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Training in the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Cincinnati Children’s is specific to each focus area, but generally covers clinical care (not less than 25 percent), research, teaching, administration, and professional development. Each focus area has a Training Lead who will provide additional oversight of a fellow’s training plan, including preparation for licensure.
The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship offers several focus areas. Applicants to the fellowship designate primary interests and are accepted to the program with their training focus area identified.
This focus area is based in the Center for ADHD in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. The Center for ADHD is one of the largest groups in the country devoted entirely to research and clinical care for children and adolescents with ADHD. Center faculty are highly productive and currently hold multiple research grants. The center also provides families with comprehensive clinical care, including evidence-based assessment, individual and group psychosocial treatment and pharmacological management.
Fellows in the Center for ADHD have the opportunity to participate in research and clinical activities. The research / clinical load is based on the fellows’ career goals. Fellows interested in research careers have the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of projects, including studies focused on neuropsychological functioning, intervention research, and community-based assessment and treatment. Fellows have the opportunity to publish with faculty and develop their own specific lines of research. Fellowships in the center are typically two years. During the second year, fellows are encouraged to write and submit their own grant proposals. They receive weekly clinical and research mentoring with the goal of ensuring that they are highly competitive job applicants upon completion of their fellowship. For more information about current fellowship opportunities in the Center for ADHD, contact Jeff Epstein, PhD, at email@example.com.
DDBP/Autism clinical psychology fellows are based in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP). Fellows receive specialized training in autism assessment, developmental disability assessment, or within an inpatient developmental psychiatry acute stabilization program. Positions are one year and primarily clinical with the option of some research training.
Fellows completing autism or developmental disability assessments as their primary rotation will serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary team that consists of developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and social work. The clinical training primarily consists of diagnostic evaluations with children and adolescents presenting with concerns regarding diagnoses of an autism spectrum disorder or developmental disability. Fellows also have the option of participating in various elective opportunities including: the Early Intensive Behavior Intervention program, community/school consultation, short term behavior treatment, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Adolescent Assessment Clinic, and research assessments. Fellowship training also consists of several didactic experiences and opportunities for providing umbrella supervision to graduate level trainees. Fellows may also have the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program as part of their elective rotation. The aim of the LEND program is to train culturally competent, family-centered interdisciplinary leaders who will improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with or at risk for developmental disabilities. For more information contact Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD (Rebekah.firstname.lastname@example.org)
The fellow in the inpatient developmental psychiatry acute stabilization program will spend 50% of their training in this program that is housed within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry serving children and adolescents dually diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders. The fellow will be actively involved in the behavioral assessment, development and implementation of individualized treatment programs to treat severe problem behavior, parent and caregiver training, as well as participation in daily interdisciplinary rounds and family meetings. This training offers fellows the opportunity to experience a broad range of experiential learning from a multi-disciplinary team who cares for complex children with the goal of developing entry-level professionals with a broad skill and knowledge base to treat a range of severe behavior challenges in children with developmental disabilities. The fellow will also spend 50% of their training within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in their chosen elective rotation. Fellows will serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary team that consists of developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and social work. Elective opportunities available include diagnostic assessment, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, or short term behavior treatment (behavior modification, social skills training, skill acquisition, and anxiety management). Fellowship training also consists of several didactic experiences and opportunities for providing umbrella supervision to graduate level trainees. For more information contact Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD (Rebekah.email@example.com)
The autism clinical research fellow will participate in the clinical research lab of Dr. Craig Erickson. This lab focuses primarily on research related to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, and Angelman Syndrome. The fellow will serve as a member of a multidisciplinary research team including child psychiatrists, a licensed psychologist, a research nurse, and research coordinators. Training will be provided in diagnostic testing for autism spectrum disorders, cognitive assessment for a wide range of functioning levels, eye tracking paradigm administration, and any other assessments deemed appropriate for the studies being conducted. Research training will take place in both outpatient and inpatient settings. The research fellow will have the opportunity to assist with data analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant applications. Opportunities will be provided to mentor both students and research coordinators as appropriate. The motivated fellow will also have opportunities for development of skills in authoring manuscripts or independent grant writing. Although the primary focus of the position is research, fellows will also have the opportunity to provide behavioral therapy or group therapy to individuals with developmental disabilities in an outpatient setting. For more information contact Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD (Rebekah.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Neuropsychology fellows are based in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. This two-year program is designed for the practice of pediatric neuropsychology and is fashioned around guidelines provided by the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Division 40 of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and the Houston Conference for advanced specialty training in clinical neuropsychology.
Approximately 70 percent of fellows’ time is spent in the delivery of clinical services. Major experiences are provided through the Oncology program (fellowship year one), the Inpatient Neurorehabilitation Unit (fellowship year two) and general outpatient assessment service (fellowship years one and two). First-year fellows also spend one day a week at the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Hospital to broaden their clinical experience with adult populations.
