Psychology Fellowships

The Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers 10, year-long postdoctoral fellowships in pediatric psychology/behavioral health, beginning Sept. 1, 2015. Positions are open to graduates from American Psychology Association-approved doctoral programs who have already completed their internship training.

Our Fellowship Program

Nemours fellowships offer clinical and/or research training with specialty clinics including Early Childhood, Autism, Neuropsychology, Primary Care, Endocrinology, Oncology, Craniofacial/Cleft Palate, Cardiology and Gastroenterology. Specific postdoctoral fellowships are outlined below.

In addition to clinical hours, fellows participate in didactic seminars spanning topics such as professional development, clinical supervision, research and medical issues, and hospital grand rounds. Fellows also have opportunities to supervise other psychology trainees as part of the Division of Behavioral Health’s psychology externship and internship programs.

Clinical Positions

 
Early Childhood Fellowship
  • Major Emphasis: Early Childhood
  • Minor Emphasis: Child Clinical

The Early Childhood Fellowship offers postdoctoral students a unique opportunity to become immersed in the very early years (birth to age 3) as the on-site psychologist for Child Development Watch (CDW) — a state-funded intervention program that provides daycare (home-based and/or site-based) observations and consultations.

One day a week you’ll actively participate in multi-disciplinary developmental assessments that include specialists from speech/language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, audiology and nursing. This coordinated, family-centered approach is based on a brief therapeutic model and is designed to enhance development of appropriate behavior management strategies, and to allow for observations of the child in a naturalistic setting with familiar caregivers.

Ideally, applicants will have a background in clinical child and/or pediatric psychology with early childhood experience.

Clinical Experience

You’ll spend approximately 40 percent of your clinical time with Child Development Watch (CDW) either on-site, performing family or daycare visits, or completing related work at the hospital. Additional clinical time is flexible and focused on early childhood psychological assessment and therapy experiences.

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Neuropsychology Fellowship

Not Accepting Applications for the 2015-16 Training Year   

  • Major Emphasis: Neuropsychology

The Neuropsychology Fellowship offers a variety of experiences that focus on assessment, team collaboration and therapy (individual, group and family) — primarily for children and teens with brain-based illnesses or injuries that range from mild to severe.

As a neuropsychology fellow, you will:

  • run the psychology adjustment group for adolescents (three sessions a week)
  • work within a rehabilitation program serving inpatients and day-stay hospital outpatients
  • provide short- and long-term follow-up patient care
  • provide therapy that involves straight-forward adjustment work or devising and implementing behavioral programs and remediation strategies for longer-term cognitive deficits
  • participate in neuropsychological testing of different patient populations

Experience in neuropsychological testing is necessary for this position. Ideal candidates have the ability to work in a team environment within a hospital setting.

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Child Clinical Fellowship (Primary Care, Weight Management, Patient Access)
  • Major Emphasis: Primary Care
  • Major Emphasis: Weight Management
  • Minor Emphasis: Research Primary Care

The Child Clinical Fellowship provides an opportunity for the postdoctoral student to fully participate in a model of integrated care with primary care pediatricians, nurses and medical residents at various Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations in Delaware Valley (40 percent of your time). 

Clinical and Research Experience

As a child clinical fellow, you will engage in clinical work and research within our hospital-based, multidisciplinary weight management clinic where children and adolescents struggling with obesity are evaluated and treated. You will also work one day a week on research related to primary care practice.  

Ideal candidates will have a background in clinical child and/or pediatric psychology with interest or experience working in a primary care setting. 

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Pediatric Psychology Fellowship (Diabetes, Trauma)
  • Major Emphasis: Diabetes
  • Minor Emphasis: Trauma

The Pediatric Psychology Fellowship is based in the Improving Diabetes Through Education and Lifestyle (IDEAL) Clinic — an interdisciplinary family group intervention program focused on empowering families to meet the challenges associated with type 1 diabetes.

As the pediatric psychology fellow, you are part of a team — including a diabetes advanced nurse practitioner, a nutritionist and a psychology intern (whom you will supervise together with the attending psychologist) — that teaches families problem-solving and communication strategies for successful diabetes management.

Research, Clinical and Educational Opportunities

The program also offers opportunity for you to:

  • participate in diabetes- or trauma-focused research
  • provide psychological assessments
  • provide trauma consultation and treatment
  • educate the current cohort of medical residents

Ideal applicants will have a background in child clinical and/or pediatric psychology with interest or experience in participating in a hospital-based endocrinology team. 

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Pediatric Psychology Fellowship (Hematology/Oncology, Craniofacial)
  • Major Emphasis: Hematology/Oncology
  • Minor Emphasis: Craniofacial

The Pediatric Psychology Fellowship offers opportunity to provide consultation and rehabilitation services in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment. As the pediatric psychology fellow, you will participate in hematology/oncology activities related to:

  • bone marrow transplants
  • survivorship and sickle cell clinics
  • related research
Additional Clinical Experience

Minor rotations include psychological assessment and working with the craniofacial team.

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Pediatric Psychology (First State School, Gastroenterology)
  • Major Emphasis: First State School
  • Minor Emphasis: Gastroenterology
First State School

The First State School at Wilmington Hospital (Christiana Care Health System) is dedicated to providing integrated specialized medical and therapeutic care (nursing, psychological, psychiatric, occupational, physical and speech therapies) within traditional K–12 classrooms.

As the pediatric psychology fellow, half of your time is spent providing services to children with chronic illnesses and conditions (such as diabetes, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, HIV, kidney/liver disease, asthma and cancer) in a school-based setting. These services include:

  • therapy focused on medical adherence, illness adjustment, coping with stressors and enhancing school academic and social functioning (individual, family and group)
  • consultation (classroom teachers, nursing staff)
  • brief assessments
Gastroenterology and Access Clinic Experiences

The rest of your time is spent participating in the multidisciplinary gastroenterology clinic, with one day a week devoted to the hospital’s fast-paced Access clinic, consulting with families and directing them to appropriate resources in an efficient and accurate manner.

