Department of Psychiatry | Psychology Fellowship Program

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Boston Children's Hospital is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the world, and the primary pediatric teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. Boston Children's Hospital Department of Psychiatry consists of more than 300 psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and trainees in the various disciplines. The psychology program at Boston Children's Hospital offers a variety of postdoctoral fellowship opportunities that blend traditional training approaches in child and family treatment, assessment, and consultation with state-of-the-art approaches to problems in pediatric psychology. We offer fellowships across a variety of sites to allow for specialized training within focused areas of interest as well as training in general core competencies of professional psychology. Applicants are welcome to apply to one or multiple fellowship openings across the program.

Basic Prerequisites

Successful applicants will have:

  • earned a doctorate in psychology (including defense of dissertation) from an appropriate health service provider training program in a properly accredited doctoral training program;
  • completed an internship accredited by the American Psychological Association/Canadian Psychological Association prior to the beginning of fellowship.
    • (The internship requirement may be waived if the postdoctoral fellowship is for research training only and does not involve delivery of clinical services.)
  • Specific programs may have additional requirements.

Please view our Program Brochure for specific information about application procedures and important dates/deadlines. The most current Program Brochure is made available in October for applications for the following training year.

 

Training Programs

The following training programs regularly offer one or more postdoctoral fellowships in psychology. Additional programs may offer fellowships on an intermittent basis. Please view our Program Brochure for more detailed information about each fellowship being offered in the coming training year.

 

We participate in the Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory. After following the link, enter "Boston Children's Hospital" under "Program Name" to find a listing of our current fellowship offerings.

Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships

The Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships program places social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists in schools and community health centers in Boston neighborhoods to provide a comprehensive array of behavioral health services to children and adolescents. The goals of Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships are to increase children’s access to behavioral health services and promote children’s healthy social-emotional development; to build the sustainable behavioral health capacity of partner organizations; and to promote systemic change in behavioral health service delivery. The Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships’ fellow implements clinical services in a partner school site and is a participating member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships’ research and evaluation team.

Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program

The Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program provides neurodevelopmental assessment and support to children and families living with complex Congenital Heart Disease, some with histories of surgeries, transplants, and/or genetic diagnoses. The team includes experts from psychology, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, education, genetics, and neurology. Fellows see patients in inpatient and outpatient settings within an interdisciplinary model.  Clinical responsibilities include comprehensive psychological/neurodevelopmental assessments; consultation services to community providers and agencies; and short-term parent and child treatment and individual and small group therapy to address a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. Fellowship focus is approximately 80% clinical, 20% research.

Developmental Medicine Center

The Developmental Medicine Center is a multi-disciplinary program dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with developmental, learning, and behavioral difficulties and their families through integrated and collaborative clinical care, training, translational research, and community engagement and collaboration. Postdoctoral fellows are involved in direct clinical service, including diagnostic assessments, consulting, and short-term treatment, as well as research.  Training is offered through a variety of possible 6-month rotations (e.g., Infant and Toddler Team, Adoption Team, Down Syndrome Program).

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Program

The Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Program offers a one-year pediatric psychology training fellowship in the multidisciplinary Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine.  The fellowship includes providing empirically based treatment in the eating disorder programs and the outpatient mental health program.  Treatment is provided in a primary and specialty care setting that addresses a range of presenting challenges including: psychiatric disorders, domestic violence, substance abuse, and diversity and gender issues.  The program offers intensive interdisciplinary curricula, including seminars in adolescent health, advocacy, public policy, and prevention.  The fellowship consists of clinical training in pediatric psychology, teaching responsibilities, and participation in ongoing research.

Neuropsychology

The Center for Neuropsychology at Boston Children’s Hospital offers a two-year, full-time fellowship that provides training in clinical neuropsychological assessment of children and clinical research. Training activities include clinical service delivery, didactic teaching, and research in the Center. The Postdoctoral Residency Program is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology. The program is designed to conform to Houston Conference guidelines for training in neuropsychology and prepares candidates for board certification in clinical neuropsychology. The goal of our program is to prepare for independent specialty practice in pediatric neuropsychology.

Pain Treatment Service

The Pain Treatment Service is a multidisciplinary program specializing in pediatric pain management.  Psychology fellows develop skills in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of chronic pain conditions.  The Pain Treatment Service includes specialty programs focusing on chronic headache evaluation and treatment and intensive day hospital pediatric pain rehabilitation.  Physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, nurses, and fellows work collaboratively on a clinical team to address the complex problems faced by these patients and their families.  The Pain Treatment Service fellowship consists of clinical training in pediatric pain management, direct clinical care of patients in outpatient and inpatient settings, and participation in ongoing research.  Fellowship focus is approximately 75% clinical, 25% research.

Psychiatry Consultation Service

The Psychiatry Consultation Service provides consultation-liaison services for children, adolescents, young adults, and families facing challenges related to medical illness and hospitalization, including new diagnoses, chronic illnesses, acute medical or psychiatric crises, and difficulty coping with hospitalization. The consultation-liaison service model is based on the biopsychosocial framework and provides a range of services during inpatient medical or surgical admissions, including diagnostic and emergency evaluations and short-term therapeutic interventions. The fellowship consists of clinical training in pediatric psychology consultation-liaison models, including assessment and follow-up, provision of psychoeducation, support for caregivers, liaison with multidisciplinary teams, and a variety of treatment interventions. Trainees are also involved in an applied clinical research project during the fellowship year

For general program questions, please contact:

Carol Berne
Department of Psychiatry
Boston Children’s Hospital
Fegan 8
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
phone: 617-355-4563
fax: 617-730-0319

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