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.

Center for Management of ADHD (Power, Nissley-Tsiopinis, Mautone)

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2020-2022

The Center for Management of ADHD at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has two post-doctoral fellowship positions available for the 2020-2022 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 13, 2020. 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 positions

Perinatal Mental Health and Early Childhood Follow-up

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2021

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology in Perinatal Mental Health and Early Childhood Follow-up at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) starting in Summer/Fall 2020.  This fellowship provides an opportunity for advanced direct practice, research, and program development in providing psychological services as part of a variety of programs in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics at CHOP.

The primary focus of the fellowship is the expansion of psychology services within the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment (CFDT), with opportunities to support infants and families in the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) and during neurodevelopmental follow-up assessments. The CFDT is a multidisciplinary clinical program dedicated to providing focused specialized services for pregnant patients carrying babies with birth defects and/or complex medical or genetic conditions. Women receive comprehensive maternal/fetal assessments, close monitoring and prenatal care, and give birth in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit (SDU) at CHOP, the world’s first obstetrics unit housed within a pediatric hospital. Many babies immediately transition to the N/IICU, a Level IV 102 bed unit, after birth. Clinical practice focuses on supporting women and their partners, as they may experience perinatal mental health challenges often exacerbated when faced with a complication in pregnancy and a subsequent neonatal intensive care hospitalization. The fellow will achieve a better understanding of the relations between prenatal and postnatal medical complications requiring surgical intervention and later neurodevelopmental outcomes and help parents advocate for and connect with their children in ways that will promote child development.

Services in the fellowship program will be focused on building clinical competence in four main areas: 1) mental and behavioral health care to expectant and postpartum parents, 2) neonatal attachment and bonding, 3) perinatal bereavement services, and 4) neurodevelopmental assessment. This fellowship is an exciting opportunity to play an integral part of the expansion of psychology in clinical, programmatic and research activities.

In addition to clinical participation in the CFDT program, additional clinical rotations include:

  1. Inpatient Short- and Longer-Term Intervention Services on the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit
  2. Neurodevelopmental Assessment with direct practice opportunities in the assessment of medically high-risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers (ages 6 months to 6 years)
  3. Research/Program Development within the Departments

Supervisors for this fellowship include Joanna Cole, PhD (hiring manager, primary mentor; CFDT Program and outpatient services supervisor), Chavis Patterson, PhD and Casey Hoffman PhD (N/IICU and inpatient services supervisors), and Jane Schreiber, PhD (neurodevelopmental assessment supervisor).

This position is designed to have 65-70 percent clinical time commitment with the remainder of time dedicated to clinical research and program development/quality improvement activities.  The position is a one year fellowship beginning July 13, 2020..  Candidates with previous clinical and research experiences in pediatric psychology are especially encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is January 1, 2020; please apply using the APPA CAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Portal.  Applicants selected for interview will be invited to attend interview dates in late January/Early February. We will be adhering to the APPIC Uniform Notification Date Guidelines with offers being made February 25, 2020 at 10:00 am.  For more information, please email Dr. Cole.

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (Turner)

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2021

Our fellowship provides an opportunity for advanced clinical practice in providing pediatric psychology services as part of the interdisciplinary Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility. The interdisciplinary team in the GI Motility Center is comprised of medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work and psychology. Psychologists and trainees provide integrated clinical services and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team members for patient care, program development, and quality improvement projects.

Pediatric psychology services include:

  • Consultation and assessment of children and adolescents seen for second opinions through the GI Motility Center
  • Outpatient assessment and intervention for children and adolescents at the Main Campus and suburban specialty care sites. GI presentations include functional abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, gastroparesis, vomiting, and rumination.
    • Common referral requests include providing cognitive-behavioral interventions for pain management, constipation and toileting difficulties, treatment adherence, and school avoidance.
  • Inpatient intervention services for children and adolescents seen through the GI Motility Center
  • Outpatient intervention services through specific interdisciplinary motility clinics that include:
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Clinic
    • Defecation Dynamics Clinic
  • Group programming that includes intervention and support groups for constipation and IBS
  • Involvement in motility patient and Family Education Days
  • Involvement in innovative pilot program featuring telehealth interventions for constipation
  • Participation in quality improvement projects and program development

This position is designed to have 60-70 percent clinical time commitment with the remainder of time dedicated to clinical research, didactics and program development activities. This position will have clinical time commitments at both the Main Campus and King of Prussia, PA, specialty care location. The fellow will receive two hours of supervision per week.  Specific didactics include GI Psychology Group Meetings, GI Psychosocial Rounds, Psychiatry Grand Rounds at CHOP and HUP, and DCAPBS Psychiatry Seminar Series.

The position is a one-year fellowship, beginning summer/early fall. For more information, please email Betsy Turner, PhD.

Solid Organ Transplant (Lefkowitz)

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2022

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 summer/early fall. Candidates with previous clinical and research experiences in pediatric psychology are encouraged to apply. For more information, please email Dr. Lefkowitz.

Autism spectrum disorders positions

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2022

The Center for Autism Research (CAR) was established by CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania to coordinate, sponsor and support state-of-the-art research into understanding the causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Across CAR, studies focus on diagnosis, development, neuropsychology, genetics and neuroimaging of individuals with ASD. CAR also has a large training program spanning both clinical and research mentorship, providing a rich training environment. The focus of this clinical fellowship will be training psychologists to provide diagnostic assessments to infants and toddlers at risk for ASD.

