Clinical Psychology Fellowship Positions

Fellowship opportunities

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology includes a variety of unique fellowship opportunities. Check the detailed descriptions below for current positions in our four general areas of specialization.

The psychology and neuropsychology fellowships change from year to year. We recommend that you check back periodically, as new positions may become available in the next few months.

Position with the Center for Management of ADHD

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2019-2021

The Center for Management of ADHD at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has one post-doctoral fellowship positions available for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. The two-year fellowship is designed to prepare fellows to further develop their research skills and complete their clinical training for licensure in psychology.

The Center for Management for ADHD is committed to conducting innovative research, providing interprofessional training and offering clinical services for children and adolescents. A major focus on the research conducted through the center is based in schools and primary care and is designed to improve student success in school.

The fellows will play a leadership role in a randomized controlled trial (Goal 3) funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The fellows’ responsibilities include training, consulting with, and coaching school partners in implementing a group organizational skills training intervention for elementary school students (grades 3-5). The fellows will also have the opportunity to deliver the organizational skills intervention to small groups of students. The fellowship will focus on acquisition of clinical and research skills related to school-based intervention, organizational skills training for children, and training and consultation provided to elementary school personnel. The fellows will have the opportunity to contribute to grant writing and dissemination activities (e.g., presentations at local and national meetings, manuscript preparation).

Applicants should have a PhD in clinical child or school psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program. Prior experience with behavioral intervention and school-based consultation is preferred. Strong interest in school-based mental health is preferred.

The anticipated start date for this fellowship is July 30, 2019. Questions can be directed to psychologytraining@email.chop.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about these positions, contact Thomas Power, PhD.

Pediatric psychology position

Solid Organ Transplant (Lefkowitz)

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-2021

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: 

  • Pre-transplant psychosocial assessment of children and families (all organs)
  • Inpatient intervention services for children and adolescents awaiting heart and/or lung transplant and their families
  • Consultation with the transplant medical teams around patient and parent coping and family-staff interaction
  • Follow-up of patients through the interdisciplinary outpatient clinic
  • Opportunities to provide outpatient psychotherapy are also available. Common referral issues include:
    • Adjustment to illness
    • Prolonged hospitalization
    • Grief and loss
    • Family/team communication
    • Adherence to medical regimens pre- and post-transplant

This position is designed to have 65 to 70 percent clinical time commitment with the remainder of time dedicated to clinical research activities.

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 email Dr. Lefkowitz.

Behavioral Oncology Post-doctoral Fellowship

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-2020

This fellowship provides an opportunity for clinical research and advanced practice as part of the Behavioral Oncology Program of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research.

The position is mostly funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) to Lisa Schwartz and colleagues at CHOP and UPenn to test a mobile health intervention for adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer, with the goal to enhance survivor self-management and uptake of survivorship care plans. Fellows will also participate in other research — mostly with adolescents and young adults — with Dr. Barakat and Schwartz.

General training opportunities include:

  • Training in statistical methods, grant preparation, and dissemination of research through poster and paper presentations and manuscripts
  • Participation in structured training offered through the CHOP Research Institute, the Department of Pediatrics and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

This position is designed to have 80 percent research effort with the remainder of time dedicated to clinical activities as part of our psycho-oncology consultation/intervention services and Survivorship Program.

For more information, please email Dr. Lisa Schwartz and Dr. Lamia Barakat.

Autism spectrum disorders positions

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-2020 PENDING FUNDING

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.

Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in cognitive testing of children with a wide range of behavioral presentations
  • Experience in working with individuals with ASD
  • Exposure to diagnostic procedures is preferred
  • Knowledge of the ADOS is a plus 

In particular for 2019-2020, we have several studies focused on identifying ASD characteristics in children with genetic syndromes, as well as electrophysiological signatures of language impairment in ASD, conducted through the Lurie Family Foundations Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Center in the Department of Radiology. The fellow will have the opportunity to conduct clinical, neuropsychological, and diagnostic evaluations for these ongoing neuroimaging studies. Participants range in age from infancy through adulthood and include individuals with a range of abilities (from nonverbal to high functioning). All individuals participating in our studies receive comprehensive clinical evaluations and then participate in both MRI and MEG protocols. Fellows will conduct evaluations and provide feedback for families, support MEG and MRI scanning visits, and participate in broader training and scholarly activities within the MEG Center and Center for Autism Research (e.g., lab meetings, journal clubs, clinical group supervision).

Depending on prior level of experience and interest, fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate on ongoing research studies and research papers, and may have the opportunity to supervision graduate student externs. While the training opportunities will include a heavy emphasis on diagnosis and assessment of ASD, candidates with an interest in language development and neuropsychological functioning more broadly may be particularly well suited.

Early childhood psychology positions

Early Childhood Psychologist (Gerdes)

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-2020

The Early Childhood Psychologist fellowship will include both a clinical rotation in the Neonatal Follow-up Program at the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care and a research rotation in a project which might be focused on reducing expulsion and suspension in childcare centers or addressing the problem of providing mental health services to diverse pediatric populations.  

The Neonatal Follow-up Program was established by CHOP and Penn over 30 years ago to provide close follow-up care for infants being discharged from the NICUs at HUP and CHOP. Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, physical therapists and a social worker. Children and their families are seen at 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months adjusted age, and 30 and 48-60 months chronologic age for both for medical and physical exam and psychological assessment. The program aims to be responsive to family's needs and concerns. The role of the psychologist is to conduct full standardized psychological assessments, including interpretation, diagnosis, and counseling and feedback with families. Consultation with the interdisciplinary team and with community service providers is also a part of the experience.

