Hospital Track

The Behavioral Science Division at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the availability of a yearlong fulltime Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship position starting in August 2022.

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.

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 General Pediatric Psychology Outpatient 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, including the Comfort Ability Program.

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. Training choices for Assessment/Intervention rotation include Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Pulmonology, Neurology/Movement Disorders, and the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Training choices for Pain Management include Chronic Pain Clinic or Neurology/Headache. Training choices for Behavioral Care in Chronic Disease include Hematology/Oncology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, and Neurology/Movement Disorders.

Supervision is provided by staff within the Behavioral Science Division. The fellow 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 CHP is offering one postdoctoral fellowship position in Pediatric Psychology for 2022–2023. Training begins in August 2022. 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.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with the final deadline for all application materials on Friday, December 3, 2021. Virtual interviews for selected applicants will take place in January 2022.

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:

Kaycee Weir, PhD
Director of Training, Behavioral Science Division
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
BH_trainingcommittee@chp.edu
412-692-7547

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

If the applicant is unable to send a transcript electronically, please send them to:

Attn: Kaycee Weir, PhD
Behavioral Science Division
UPMC UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Lawrenceville Medical Building, 3rd Floor
4117 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

For more information regarding UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, please visit www.chp.edu. Any questions regarding the fellowship or application process can be directed to our training committee by email at BH_trainingcommittee@chp.edu or by phone at 412-692-7547.