Pediatric Psychology 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.
Pediatric Psychology Track: 4 Positions
Emphasis in Cardiology With Minor Rotation in Hematology and Oncology
This fellowship position provides 60% 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. Additional opportunities to provide psychological care within other intensive care units (e.g., PICU, NICU) may also be available.
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 the primary liaison to the Type 2 Diabetes clinic within Weight Management. They will also 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.
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, 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, and 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. The fellow will also provide 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. To round out the experience, the fellow will choose a specialty care minor. This minor will be the equivalent of one day of clinical experience, and it can include a focus on pain, concussion, sleep, audiology, developmental disabilities and/or gastrointestinal disorders. Learn More
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.
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 rotation includes participation in the hospital-wide Inpatient Psychology Consultation-Liaison Service, working with a number of medical teams that 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.