The research segment of this fellowship offers experiences in implementation of interventions with teachers, children and parents, opportunities for qualitative interviewing, and participation in data entry, analysis, and interpretation. There will also be opportunities for academic publications, development of policy recommendations, and presentations. The degree of participation in research development, implementation and publication is based on the fellow's career goals and level of experience.

Preferred experience includes:

  • Experience in psychological testing of children under the age of 5 years with a wide range of behavioral presentations
  • Experience in working with individuals with a range of developmental challenges including autism
  • Exposure to diagnostic procedures
  • Knowledge of childcare
  • Prior experience in community based research

Depending on prior level of experience and interest, fellows may have the opportunity to supervise graduate student externs and other trainees.

Applications: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Start Date: not accepting applications

Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in clinical child, school, or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program. Prior experience working with children from 6 months to 5 years is required. Past experience with medically complex toddlers and preschoolers is preferred. Knowledge of childcare services and community based work is also helpful.

For more information, contact Dr. Marsha Gerdes via email at Gerdes@email.chop.edu.

Clinical/Community/Schools positions

Behavioral Health in Urban schools/Implementation Science (Eiraldi)

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2019-2020

The Behavioral Health in Urban Schools Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is committed to conducting culturally 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 health care, with a particular focus on improving access to behavioral health services for children and families in school settings.

Primary Activities: The fellows will play a leadership role in an ongoing implementation clinical trial (R01) funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and in a pending program development project funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES). 

The main goal of the R01 clinical trial is to assess the effectiveness of two versions of a group CBT program for anxiety disorders and two implementation strategies (hybrid trial) with urban school-aged youth. The fellow will assist co-investigators with subject recruitment and training therapists and clinical supervisors from participating community mental health agencies.

The primary aim of the IES project is to conceptualize and develop, through an iterative process, a training and consultation platform that can be delivered remotely to rural schools that are currently implementing school-wide positive behavior intervention and supports (SWPBIS) and to pilot test the efficacy of that platform. The training platform would be used for the training of school behavioral health staff to implement mental health evidence-based practices at Tier 2.  

This fellowship is for students contemplating a career involving research and program development in underserved settings. The fellows will be expected to contribute to grant writing and dissemination activities (i.e., presentations at local and national meetings, manuscript preparation). Although funding is secure for two years, fellows are expected to seek self-funding during the second year of the fellowship (e.g., private foundations, career development K-type grants) for the period after post-doctoral training. Access to current and archival datasets will be provided. Additionally, fellows will be able to accrue hours for licensure in psychology.

Deadline for Applications: not accepting applications

Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in clinical child, school, or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program. Strong interest in working with underserved children in urban and rural schools is a must. Prior experience is preferred. Bilingual/bicultural (English/Spanish) students are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about these positions, contact Dr. Ricardo Eiraldi at 215-590-7759 or via email.

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

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-2020

Dr. Leff and his team are offering a postdoctoral fellowship designed to provide experience conducting research within urban, under-resourced schools and communities in an effort to proactively address problems related to relational (rumors, gossiping, social exclusion), physical (hitting and pushing), and cyber (using electronic means) aggression and bullying.  The position combines a range of research experiences and clinical opportunities related to our school-based programs, and opportunities to teach and mentor interdisciplinary colleagues participating in a year-long research training program as part of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at CHOP.

A variety of research experiences are available related to the following initiatives which are funded through a combination of federal grants, foundation funding, donations, and through our new Violence Prevention Initiative at CHOP, of which Dr. Leff is a co-director. 

Ongoing clinical research includes the development and evaluation of CHOP’s Partner for Prevention (P4P) program that addresses youth violence through an innovative peer-bullying prevention program for vulnerable third- to fifth-grade youth in partnering Philadelphia schools. P4P utilizes a whole-school, multi-level approach to reduce student and school exposure to violence and aggression. It includes four components:

  • A classroom-based curriculum for students that focuses on problem solving, sympathy and perspective taking
  • Playground and lunchroom consultation
  • Teacher training
  • Parent/community outreach

There are also opportunities to be involved in our newest bullying prevention program that we are implementing with 7th and 8th graders. Free2B is a brief multimedia experience that combines a 3D bullying prevention movie with interactive technology and inspiring video illustrations of coping with bullying, followed by six weeks of classroom discussions of these issues. Initial pilot studies are promising and we are evaluating our results and expanding our research and dissemination efforts.

A fellow can also contribute to a range of qualitative and quantitative projects including working with our team on the analysis of our 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).

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. In addition, they will be able to earn clinical hours towards licensure and gain valuable teaching and mentorship skills.

For more information, please email Dr. Leff.

Neuropsychology position

Two-year Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship (Krivitzky)

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2019-2020

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 program is a member of APPCN and the goal is to prepare the fellow for a career as a scientist-practitioner in pediatric neuropsychology.

Find application details for our postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology »

Pediatric mood disorders position

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-2020

The goal is to prepare the fellow for a career as a researcher in pediatric mood disorders.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has consistently been ranked one of the top hospitals on U.S.News & World Report’s Honor Roll of the nation's Best Children’s Hospitals. It was the first hospital in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the care of children. The Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CHAMP) within DCAPBS is a multidisciplinary team providing evaluation and treatment for youth with mood symptoms. Through this specialty clinical research program, data is collected with the goal of characterizing the pediatric mood disorder population. Biological and psychosocial risk and protective factors are being investigated. The fellow is expected to participate in the clinical research program and the writing of grants and papers.   

The Child and Adolescent Mood Program at CHOP includes psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers and works closely with the Department of Immunology. The department also houses a pre-doctoral internship with tracks in pediatric neuropsychology, pediatric psychology, child clinical psychology, integrated behavioral health, and autism spectrum disorders that is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The mood disorder post-doctoral training program covers a period of one to two years, and consists of primarily research and educational activities. Clinical activities are available if needed.