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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, 2016. Positions are open to graduates from American Psychology Association-approved doctoral programs who have already completed their internship training.

Our Fellowship Program

The Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is pleased to announce the availability of seven 12 month postdoctoral Fellowships in Pediatric Psychology/Behavioral Health beginning Sept. 1, 2016. Positions are open to graduates from APA approved doctoral programs that have completed their internship training. Onsite interviews will be extended to competitive applicants on Jan. 25 and Jan. 29, 2016. The fellowships offer clinical training with a number of various specialty clinics including Early Childhood, Autism, Neuropsychology, Primary Care, Endocrinology, Oncology, Craniofacial/Cleft Palate, Pain, Cardiology, Gastroenterology and more.  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 we have psychology externship and internship programs. Applicants are invited to apply for one or more positions within and between the available tracks described below.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Tracks

Pediatric Psychology Track — 3 positions
 
Major Emphasis: Cardiology/Minor Emphases: Craniofacial and Pain

This fellowship position provides 50 percent experience in Pediatric Cardiology, which includes assessment and parent consultation as part of an interdisciplinary cardiac neurodevelopmental follow up program, consultation-liaison within the cardiac intensive care unit and cardiac transplant psychosocial evaluation. The fellow will participate in weekly interdisciplinary developmental rounds on the cardiac unit and will be an active member of a cardiac developmental care committee that strives to promote developmental care practices in the Cardiac ICU. 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. Minor rotations will include participation within the multidisciplinary pain program providing individual and family therapy to youth experiencing chronic pain as well as collaboration with other disciplines (e.g., social work, physical therapy and rheumatology). In addition, the fellow will provide psychological consultation and attend weekly medical rounds in the context of a multidisciplinary Craniofacial/Cleft Palate Clinic.

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Major Emphasis: Diabetes/Minor Emphases: Trauma, Weight Management

Applicants ideally will have a background in child clinical and/or pediatric psychology with interest/experience participating in a hospital based Endocrinology team. The fellow will join the Improving Diabetes through Education and Lifestyle (IDEAL) and Diabetes Collaborative Clinics. The IDEAL Clinic is an interdisciplinary family group intervention focused on family problem solving and communication strategies to overcome challenges in diabetes management. The Diabetes Collaborative Clinic is an integrated clinic in which families presenting for regular outpatient diabetes follow-up visits with Endocrinology providers also meet with psychology providers for coordinated visits that typically include warm hand-offs. In addition, the fellow will carry an outpatient therapy caseload of children presenting with adherence or coping concern with diabetes or other chronic illness. Twenty percent of the fellow’s time is also allotted to diabetes or trauma focused research. The remaining time includes psychological testing, trauma consultation and treatment and clinical work within our hospital based multidisciplinary Weight Management Clinic where families with children and adolescents struggling with obesity are evaluated and treated.

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Major Emphasis: First State School/Minor Emphases: Oncology, Pain

The First State School position is a 50 percent commitment to the opportunity to provide therapy (individual, family and group), consultation (classroom teachers, nursing staff) and brief assessment services in a school-based setting for children with a variety of chronic illness conditions (e.g., diabetes, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, HIV, kidney/liver disease, asthma, cancer). The First State School at Wilmington Hospital (Christiana Care Health System) is dedicated to providing integrated specialized medical and therapeutic care (e.g., nursing, psychological, psychiatric, occupational, physical and speech therapies) with traditional classroom schooling from K-12. Therapy work is targeted toward medical adherence, adjustment to illness, coping with stressors and enhancing school academic and social functioning. The remaining 50 percent of this position includes Oncology consultation and therapy, psychological testing (Late Effects) and participation in the Stress and Pain Skills (SiPs) Group for youth with chronic pain conditions.

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Early Childhood and Autism Specific Child Clinical Track — 2 positions  
 
Early Childhood
  • Major Emphasis: Early Childhood
  • Minor Emphasis: Child Clinical

Applicants ideally will have a background in clinical child and/or pediatric psychology with early childhood experience. This position offers a unique opportunity to become immersed in the very early years of 0-3 by providing services through Child Development Watch (CDW). CDW is a state funded 0-3 early intervention program with an emphasis on home-based and/or site based daycare observations and consultations. As the psychologist on-site one day per week, the post-doc is an active participant in multi-disciplinary developmental assessments which include other specialists from speech/language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, audiology and nursing. This family centered approach is based on a brief therapeutic model and is designed to enhance development of appropriate behavior management strategies as well as to allow for observations of the child in a naturalistic setting with familiar caregivers. Post-doctoral fellows spend approximately 40 percent of their clinical time associated with CDW either on site, completing family or day care visits, or completing related work at the hospital. Additional clinical time is focused on early childhood psychological assessment, outpatient consultation within our ACCESS clinic providing initial consultation to families and directing them to the appropriate resources in an efficient and accurate manner and therapy experiences with children evidencing feeding disorders and PCIT services.

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Autism Specific Child Clinical

Major Emphasis: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Minor Emphasis: Child Clinical

This position will primarily involve direct clinical care with ASD as a referral question, including diagnostic evaluations, comprehensive testing, ongoing treatment (both behavior-based and CBT), empirically validated group interventions for children and parents and exposure to patients with ASD in a medical setting. Additionally, the fellow will have the unique experience of participating in ongoing program development for 20 percent of their time, which includes collaboration with providers at Nemours, in the community and at school. 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, in order to best serve this population. 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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Neuropsychology/Rehab Medicine Track — 1 position
 
Neuropsychology

Major Emphasis:  Neuropsychology

This is a position with assessment, team collaboration, individual, group and family treatment as its main components. The capacity to work in a team environment as well as within a hospital environment is essential. Part of the position consists of work within a rehabilitation program, inpatient and a day hospital outpatient component, as well as short and long term follow up. The primary population is of children/teens with a brain based illness or injury. Traumatic brain injuries range from mild (concussions) to severe. Other aspects include neuropsychological testing with other populations, again brain based in nature. Experience in neuropsychological testing is necessary for this position. The post doctoral fellow specifically runs the psychology adjustment group for adolescents, for 3 sessions a week. Neuropsychological testing figures quite prominently in what we do but there is a substantial therapy component as well. This can be involved in either straight-forward adjustment work, or in devising and implementing strategies of remediation for more long-term cognitive deficits as well as behavioral programs.

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Integrated Behavioral Health — 1 position
 
Integrated Behavioral Health

Major Emphasis: Primary Care
Minor Emphases: Gastroenterology, Research

Applicants ideally will have a background in clinical child and/or pediatric psychology with interest/experience working in a primary care setting. Sixty percent of the fellow’s time will be spent off site in Nemours pediatric practices fully participating with pediatricians, nurses and medical residents in the model of integrated care. This position also offers the opportunity to spend one day (20 percent) on research related to primary care practice. The remaining 20 percent of this fellow’s time will be spent collaborating with our hospital based multidisciplinary Gastroenterology clinic providing consultation and treatment services.

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Pediatric Psychology Research Track — No positions available 2016-2017

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About Our Hospital in Delaware

The duPont Hospital for Children is a multispecialty, 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

Fellowship Coordinator
(302) 651-4500
colleen.sherman@nemours.org

Apply for This Fellowship

Application Requirements
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2016
  • 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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