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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Psychology

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Director of Training: Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D

The Pediatric Medical Psychology Program at Johns Hopkins is within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The training program operates in the top-rated hospital in the country (22 years as #1 as rated by U.S. News and World Report) as well one of the best children's hospitals in the nation.

The two-year postdoctoral fellowship is designed to provide supervised experiences in child clinical and pediatric psychology. Over 80% of previous fellows have remained as faculty or staff at Johns Hopkins or have pursued positions at other academic medical centers. Many faculty and staff psychologists have developed programmatic initiatives within Johns Hopkins, for example, multidisciplinary teams with pediatric medical subspecialties or child clinical specialty clinics.

While the focus of our fellowship is clinical, all fellows will be involved with research as well. Divisional research opportunities emphasize topics within developmental psychopathology (e.g., ADHD, OCD, Tourettes, emotion regulation, health risk behavior) and pediatric psychology (e.g., coping with chronic illness). Didactic training includes weekly Grand Rounds and research conferences offered by the Department. In addition, there are weekly divisional research and clinical seminars.

The clinical focus of the fellowship includes assessment, consultation, and treatment services provided to clinically impaired youth who are served by our divisions'inpatient, day hospital, and outpatient programs. We work with youth as part of our clinical child psychology clinics as well as pediatric behavioral medicine through our medical subspecialty clinics. We serve a diverse population of families from urban, suburban, and rural settings, a range of socioeconomic economic setting, and range of ethnic diversity and ages (infant-young adult), referral concern, and disease presentation. Over the course of the two-year fellowship, all fellows will complete supervised experiences in two concentrations:

Child Clinical Psychology: The full range of psychopathology is represented within these programs. Within the fellowship, clinical supervision is offered by nationally recognized experts in the following disorders:  Tics and Tourette syndrome, Depression, ADHD, OCD, and other Anxiety Disorders. Fellows will receive training in assessment of cognitive/intellectual functioning, executive functioning, academic achievement, and psychological/emotional/social functioning.  Fellows will also receive supervision/training in delivery of empirically-supported treatments for a range of psychological disorders (e.g., CBT, PMT, Ex/RP, DBT).

Pediatric Medical Psychology: Our fellows have the opportunity to work with youth who present with a range of medical conditions. In particular, the fellow will participate within multidisciplinary clinics within the departments of General Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, Otolaryngology, Urology, GI, Burn, Dermatology, Oncology, and Cardiology. Many of these clinics are highly ranked within the top 5 for their specialty. Fellows will consult with medical providers and families to optimize adherence, improve pain management, and enhance adjustment/coping with various medical conditions.

The minimum stipend for an entry level position is $36,996 plus health insurance (based on NIH guidelines; the exact stipend may be adjusted for cost of living increases). The fellow is afforded 2 weeks of vacation; additional time is provided for sick leave and to attend at least one professional conference.

Interested applicants must complete all requirements for a doctorate in child clinical, pediatric, counseling, or school psychology prior to the start date of September 1, 2014. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013 and continue until the positions are filled. A complete application should include vita, letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, and updated list of assessment experiences (copy of APPIC along with a list of the respective test names and number of times the test was administered and interpreted). Only electronically submitted applications will be considered, and early submission of materials is encouraged.  

Send complete application to Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D., Director of Training, via email: (please note “Fellowship Application – [Your Name]” in the subject line and be sure to include all application materials in one email).  Submission of incomplete materials may result in delayed review.

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