Child Clinical Fellowships
The Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers 11 clinical postdoctoral fellowships beginning August or September 2020. Positions are open to graduates from American Psychological Association-approved doctoral programs who will have completed their internship training and all degree requirements by the start of fellowship. Fellowships are one year in duration unless otherwise noted. The fellowships offer clinical training under five categories: Pediatric Psychology, Integrated Primary Care, Child Clinical, the Autism Center and Neuropsychology. 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 scholarly inquiry and hospital grand rounds. Nemours, as an enterprise, is committed to the D.R.I.V.E. Strategy (Diversity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion, Value and Equity), and the fellow will be involved in a monthly diversity and cultural humility seminar, as well as specific grand rounds in diversity and cultural competence. Fellows also have opportunities to supervise other psychology trainees from our psychology externship and internship programs. Applicants are invited to apply for one or more positions.
Child Clinical: 2 Positions
Adolescent Specialty Care: Gender Wellness, Body Image and Eating Disorders, and Neurology
This fellowship will focus on specialized assessment, consultation and intervention treatment of a variety of areas that impact adolescents. This fellow will work to comprehensively support children and adolescents who identity as transgender or gender expansive (TGGE) from initial assessment to linkage with outpatient therapy and through to termination after meeting comprehensive treatment goals (including risk and safety interventions as needed). The fellow will receive additional training in empirically supported treatments for emotionally dysregulated teens, and teens struggling with body image concerns and eating disorders. Further, the fellow will get in-depth experience providing behavioral interventions such as Exposure/Response Prevention for OCD, BDD and anxiety spectrum disorders, and CBIT for tics/Tourette’s Disorder. The fellow will also take part in training in biofeedback and will carry a caseload of patients with whom a protocolized biofeedback treatment would be beneficial (i.e. panic disorders, anxiety with somatic symptoms, sleep problems). Finally, the fellow will have one day of protected research time focused on adolescent pediatric research. Research is mentored by Center for Healthcare Delivery Science faculty.
Emphasis on Early Childhood: Psychological Assessment, Community Based Autism Consultation, NICU Follow-Up Assessment and Behavioral Feeding Therapy
(This position participates in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities — LEND*)
Early Childhood fellows will have the opportunity to participate in multiple aspects of early childhood assessment and treatment. Experiences include assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder through the State of Delaware early intervention program Child Development Watch (children with developmental delays ages birth to three). Under the supervision of a psychologist, the fellow will spend one day per week completing autism-specific assessment for children 0-3 years of age through CDW. Additionally, this position provides the opportunity to work closely with the CDW team throughout the process. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assessments are completed via telehealth, but may be provided in the CDW clinics should restrictions and safety protocols change. Additional experiences included in the Early Childhood fellowship include comprehensive psychological testing for children birth to six and developmental assessments for children at high risk for developmental disabilities including NICU graduates (NICU Follow-Up Program) and those with a history of craniosynostosis. While traditionally all experiences were offered in person, due to the ongoing pandemic we have started to incorporate more virtual visits.
The fellow will participate in our interdisciplinary feeding clinic. This clinic provides the opportunity to work with other medical providers during consultations for children presenting with chronic feeding difficulties, often in the context of complex medical histories. Additionally, the fellow will gain experience in providing behavioral feeding consultations and therapy. Consultations and ongoing follow-up will be provided via telehealth and/or in person based on continued COVID-19 guidelines. Finally, this fellow, along with our two autism fellows, will participate in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND*). The program will include specialized didactics, interdisciplinary clinical opportunities in both the medical field and in the community, partnership with families and a capstone research project. It is anticipated that the LEND fellows will spend one day a week dedicated to LEND activities.