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Pediatric Psychology (Cardiology, Pain Management)
  • Major Emphasis: Cardiology
  • Minor Emphasis: Pain Management

This fellowship position provides much experience in pediatric cadiology, including:

  • assessment and parent consultation as part of an interdisciplinary cardiac neurodevelopmental follow-up program
  • consultation and liaison within the cardiac intensive care unit
  • cardiac transplant psychosocial evaluation

You'll participate in weekly interdisciplinary developmental rounds on the cardiac unit and be an active member of a cardiac developmental care committee that strives to promote developmental care practices in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). The patient population ranges from newborns to young adults with a variety of cardiac conditions including congenital heart disease, arrhythmias and heart failure. One day is devoted to neurodevelopmental/psychosocial research in cardiology.

Additional Clinical Experiences

Minor rotations include twice monthly neuropsychological assessment and pain management consultation with the opportunity to provide individual and group therapy services related to managing and coping with pain.

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Autism Specific Child Clinical Fellowship
  • Major Emphasis: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Minor Emphasis: Child Clinical

This fellowship primarily involves direct clinical care with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a referral question, including initial consultations, comprehensive testing, ongoing treatment (both behavior-based and CBT), and exposure to patients with ASD in a medical setting and group interventions.

Additionally, you'll have the unique experience of participating in ongoing program development, which includes collaboration with providers at Nemours, and with school and community partners. Although ASD is often the referral question, there will be a substantial component of child clinical assessment and treatment, as well as medically complicated developmental concerns.

Additional Clinical Experiences

Applicants ideally will have a documented interest and clinical experience in ASD. Although ADOS-2 training is not required, it is preferred.

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Center for Healthcare Delivery Science Fellowship
  • Major Emphasis: Research: Pediatric Illnesses
  • Minor Emphasis: Child Clinical/Chronic Illnesses

The Center for Healthcare Delivery Science (CHDS) at Nemours invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral psychology fellowship, starting in September 2015. The CHDS is a new research center for Nemours Children's Health System, co-directed by Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP and Tim Wysocki, PhD, ABPP.

Healthcare delivery science is the application of scientific methods and principles to the analysis of variables and processes that affect the delivery, safety, outcomes, cost, quality and value of pediatric healthcare.

Clinical Experiences

We are seeking an individual interested in research on psychosocial factors associated with pediatric healthcare outcomes who aspires to an academic research career. As a fellow, you would:

  • be based at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.
  • be mentored in research by Melissa A. Alderfer, PhD, participating in family-based research in a range of pediatric illnesses (possibly including oncology, cardiology, genetics and palliative care)
  • collaborate with other multidisciplinary investigators from the CHDS and throughout Nemours operations in the Delaware Valley and Florida
  • be expected to develop your own research projects
  • receive mentored guidance in preparing manuscripts and developing grant proposals
  • spend approximately 25 percent of your time devoted to clinical work in the Division of Behavioral Health at duPont Hospital for Children
  • participate in training opportunities with other fellows in the Division of Behavioral Health
  • accrue the hours necessary for licensure by the completion of fellowship
Supervisor
  • Melissa A. Alderfer, PhD
 
Center for Healthcare Delivery Science Fellowship in Oncology Research
  • Major Emphasis: Research: Pediatric Oncology
  • Minor Emphasis: Child Clinical/Chronic Illness

The Center for Healthcare Delivery Science (CHDS) at Nemours invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral psychology fellowship, starting in September 2015. The CHDS is a new research center for Nemours Children's Health System, co-directed by Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP and Tim Wysocki, PhD, ABPP.

Healthcare delivery science is the application of scientific methods and principles to the analysis of variables and processes that affect the delivery, safety, outcomes, cost, quality and value of pediatric healthcare.

Clinical Experiences

We are seeking an individual interested in research in pediatric cancer related to factors associated with pediatric healthcare delivery and outcomes who aspires to an academic research career. As a fellow, you would:

  • be based at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.
  • be mentored in research by Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP, and join the team as part of Cancer Delivery Science in the Nemours National Cancer Institute's Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)
  • collaborate with other multidisciplinary investigators from the CHDS and throughout Nemours operations in the Delaware Valley and Florida
  • be expected to develop your own research projects
  • receive mentored guidance in preparing manuscripts and developing grant proposals
  • spend approximately 25 percent of your time devoted to clinical work in the Division of Behavioral Health at duPont Hospital for Children
  • participate in training opportunities with other fellows in the Division of Behavioral Health
  • accrue the hours necessary for licensure by the completion of fellowship
Supervisor

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is like no other in the region — designed by families, for families.

About Our Hospital in Delaware

The duPont Hospital for Children is a multi-specialty, tertiary care teaching institution located on a 300-acre estate in the scenic Brandywine Valley in Wilmington, Del.

As a program participant, you’ll have access to advanced computer systems for patient care activities, electronic mail, word processing, internet access and library research functions. Among the hospital’s amenities for all staff are:

  • free parking
  • park-like setting
  • gym/fitness center
  • on-site child care center for children of staff
  • massage therapy

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Contact Us

Colleen Sherman, PhD

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Director
(302) 651-4500
colleen.sherman@nemours.org

Email is the preferred method of contact.

Apply for This Fellowship

Application Requirements
Deadline: Jan. 2, 2015
  • curriculum vitae
  • letter summarizing your qualifications, research/clinical interests, career goals and the specific position(s) you're seeking
  • two letters of recommendation
  • for the Neuropsychology position, please include a sample de-identified neuropsychological report

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