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Psychology Fellowships

The Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers 11 postdoctoral fellowships beginning August 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 Behavioral Health, 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, diversity and cultural competence, research and scholarly inquiry, and hospital grand rounds. 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.

Nemours/ Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Nemours.org) offers a competitive salary and benefits package; fellows will be responsible for fees associated with psychological assistant certification per Delaware requirements. duPont Hospital for Children is an Equal Employment Opportunity Facility and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender.

Nemours is an open and welcoming place to work, and values diversity in all its forms. Additionally, Nemours aspires to have its workforce and providers reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. Candidates of diverse backgrounds, Spanish-speaking applicants, and those committed to working with diverse populations and conversant in multicultural issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have completed all degree requirements for their PhD/PsyD and a predoctoral internship from programs accredited by the American Psychological Association by August 2020. If the applicants’ degree is not conferred by this deadline, a letter from the graduate program’s Director of Clinical Training is sufficient.

For all positions except Neuropsychology, the deadline for applications is Friday, December 13, 2019. Offers for interviews will be extended by December 20, 2019. On-site interviews will be held between January 27 and February 7, 2020. We adhere to the uniform notification date of February 24, 2020. Documentation for all positions except Neuropsychology should be submitted to Megan Cohen, PhD.

Overview

Postdoctoral Fellowship Tracks

Pediatric Psychology Track: 4 Positions

 
Emphasis in Cardiology With Minor Rotation in Hematology and Oncology

This fellowship position provides 70 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. There will be a minor rotation including Oncology consultation and therapy. The fellow will provide services within the Department of Hematology and Oncology, which is a multidisciplinary program for treating youth with a wide range of diagnoses such as brain tumor, bone tumors, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and patients who are in remission from cancer. Clinical activities include interdisciplinary intake evaluations, outpatient therapy with a focus on cognitive behavioral, acceptance, and family systems approaches, and collaboration with other providers.

Supervisors: Erica Sood, PhD, Karen Wohlheiter, PhD

 
Emphasis on Adherence Within Interdisciplinary Diabetes and Weight Management Clinics

Applicants ideally will have a background in child clinical and/or pediatric psychology with interest/experience participating on a hospital-based endocrinology and/or weight management team. The fellow will join the diabetes collaborative clinic, an interdisciplinary diabetes clinic, and will carry an outpatient therapy caseload of children presenting with adherence or coping concern with diabetes or other chronic illness. The fellow will also participate in our interdisciplinary weight management clinic, where families with children and adolescents struggling with obesity are evaluated and treated. The fellow will be trained in delivering adolescent bariatric surgery evaluations, and they will carry a caseload of adolescents participating in the bariatric program. The fellow will also have one day per week devoted to adherence research.

Supervisors: Jennifer Shroff Pendley, PhD, Christina Cammarata, PhD, Megan Cohen, PhD

 
Emphasis on Managing Chronic Illness Across Systems: First State School, Pediatric Assessment and Chronic Illness

This position provides a unique experience for the fellow 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 fellow will spend half time at the First State School and will be responsible for program development as part of the position. Learn More About This »

The fellow will also provide psychological assessment with children and adolescents (pre-school to 18 years) diagnosed with, or suspected of having, developmental disabilities, including developmental delay, intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. To round out the experience, the fellow will provide consultation and treatment with a variety of chronic illness populations referred for psychology services at duPont Hospital for Children.

Supervisors: Steven Reader, PhD, Stephanie Chopko, PhD

 
Emphasis in Integrated Pain and Wellness With Minor Rotations in Inpatient Consultation-Liaison Psychology and Outpatient Intervention

This fellowship offers training within the Integrated Pain and Wellness Program, an interdisciplinary outpatient pediatric chronic pain clinic. Physicians, psychologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and integrative services (e.g., massage) work together on an interdisciplinary team. This position primarily involves outpatient clinical work treating youth with a wide range of chronic pain conditions including (but not limited to) headaches, abdominal pain, postconcussive syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome, autonomic disorders and generalized pain. Clinical activities include interdisciplinary intake evaluations, outpatient therapy with a focus on cognitive behavioral, acceptance, and family systems approaches, and collaboration with schools and other providers. There will also be one day devoted to pain-related research. Minor rotations include participation in the hospital-wide Inpatient Psychology Consultation-Liaison Service working with a number of medical teams who request psychological consultation for medically hospitalized youth with a variety of presenting concerns. The fellow will also have the opportunity to gain additional breadth in outpatient intervention or fill training gaps by providing evidence-based care to patients with diverse medical and/or behavioral health concerns.

