Hospital Track

The Behavioral Science Division at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the availability of two yearlong fulltime Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship positions starting in September 2021. 

The Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral fellowship program at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is designed to prepare individuals who will be uniquely suited to work at the interface of pediatrics, clinical psychology, and behavioral medicine. The training program offers broad-based technical, clinical and management skills. The program provides postdoctoral training experiences necessary to meet clinical hours and supervision requirements for licensure. The postdoctoral fellow will gain extensive experience in pediatric and clinical psychology through inpatient and outpatient services.

Rotations

The pediatric psychology postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with a variety of presenting concerns and establish ongoing treatment relationships by engaging in a yearlong primary rotation within our Behavioral Health and Wellness Outpatient Training Clinic. This portion of the program experience will support understanding of the behavioral health issues that present with children and adolescents with acute and chronic illnesses in a large tertiary care pediatric hospital. Opportunities exist for individual and group interventions within this clinic setting.

The fellowship includes rotations in multiple medical subspecialty clinics throughout the hospital. This portion of the program will include three rotations with specific areas of focus and one additional rotation of choice dependent on the individual fellow’s goals and interests. The additional rotation of choice allows the fellow to tailor their training year in a way that fits with their ultimate professional goals.  Dependent on the subspecialty, services may be outpatient and/or inpatient in nature. The three areas of focus are assessment/intervention, pain management, and behavioral care in chronic disease.

Assessment/Intervention

Training choices for Assessment/Intervention include:

Pain Management

Training choices for pain management include:

Behavioral Care in Chronic Disease

Training choices for behavioral care in chronic disease include:

Supervision is provided by staff within the Behavioral Sciences Division. Fellows will be provided with at least two hours of individual supervision per week, as well as direct observation and consultation during regularly scheduled rotations. Additional consultation is readily available based upon the needs of the fellow. Group supervision experiences also are provided to further enhance clinical skills and professional development. Individualized goals will be established and reviewed with the primary supervisor on a quarterly basis.

Didactic experiences include half-day weekly trainings/presentations alongside Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows. Specific training in ethics, supervision models, and consultation models also will be provided. Fellows will attend a professional development seminar. Fellows will routinely attend case conferences and grand rounds offered through collaborating departments.

Our program is primarily a clinical training program; however, faculty has access to existing databases and participate in ongoing research and program development. Depending on fellow interest and skill, research opportunities may exist. Alternatively, fellows are encouraged to develop individual projects or case presentations.

The Behavioral Sciences Division of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is offering two postdoctoral fellowship positions in Pediatric Psychology for 2021-2022. Training begins in September 2021. The fellowship is for a one-year period and is fulltime. Benefits provided include paid holidays, paid time off, and health insurance.

Candidates must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to beginning the program and must be a graduate from an APA accredited doctoral program. APA accredited or APPIC member internship program training is preferred. 

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with the final deadline for all application materials on Monday December 7, 2020. Virtual interviews for selected applicants will take place in January 2021.

Applications should include:

  1. A letter of interest describing training experiences, desired postdoctoral training objectives, and professional goals
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. Three letters of reference, with at least two from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and clinical training
  4. An official copy of graduate transcripts

Application materials should be directed to:

Kathryn Barbash, PsyD
Program Director Clinical Care Services, Behavioral Science Division
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
BH_TrainingCommittee@chp.edu
412-692-6120

All application materials should be submitted electronically to the above email address, in a word or pdf file.

Contact Us

Any questions regarding the fellowship or application process can be directed to Kathryn Barbash, PsyD by email at BH_TrainingCommittee@chp.edu or by phone at 412-692-6120.

For more information regarding UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, please visit www.chp.edu.