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Psychology Fellowships

The Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers 12 postdoctoral fellowships beginning August 2019. Positions are open to graduates from American Psychology Association-approved doctoral programs who have already completed their internship training and all degree requirements. Fellowships are 1 year in duration, unless otherwise noted. The fellowships offer clinical training under six categories Pediatric Psychology, Integrated Behavioral Health, Child Clinical, Neuropsychology, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) and Research (Center for Health Care Delivery Science). 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.

For all positions EXCEPT Neuropsychology and Research, the deadline for applications is Friday, December 14. 2018. Offers for interviews will be extended by 12/21/18. Onsite interviews will be held between January 21 and February 1, 2019. All documentation for these 10 positions should be submitted to Colleen Sherman, PhD, Director of Fellowship Training.

Overview

Postdoctoral Fellowship Tracks

Pediatric Psychology Track: 4 Positions

 
Major Emphasis: Cardiology / Minor Emphases: Hem/Onc, Medical Trauma

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. Minor rotations will include Oncology consultation and therapy. The fellow will provide services within the Department of Hematology and Oncology Program, 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

 
Major Emphasis: Diabetes / Minor Emphases: Weight Management

Applicants ideally will have a background in child clinical and/or pediatric psychology with interest/experience participating on a hospital based Endocrinology team. The fellow will join the Diabetes Collaborative Clinic, an interdisciplinary diabetes clinic. 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-focused research. The fellow will participate in clinical work within our multidisciplinary Weight Management Clinic where families with children and adolescents struggling with obesity are evaluated and treated.

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

 
Major Emphasis: First State School / Minor Emphasis: Assessment, Chronic Illness

This position provides an 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. https://christianacare.org/services/firststateschool. The fellow will spend half time at the First State School and the remaining time will be split between psychological assessment with children and adolescents (preschool to 18 years) diagnosed with or suspected of having developmental disabilities, including developmental delay, intellectual disability, and autism spectrum disorder, and general chronic illness consultation and treatment. Learn More About The First State School at Wilmington Hospital (Christiana Care Health System) »

Supervisors: Steven Reader, PhDStephanie Chopko, PhD

 
Major Emphasis: Pain / Minor Emphasis: Consultation and Liaison Service

This fellowship offers training within the Integrated Pain and Wellness Program, which is a multidisciplinary 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, post-concussive 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, collaboration with schools and other providers. There will also be one day devoted to pain related research. Minor rotations will include participation in the hospital-wide Consultation and Liaison Service working with a number of medical teams who request behavioral health consultation for inpatients with a variety of presenting concerns and consultation. The fellow will provide inpatient psychological consultation and brief treatment for C&L patients.

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


Integrated Behavioral Health: 2 Position

 
Major Emphasis: Primary Care / Minor Emphasis: ASD Treatment

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 on research related to primary care practice. The remaining 20 percent of this fellow’s time will be spent engaging in therapy within  Swank Autism Center.

Supervisors: Megan Cohen, PhD, Meghan Lines, PhD, Emily Bernabe, PhD

 
Major Emphasis: Primary Care / Minor Emphasis: Child Clinical

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 on research related to primary care practice. For the remaining 20% time, the fellow will have the opportunity to focus on and develop deeper expertise in a specific clinical area (e.g., depression, anxiety).

Supervisors: Megan Cohen, PhD, Roger Harrison, PhD, Cami Winkelspecht, PhD


Child Clinical: 1 Position

 
Adolescent Medicine, Assessment, Transgender Health, Consultation and Therapy

This fellowship offers training across a broad range of child clinical experiences. The Adolescent Medicine clinic is a hospital based multidisciplinary clinic where the psychologist collaborates with the team in providing outpatient consultation and therapy services. The psychological assessment portion of this position is focused on early childhood assessment with children ages 2-7 years presenting with developmental delays, significant behavioral and/or social-emotional challenges, and/or autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, this fellow will provide initial consultation and brief early childhood focused outpatient treatment services. The remaining time will be spent within the multi-disciplinary Gender Wellness Clinic providing clinic based consultation and outpatient treatment services.

Supervisors: Cami Winkelspecht, PhD, Anthony Alioto, PhD, Colleen Sherman, PhD


LEND Tracks: Three Positions Total

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 three 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.

Additionally, one position is partially supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, "Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Other Developmental Disabilities".

 
Major Emphasis: Early Childhood / Minor Emphasis: NICU, Early Head Start Consultation

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. The fellow spends approximately 40 percent of their clinical time associated with CDW either on-site, completing family or day care visits, or completing Autism specific brief evaluations. 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 craniosynostenosis. This fellow will also have the opportunity to provide community based consultation for children enrolled in Early Head Start and hospital based Parent Child Interaction Therapy experiences with clinicians skilled in that structured approach to parent behavior management.

Supervisors: Colleen Sherman, PhD, Stephanie Chopko, PhD, Christina Cammarata, PhD

 
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.   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.   One day per week will be devoted to outpatient consultation and treatment of feeding disorders with children on the Autism Spectrum.  Applicants ideally will have a documented interest and clinical experience in ASD; although ADOS-2 training is not required, it is preferred.

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

 
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Early Childhood / Minor Emphasis: Feeding Consultation and Treatment, Primary Care ASD Assessment

This position will involve direct clinical care with children 0-3 years of age served by Child Development Watch in southern Delaware two days/week providing Autism assessments and related brief treatment. Within our hospital setting the fellow will participate in outpatient behavioral feeding evaluations and will join the multidisciplinary feeding clinic team to provided both consultative and therapeutic services for children presenting with a wide range of medically complex to avoidant feeding behaviors that compromise growth and development. Lastly, this fellow will be involved in our newly evolving two-tier autism assessment within primary care settings across the state of Delaware. Applicants ideally will have a documented interest and clinical experience in ASD; although ADOS-2 training is not required, it is preferred.

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


Neuropsychology and Research Fellowship Opportunities

Neuropsychology
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/rotations, such as Pediatric Hematology/Oncology rotation, Pediatric Cardiology rotation, Pediatric Epilepsy rotation, Pediatric Rehabilitation rotation and/or Pediatric Concussion rotation. To ensure that the fellow receives a high level of clinical training in pediatric neuropsychology, our program provides clinical experience (70 percent), research experience (20 percent) as well as didactic experiences (10 percent). 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 2019 INS conference in New York, NY., as well as at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Neuropsychology Section: Terry Harrison-Goldman, Ed.D. (Program Director), Maya Zayat, Psy.D., Greg Witkin, PhD., Laura Freeman, PhD, Danielle Bosenbark, Ph.D.

Please forward all application materials to Terry Harrison-Goldman, Ed.D. (Clinical and Program Training Director of Neuropsychology). Completed materials should include CV, Statement of interest and future goals, Official Graduate Transcript and 3 letters of recommendation. Deadline for applications is December 14, 2018. Interviews typically take place at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, although onsite or electronic interviewing is an option before and after INS as an option. As noted above, we are participating in the 2019 match.

For further information please contact the Program Director, Terry Harrison-Goldman, Ed.D. Interviews will be scheduled following review of applications.


Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Within the Center for Health Care Delivery Science

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.

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.

Nemours is an Equal Employment Opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender.

About Our Hospital

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 Nemours/Alfred I. 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

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

Apply for This Fellowship

Application Requirements
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018
  • curriculum vitae
  • letter summarizing your qualifications, research/clinical interests, career goals and the specific position(s) you're seeking (can be more than one)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • letter from DCT indicating status on track for dissertation defense by start of fellowship

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