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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.
Faculty members of the Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology offer many fellowship experiences, as funding permits. Our general areas of specialization are:
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 2018: 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.
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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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Note: For the 2018-2019 academic year, most of the fellowships (with the exception of neuropsychology) will receive/review applications on a rolling basis, although priority will be given to applications received prior to Monday, Jan. 2, 2018.
For neuropsychology applicants only: Deadlines for applications are January 5, 2018. Applications will be accepted through the APPA CAS portal. Interviews will be arranged after initial screening of applications. Interviews will take place at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in February 2018 (preferably on Tuesday February 13). Please let us know in your cover letter if you are planning to attend this meeting/interview date. Find more information specific to neuropsychology.
For Solid Organ Transplant applicants only (NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018-2019 cycle): 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. You will be allowed to hold the offer for 24 hours before accepting or declining the offer. All applicants will be notified when they are no longer being considered and when the position has been filled.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged 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:
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. Selected applicants will be invited for an onsite interview or phone/Skype. Fellows will be notified of acceptance by telephone and subsequently by a letter from Human Resources. Please respond by submitting a written confirmation indicating acceptance of the position. Your written confirmation is required and binding. Applicants will be notified by email when the position(s) for which they applied becomes filled or otherwise unavailable.
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 expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.
Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
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:
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.
Fellows will train with faculty from several programs and departments throughout the institution. Visit the following team pages to meet our faculty:
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