotine products in the past 30 days, following completion of the interview process. They will be requested to complete the attestation a second time within the electronic onboarding system. A nicotine screen will be included among the pre-placement Occupational Health screens for individuals who receive offers of employment.
Individuals applying as Residents or Fellows who screen positive for nicotine will be permitted to begin employment as planned and will be notified of the following in writing at the time of the first positive test:
- Resident or Fellow will be permitted to begin employment on the date originally planned; she/he will be encouraged to avail him/herself with the resources needed to comply with the Smoke and Tobacco Free Hiring & Workplace Policy.
- Nine (9) months from the Resident’s or Fellow’s date of hire, or earlier if he or she elects to do so earlier, he/she will be required to re-attest to Tobacco free status within the prior thirty (30) days. He/ she will be required to undergo another nicotine (also known as cotinine) screening administered by Occupational Health.
- Resident or Fellow will be advised that, in the event of a second positive screen, his/her annual contract will not be renewed. He/she will, however, be permitted to remain actively employed in the current capacity from the time of the second test result through the remainder of the contract period.
Applicants will be informed of the credentialing process required before a formal offer of employment can be extended. The Hospital-wide credentialing process includes:
- Child abuse check
- Criminal history check
- Careful review of transcripts
- Health and drug screening
- Reference check
Expenses associated with these screening procedures are covered by the hospital.
Drug Free Workplace
The Psychology Fellowship Training Program follows the Drug-free Workplace policy of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Drug-free Workplace policy strictly prohibits the possession, manufacture, sale, purchase, distribution or use of prohibited substances in the workplace. Additionally, staff members are prohibited from appearing for work under the influence of prohibited substances. Individuals who are under the care of a licensed physician/practitioner and prescribed a medication or substance that could influence or impair performance or behavior is required to disclose their use of this substance prior to required pre-employment drug testing.
If you have other questions regarding the pre-employment screenings and/or what may constitute a failed screening, please contact email@example.com (link sends e-mail).
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Salary and other benefits
Fellowship stipends are consistent with NIH guidelines. 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.
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.
Lauren Krivitzky, PhD, ABPP-CN, Director of Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship and Externship Training; Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 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, Associate Chief of Academic Affairs and Professional Development, Psychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Professor of School Psychology in Pediatrics and Psychology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Director, Center for Management of ADHD. Clinical and research interests: health promotion; integrated behavioral health in primary care, school mental health; assessment and treatment of ADHD. Email Dr. Power.
Core faculty and staff
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