Psychology Fellowships

The Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers nine, 12-month postdoctoral fellowships in pediatric psychology/behavioral health, beginning Sept. 1, 2015. Fellowship 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 a number of various 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 the postdoctoral student a unique, immersive experience 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 multidisciplinary developmental assessments that include specialists from speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, audiology and nursing. This coordinated, family-centered approach allows for child observations in a natural setting with familiar caregivers, and is based on a brief therapeutic model designed to enhance development of appropriate behavior management strategies.

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

Clinical Experience

As an early childhood fellow, you’ll spend approximately 40 percent of your clinical time with Child Development Watch (CDW) either performing on-site 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. 

Neuropsychology Fellowship
  • Major Emphasis: Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Minor Emphasis: Neuropsychological Consultation and Therapy Services

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 exceptional ability to work in a team environment within a hospital setting.

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

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. 

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 in the hospital’s fast-paced Access clinic consulting with families and accurately (and efficiently) directing them to appropriate resources. 

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

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

This 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. 

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

This 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 neuropsychological assessment and working with the gastroenterology team to provide services to children and teens with a variety of functional GI disorders, including:

  • abdominal pain
  • inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • encopresis
Pediatric Psychology (First State School, Craniofacial)
  • Major Emphasis: First State School
  • Minor Emphasis: Craniofacial
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
Craniofacial and Access Clinic Experiences

The rest of your time is spent participating in the multidisciplinary craniofacial 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.

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

This Pediatric Psychology Fellowship offers opportunities to work with children who have behavioral issues that can compromise their medical care.

As the pediatric psychology fellow, you will spend two days a week providing clinical assessment, consultation and therapy services to infants and children (and their families) who are referred by our cardiology and cardio-surgery programs. You will also spend one day a week involved with cardiac research. Additionally, there is the opportunity to provide psychological consultation services to the solid organ transplant team (e.g., kidney and liver).

Additional Clinical Experiences

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

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

This position will primarily involve direct clinical care with 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, the fellow will have the unique experience of participating in ongoing program development, 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.

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.

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

The Center for Healthcare Delivery Science (CHDS) at Nemours Pediatric Healthcare System invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral psychology fellowship, starting in September 2015. The ChDS is a new research center across the Nemours 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.

Additional 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. The fellow will be based at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (N/AIDHC) in Wilmington, Del. He/She will be mentored on research by Dr. Melissa A. Alderfer, participating in family-based research in a range of pediatric illnesses possibly including oncology, cardiology, genetics, and palliative care. The fellow will also collaborate with other multidisciplinary investigators from the CHDS and throughout the Nemours children’s health system in the Delaware Valley and Florida. The Fellow is expected to develop his/her own research projects and will receive mentored guidance in the preparation of manuscripts and development of grant proposals. Approximately 25 percent of the fellow’s time will be devoted to clinical work in the Division of Behavioral Health at N/AIDHC. The fellow will also participate in training opportunities with other fellows in the Division of Behavioral Health and will accrue the hours necessary for licensure by the completion of fellowship.

  • Melissa A. Alderfer, PhD

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

Email is the preferred method of contact.

Apply for This Fellowship

Application Requirements
Deadline: Jan. 2, 2015
  • curriculum vitae
  • two letters of recommendation
  • For the Neuropsychology position, please include a sample de-identified neuropsychological report

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