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Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowships at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Director of Training: Carisa Parrish, Ph.D

The Pediatric Medical Psychology Program at Johns Hopkins is expecting openings for a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship. Within our one-year pediatric psychology fellowship, fellows will complete rotations in outpatient multidisciplinary pediatric clinics, inpatient consultation/liaison, emergency department, and day hospital. Outpatient multidisciplinary specialty clinics will focus on brief, evidence-based screening and treatment of health behaviors and coping with medical conditions, described further below. Inpatient consults will focus on behavioral support during pediatric medical hospitalizations. Emergency department consultations will provide behavioral and emotional support during psychiatric ED encounters (e.g., assessment of risk, problem solving, safety planning, parental behavioral management of child). Day hospital rotation includes milieu behavioral support, assessment of child symptoms and family functioning, and provision of group therapy (i.e., CBT, DBT skills training) and behavioral parent therapy. All rotations will involve active coordination with multidisciplinary teams throughout John Hopkins Children’s Center. Fellows will consult with medical providers (e.g., pediatric specialists, surgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners), multidisciplinary teams (e.g., psychiatrists, nursing, child life specialists, social workers), and families to optimize adherence, improve pain management, enhance adjustment/coping with various medical conditions, and evaluate/treat comorbid psychopathology.

Fellows will participate in outpatient medical/surgical and mental health clinics, delivering evidence-based assessment and behavioral therapies for issues related to adherence to medical recommendations, preparation for transplant/surgical procedures, coping with medical stress, anxiety, inattention/hyperactivity, disruptive behaviors, and mood problems. All clinical services and settings require strong foundation in evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention, and appreciation of the importance of empirical data in assessing and monitoring treatment outcomes. In addition to our involvement with Child/Adolescent Psychiatry division, fellows may participate within multidisciplinary clinics within the divisions of General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Otolaryngology, Urology, GI, Burn, Dermatology, Surgery, Oncology, Nephrology/Transplant, and Cardiology. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to provide assessments of cognitive/intellectual functioning, executive functioning, academic achievement, and psychological/emotional/social functioning in youth with medical and/or psychiatric difficulties. To complement specialty training in pediatric psychology, fellows will receive supervision in delivery of empirically-supported treatments (e.g., CBT, PMT, Ex/RP, MI, DBT).

While the focus of our fellowship is clinical, all fellows will be involved in research as well. Research opportunities emphasize topics within pediatric psychology (e.g., coping with chronic illness, adjustment following injury, psychological profiles of youth with specific medical problems) and developmental psychopathology (e.g., predictors of pediatric suicidal behavior, emotion regulation).

The minimum stipend for an entry-level position is $53,760 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. Fellows may be invited to stay a second year based upon performance and mutual agreement.

Interested applicants must complete all requirements for a doctorate in child clinical, pediatric, counseling, or school psychology prior to the start date of August 1, 2022 (later start dates will be considered). Review of applications will begin December 6, 2021. We expect to host interviews remotely (e.g., via zoom) on Fridays in January 2022. We will follow APPIC recommendations guidelines for the selection and application process, and we will adhere to the Uniform Notification Date. We encourage all applicants to carefully review the APPIC guidelines as well. Only applications submitted electronically through the APPA-CAS system will be considered (located at, and timely submission of materials is encouraged. Please direct inquiries to Carisa Parrish, Ph.D., Director of Training, via email: (please note “Fellowship Application Question – [Your Name]” in the subject line to minimize overlooked emails). Submission of incomplete materials may result in delayed review. We do not require transcripts for the interview process but will require them for degree verification once accepted to the fellowship.

US News and World Report has rated Johns Hopkins Hospital as the #1 hospital 22 times (including 21 years in a row, 1991-2011). Within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers a one-year postdoctoral fellowship designed to provide supervised experiences in Pediatric Psychology and Child Clinical Psychology. Nearly 90% of previous fellows acquired initial positions as faculty or staff at Johns Hopkins or other academic medical centers; approximately 75% are currently in academic settings. Moreover, many faculty and staff psychologists have developed programmatic initiatives within Johns Hopkins (e.g., multidisciplinary teams with pediatric medical subspecialties, child clinical specialty programs) or have developed similar programs elsewhere. While the focus of our fellowship is clinical, all fellows will be involved in research as well. Divisional research opportunities emphasize topics within pediatric psychology (e.g., coping with chronic illness, adjustment following injury, psychological profiles of youth with specific medical problems) and developmental psychopathology (e.g., predictors of pediatric suicidal behavior, emotion regulation). Didactic training includes weekly Grand Rounds and research conferences offered by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; in addition, there are weekly divisional research and clinical seminars provided. The clinical focus of the fellowship includes consultation, assessment, and treatment services provided to clinically impaired youth who are served by our inpatient, day hospital, and outpatient programs. We provide pediatric behavioral medicine services through integrated medical subspecialty clinics and as part of our outpatient child clinical/pediatric psychology clinic. We serve a diverse population of families from urban, suburban, and rural settings, range of SES, range of ethnic diversity, developmental stage (infant-young adult), referral concerns, and disease presentation.

About the area: Johns Hopkins is located on the downtown medical campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore is located near the Chesapeake Bay and within driving distance of several beaches in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. Founded in 1729, Baltimore is the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Baltimore's Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and is now home to restaurants, shopping, and outdoor entertainment. Baltimore is known for its neighborhoods throughout the city (Fells Point, Canton, Mt Vernon, Charles Village, Federal Hill, Patterson Park, Mt Washington, Hampden) with many unique restaurants and local attractions. Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University serve as the city's top two employers. Over 620,000 residents count Baltimore as home, with approximately 2.7 million residents living in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Baltimore is conveniently located near several major mid-Atlantic cities, including Washington, DC and Philadelphia.

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