We are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to assist with a longitudinal study of digital phenotyping in infants with an older sibling with ASD (i.e., infant siblings). The main focus of this position will be clinical training in clinical and developmental assessments with infants and toddlers and providing feedback to families as a part of this research study. Depending on the fellow’s training goals and rotation availability, there may also be opportunities for minor rotations conducting assessments in older children/adolescents, in other clinical settings such as the Regional Autism Center, or with treatment/intervention of children with ASD.

In addition to training and supervision in diagnostic assessment, fellows will also participate in broader training and scholarly activities within CHOP and CAR (e.g., lab meetings, journal clubs, clinical group supervision). Fellows may also be provided the opportunity to achieve research reliability on the ADOS-2, if not already reliable. Although the emphasis of this postdoctoral fellowship is on clinical training and acquiring supervised clinical hours for licensure, there may be some opportunities to collaborate on ongoing research, depending on prior level of experience and interest. There may also be opportunities to provide training and supervision to graduate students, research assistants, and/or undergraduate students.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong background in infant/toddler assessment and early development, and/or in assessment of children with ASD. Candidates should also have experience with standardized assessment procedures, as well as strong interpersonal and collaboration skills and experience working with families.

This fellowship was designed as a two-year position, but those interested in a focused, one-year position will also be considered. Given the focus on clinical training, we expect that the fellow will accrue enough hours for licensure eligibility in the first year.

Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in developmental, cognitive, and/or diagnostic testing in children with a wide range of behavioral presentations
  • Experience working with individuals with ASD and exposure to ASD diagnostic procedures, and/or experience with infants and toddlers is preferred
  • Knowledge of the ADOS-2 is a plus
  • Ability to work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team

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

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2021

Drs. Stephen Leff and Tracy Waasdorp and the aggression and bullying prevention research team are offering a one to two year postdoctoral fellowship designed to provide experience conducting research within urban, under-resourced schools and communities in an effort to proactively address the 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 potential clinical opportunities related to our school-based programs as supervised by Drs. Leff and Waasdorp, and/or by Drs. Brooke Paskewich and Christine Waanders. There are also 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 and see a limited number of patients through the outpatient clinic within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Background: Despite the documented need, there are very few, effective, culturally-sensitive relational aggression prevention programs for high-risk girls and their classmates in urban schools. Particularly those that equip staff with much needed training to lead and sustain the program. Addressing these gaps, the Friend to Friend (F2F) Program was developed through an extensive partnership between Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and urban students, teachers, administrators and parents from the School District of Philadelphia.

A main focus of Friend to Friend (F2F) is reducing relationally aggressive behaviors (gossip, rumors, and social exclusion) which is known to cause distress beyond the classroom, playing out days later in the hallways, playground, and even in social media. Whereas prior versions of Friend to Friend were implemented by CHOP research staff, a current R01 clinical trial puts the school in the role of the interventionists, where they learn the strategies and curriculum and provide the program to their students. School staff will have coaching from CHOP research staff to provide guidance throughout the intervention. This coaching model will enable school staff the skills to implement the Friend to Friend program long after research funding has ended, creating a sustainable model for school-based aggression prevention in urban under-resourced schools.

Research Experiences: 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 Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), of which Dr. Leff is a Director.

  1. We have begun a cluster randomized control trial (briefly described above) including 40 urban schools in which 20 schools are randomized to the F2F with Coaching intervention and 20 schools are randomized to standard school practice (e.g., referring aggressors to the counselor). Ten of the intervention schools will participate in a second year to explore program effectiveness and challenges when coaching and training is at more modest levels.
  2. We have re-fashioned our PRAISE universal classroom aggression and bullying prevention program to support counselors providing push-in lessons with teacher generalizability activities throughout the week.
  3. We are conducting a series of QI studies to better understand how bullying screening procedures and resources are meeting the needs of youth within the CHOP Primary Care network, as well as how well these procedures and resources are working with youth with High-Functioning ASD and their families when seen by Developmental and Behavioral Pediatricians. 
  4. Newer initiatives include: (a) developing a foundational intervention program for younger children who experience relational aggression, (b) integration of technology within intervention programming to help engage older youth in aggression and bullying prevention programming, and (c) a coaching and mixed-reality intervention to help teachers to detect, intervene and prevent bullying in their classrooms. 

Applications are due January 1, 2020 and will be collected through APPA-CAS. Questions can be directed to psychologytraining@email.chop.edu. For more information, please email Dr. Leff.

Neuropsychology position

Two-year Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship (Krivitzky)

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2020-2022

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

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2022

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychology and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric mood disorders beginning in the Summer of 2020 pending funding. The goal is to prepare the fellow for a career as a researcher in pediatric mood disorders.

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 for depression and suicide risk 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 predoctoral 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 1-2 years, and consists of primarily research and educational activities. Clinical activities are available if needed.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Applications should include:

  • Letter of interest (specify your interest in the pediatric mood disorder position)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation

Please send all application materials electronically via APPA-CAS.

Questions can be directed to psychologytraining@email.chop.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Behavioral Oncology Post-doctoral Fellowship

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2021

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.

Early childhood psychology positions

Early Childhood Psychologist (Gerdes)

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2021

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.

For more information, please email Dr. Marsha Gerdes.

Clinical/Community/Schools positions

Behavioral Health in Urban schools/Implementation Science (Eiraldi)

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2020-2021

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

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