Supervisors: Katherine S. Salamon, PhD, Johanna Carpenter, PhD


Integrated Behavioral Health: 2 Positions

The Integrated Primary Care program focuses on providing training within the integrated primary care setting, providing direct services within a patient’s medical home. We currently have 14 pediatric psychologists embedded in our primary care clinics across the state of Delaware. The Integrated Behavioral Health fellowships offer the opportunity to work in 2 different primary care clinics as well as complete a minor rotation focusing on providing liaison services between our integrated primary care clinics and other behavioral health teams. In addition to clinical training, Integrated Behavioral Health fellows spend one day per week engaged in research activities. Fellows in the Integrated Behavioral Health fellowship will receive a well-rounded training experience by getting in-depth integrated primary care training while also developing an area of specialty in linking systems of care. Opportunities for individualizing the fellowship experience are provided through the day dedicated to research, as well as the selection of 1 major rotation, 1 IPC minor and 1 Specialty Link minor. Applicants ideally will have a background in clinical child and/or pediatric psychology with interest/experience working in a primary care setting.

 
Choose 1 Major Rotation

1. Urban Primary Care
This rotation will focus on providing services within the Jessup Street clinic, an urban clinic in the heart of Wilmington, two days per week. The clinic serves a majority of families from Black/African American backgrounds. This clinic also engages in training of medical students, thus opportunities for cross-training are provided.
Supervisor: Roger Harrison, PhD

2. Suburban Primary Care
This rotation includes two days in the Newark clinic. Located five miles from the University of Delaware and one mile from the Maryland border, this clinic serves families from diverse backgrounds in terms of race/ethnicity, country of origin and SES.
Supervisor: Megan Cohen, PhD

 
Choose 1 IPC Minor

1. IPC Minor Rotation: Suburban
This minor rotation focuses on providing care in our Foulk Road clinic, located two miles away from the hospital in North Wilmington. Opportunities for direct patient care as well as medical education for staff are provided. Foulk Road serves families from a variety of racial and SES backgrounds.
Supervisor: Meghan Lines, PhD

2. IPC Minor Rotation: Rural Outreach
This minor rotation focuses on providing care in our downstate IPC clinics, where focusing on direct service delivery in rural mental health and telehealth services is needed. This minor is flexible and may take place in the Dover or Milford sites.
Supervisors: Leah Orchinik, PhD, Danika Perry, PsyD

3. IPC Minor Rotation: Latinx Immersion
This minor rotation focuses on providing direct services within the Saint Francis Primary Care clinic. This clinic is located in center-city Wilmington, and is the medical home for a large population of Latinx families. This fellowship provides opportunity to develop clinical skills in Spanish and attend bilingual supervision seminars.
Supervisor: Cheyenne Hughes-Reid, PhD

 
Choose 1 Behavioral Health Minor Rotation

1. Specialty Minor Rotation: Early Childhood Assessment Linkage
This minor rotation focuses on psychological assessment with young children (ages 2–7). Presenting concerns include developmental delays, significant behavioral and/or social-emotional challenges, and/or autism spectrum disorder.
Supervisor: Colleen Sherman, PhD

2. Specialty Minor Rotation: Autism Linkage
This minor rotation offers a fellow the ability to develop skills in early identification and treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. Concerns for autism spectrum disorder often first arise within the primary care office, thus, developing skills in linking systems of care for children with ASD is an important area for a primary care psychologist. The fellowship will provide training in brief behavioral intervention for ASD, as well as training in the STAT (Screening Tool for Toddlers and Young Children).
Supervisor: Emily Bernabe, PhD

3. Specialty Minor Rotation: Trauma Linkage
This minor rotation provides specialty training in providing trauma-based consultation and evidence-based trauma-informed intervention. The fellow will be provided training and supervision in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), body safety and providing trauma-informed care in IPC. Typical trauma types are likely to include sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, medical illness, community violence and traumatic grief. Opportunities for providing assessment and treatment of children with problem sexual behaviors may be available.
Supervisors: Allison Dovi, PhD, Elizabeth Gravallese-Anderson, PsyD, Hannah Jones, PhD

4. Specialty Minor Rotation: Pediatric Specialty Care Linkage
This minor rotation provides specialty training in working with children and their families with chronic illness. Areas of specialty may include pain, concussion, sleep, and/or gastrointestinal disorders.
Supervisors: Kira Branch, PsyD, Johanna Carpenter, PhD, Maia Noeder, PhD, Katherine S. Salamon, PhD


Child Clinical: 2 Positions

 
Emphasis on Adolescence: Gender Wellness, Adolescent Medicine, Assessment, Consultation and Therapy

A fellow entering the combined Gender Wellness and Child Clinical fellowship will be provided with a specialty care patient experience blended with specialized child clinical training designed to provide fellows with breadth and depth across a number of areas. 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 rapid case conceptualization and triage through a family consultation clinic, carry an outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy caseload to fine tune child clinical skills, and be provided with training in group therapy utilizing the Unified Protocol for Children and Adolescents. The fellow will 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). To round out this experience, the fellow would complete comprehensive psychological evaluations with adolescents and with patients from our international medicine program, who travel to Nemours to receive this service, as it is not available in their country of origin.

Supervisors: Cami Winkelspecht, PhD, Anthony Alioto, PhD, and Susan Klostermann, PhD.

 
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*)
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 within which assessment of autism spectrum disorder is newly integrated. The fellow will be an active participant in these multidisciplinary developmental assessments. Additional clinical time is focused on early childhood developmental assessments for children at high risk for developmental disabilities, including NICU graduates and those with a history of craniosynostosis. The fellow will participate in our interdisciplinary feeding clinic. The feeding clinic is housed in a state-of-the-art therapeutic kitchen and dining space that includes opportunities for real-time observation of family meals. 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.

Supervisors: Colleen Sherman, PhD, Stephanie Chopko, PhD, Ally Davis, PhD.


Autism Spectrum Disorder Fellowship Positions – 2 positions 

We are seeking applicants for two fellowship positions in Behavioral Health and the Swank Autism Center at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. The Swank Autism Center provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with ASD up to age 18 years. Clinical services are interdisciplinary and collaborative with joint medical and psychology leadership. Postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to work with other members of the Swank Autism Center interdisciplinary team, including clinical rounding, ADOS reliability meetings and opportunities in interdisciplinary clinics. We are excited to offer two positions. Each position includes 1) clinical care and 2) community involvement. Additionally both postdoctoral fellows will participate in 3) the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)*.

 
Major Emphasis: Clinical Care

Both ASD positions will primarily involve direct clinical care with ASD as a referral question, including diagnostic evaluations, comprehensive testing, ongoing treatment (both parent-mediated and CBT), empirically validated group interventions for children and parents, and exposure to patients with ASD in a medical setting. 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 commonly presenting within this population.  Applicants ideally will have a documented interest and clinical experience in ASD; although ADOS-2 training is not required, it is preferred. Applicants will be able to choose between a menu of other clinical opportunities, including work in an interdisciplinary autism-feeding clinic, exposure to different parent-mediated treatment protocols or work with patients with ASD and other medical complexity.  

 
Minor Emphasis: Community Tracks

Position 1:
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) in Southern Delaware. CDW is a state funded 0–3 early intervention program. Under the supervision of a psychologist, the fellow will spend one day per week as an active participant in a multi-disciplinary developmental assessment, completing autism-specific assessment in children 0–3 years of age.  

Position 2:
This position offers the opportunity to be involved in the Swank Autism Center’s Families First Program. Families First is a parent workshop series for families of newly diagnosed children of age 7 and under. Workshops are offered on Saturday mornings about once per month and are designed to teach caregivers skills to use at home and in community settings. Additionally, this fellow will also have the opportunity to provide community-based consultation for children enrolled in Early Head Start in Wilmington, Delaware.

*LEND

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship program is an interdisciplinary training program for healthcare professionals and family members of children with chronic developmental conditions. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and the University of Delaware, along with other community organizations, have partnered together to develop unique didactic, training and clinical experiences to create leaders in systems delivery for children with special needs and their families. 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. LEND is supported by a grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There are more than 40 LEND programs in the United States, and this is the first LEND program in Delaware.

Supervisors: Laura Dewey, PhD, Emily Bernabe, PhD, Colleen Sherman, PhDStephanie Chopko, PhD


Neuropsychology Fellowship Opportunities

The neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at Nemours will have the opportunity to refine their diagnostic skill set through experiences in learning how to integrate medical, neurological and psychological information, neuropsychological and psychological evaluations, educational data, clinical interview and history. The fellowship is designed to span two years and is for those seeking a career as a scientist/practitioner in clinical pediatric neuropsychology. This fellowship is structured to conform to the Houston Conference guidelines on training and education and, although not an APPCN program, is participating in the match process through the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). The fellow will be involved in clinical work through both the general outpatient services and some directed clinical experiences. The outpatient program receives referrals from pediatric neurologists, pediatricians, schools and mental health providers with questions of differential diagnosis and treatment planning for a wide range of patients with neurological, medical, developmental or psychiatric issues. There is also the potential for the fellow to be involved in specific clinical experiences, such as Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Rehabilitation, and/or Pediatric Concussion. To ensure that the fellow receives a high level of clinical training in pediatric neuropsychology, our program provides clinical experience (70%), research experience (20%) as well as didactic experiences (10%). Fellows will receive a minimum of 2 hours of supervision per week and participate in clinical group supervision. Other opportunities for more informal supervision also exist. The program has an emphasis on professional development that is achieved through teaching, didactic seminars and interdisciplinary collaboration. We will be conducting interviews at the 2020 INS conference in Denver. There is also an option to interview at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children if desired. 

Neuropsychology Section: Terry Harrison-Goldman, EdD (Program Director), Maya Zayat, PsyD, Greg Witkin, PhD, Laura Freeman, PhD, Danielle Bosenbark, PhD

Please forward all application materials to Terry Harrison-Goldman, EdD (terry.harrison-goldman@nemours.org, Clinical and Program Training Director of Neuropsychology). Completed materials should include CV, Statement of Interest and Future Goals, Official Graduate Transcript, three letters of recommendation, copies of two neuropsychological evaluation reports and APPCN Doctoral Training Verification form (available through APPCN website). Deadline for applications is December 23, 2019. Interviews typically take place at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, although on-site or electronic interviewing is an option before and after INS. As noted above, we are participating in the 2020 match (#8961). For further information please contact the Program Director, Terry Harrison-Goldman, EdD. Interviews will be scheduled following review of applications. 


Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Within the Center for Health Care Delivery Science

(Note: We are not recruiting a research fellow for the 2020-2021 Training Year)

The Center for Health Care Delivery Science (CHDS) at Nemours Children’s Health System invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship, starting in July or September 2019. Health care 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 health care. Nemours has invested generously in the center’s activities and several substantial multidisciplinary research initiatives are in progress. Fellows will contribute actively to the early growth of CHDS toward the fulfillment of its mission. Fellows may be from a variety of disciplines, including clinical or developmental psychology, social sciences or nursing. We are seeking individuals interested in research on psychosocial factors associated with pediatric healthcare outcomes who aspire to academic research careers.

The fellow will be based at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (N/AIDHC) in Wilmington, Delaware and mentored on research by our faculty, led by Anne E. Kazak, Ph.D. and Melissa Alderfer, Ph.D. CHDS research is family and systems based across a range of pediatric illnesses including cancer, cardiology, diabetes, neuromuscular disorders, 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 their own research projects and will receive mentored guidance in the preparation of manuscripts and development of grant proposals.

All CHDS Fellows participate in training opportunities with other Fellows in Psychology and with other divisions across the Nemours system. For a Fellow seeking psychology licensure, 20 percent time will be devoted to clinical work in the Division of Behavioral Health at duPont Hospital. These applicants should have completed a Ph.D. and pre-doctoral internship from programs accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Nemours offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Required application materials include:

  • Current CV
  • A letter summarizing your qualifications and career goals
  • Letters of recommendation from two current/former supervisors.

These items should be sent to Dana Berger. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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

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Megan Cohen, PhD

megan.cohen@nemours.org

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Application Requirements
Deadline: December 13, 2019
  • curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest summarizing your qualifications, research/clinical interests, career goals and the specific position(s) you're seeking. You may apply to more than one.
  • two letters of recommendation
  • letter from DCT indicating status of dissertation defense or other relative degree requirements by start of fellowship

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