Minor rotations and training opportunities include:
Professional development skills are sharpened through collaboration with various multidisciplinary clinics. Educational and training experiences and research activities account for 30 percent of the fellows’ time. Current research projects focus on a wide range of populations including children with traumatic brain injury, epilepsy and sleep disorders.
Please note that, to allow for interviews to occur at the annual INS meeting, the application deadline for the Neuropsychology Fellowship may differ from the other fellowships in our division. Application details, as well as additional information about our clinical, research and didactic training experiences are available in our training brochure. You may download the Neuropsychology Training Brochure in portable document format (.pdf).
For more information contact Dean Beebe, PhD, ABPP, email@example.com
Pediatric psychology fellows are based in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. Fellows receive specialized training in the areas of Adherence Research, Child Behavior and Nutrition, or Pediatric Pain Management. All fellows with clinical psychology backgrounds achieve the experiences needed to become license-eligible by the end of training.
Fellows in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management, established in 2007 to address the unmet scientific, clinical and training needs related to treatment adherence, are supported by an NIH T32 training grant (PI: Dr. Kevin Hommel). Adherence fellows receive systematic training in the specialized knowledge and skills related to the management of pediatric chronic illness, and treatment adherence in an interdisciplinary research context. The program includes four core training experiences: research, clinical care, program development, and teaching and consultation. Based on dialogue with the Center’s core faculty, fellows’ training programs are tailored to their individual interests and career development needs. For detailed information about training in adherence research, contact Kevin Hommel, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellows in the Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training program are supported by an NIH T32 training grant (Co-PI's: Dr. Scott Powers, Dr. Meg Zeller) continually funded since 2003. The program includes four core training experiences: research, clinical care, program development, and teaching and consultation. Approximately 75 percent of the fellows’ time is spent on research through participation on existing NIH-funded research teams and their execution of a mentored interdisciplinary independent research project. Fellows are exposed to NIH funded projects that target children, adolescents, and adult caregivers, different types of intervention (behavioral, pharmacologic, surgery), as well as study designs (randomized clinical trials, observational longitudinal outcome studies). The fellows’ training includes study design and execution, manuscript writing, and grant preparation. Fellows receive additional mentorship via team collaborations with affiliated T32 faculty in adherence/self-management, medical subspecialties (e.g., neurology, surgery, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology), nutrition, and basic science. Educational opportunities tailored to the each fellow’s individual training needs and career goals include divisional and institutional didactics and seminars as well as an option of additional graduate coursework (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition). Training within Dr. Powers’ lab includes clinical trials (cystic fibrosis and migraine), eHealth, and other studies focused on headache and nutrition (e.g., migraine and obesity). Trainees within Dr. Stark’s lab will have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial to reduce obesity in preschool age children and the launch of a dissemination study to incorporate a web-based behavioral and nutrition intervention for children with cystic fibrosis across CF Care Centers. Trainees within Dr. Zeller’s lab will participate in ongoing studies focused on developmental trajectories of psychosocial health and risks associated with adolescent severe obesity and bariatric surgery outcomes, as well as the impact of caregiver bariatric surgery on child offspring. Clinical training includes individual, family and group psychotherapy using behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches, involvement in clinical trial treatment protocols, and experience as part of multidisciplinary programs (e.g., Headache Center). For more information contact Scott Powers, PhD (email@example.com) or Meg Zeller, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fellows in Pediatric Pain Management are supported by NIH-funded grant projects focused on developing evidence-based interventions for pediatric chronic pain conditions such as juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome, assessment of longitudinal outcomes of adolescents with chronic pain as they transition into young adulthood, identification of risk and protective factors for preventing long-term disability in pediatric pain, family factors in chronic pain and validation of patient-reported outcome measures. Fellows obtain clinical experience at the multidisciplinary Pain Clinic, including assessment and management of complex pediatric pain syndromes. Supervised experience includes training in evidence-based assessment, structured interviewing techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback and parental guidance in behavior management. For more information about the Pediatric Pain Lab, contact Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD, at email@example.com.
Postdoctoral training in psychology occurs under the supervision of licensed psychologists and occurs over a one to two year period. Based upon Ohio state law and the criteria for listing in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APICC), there are not year specific objectives for training. Our program at Cincinnati Children’s has the following goals and objectives that are forwarded to the State Board of Psychology each year when our program reports the individuals under supervision for the upcoming year. Specifically, at the conclusion of training (1 – 2 years), the:
Fellow will be able to provide clinical care that is based in theoretical and empirical knowledge bases.
Fellow will be able to provide clinical care in a manner, which is sensitive to individual differences of all persons, is non-discriminatory, and which respects and protects human and civil rights.
Fellow will be able to provide clinical care only within the context of a professional relationship and according to American Psychological Association Ethical Codes and standards.
Fellow will know and apply the rules governing Psychologists under Ohio Psychology Law.
Fellow may participate in umbrella supervision in accordance with Ohio law.
Fellow will be able to interact professionally and responsibly with colleagues from other disciplines.
Fellow will provide professional consultation in a manner, which respects and protects the individual differences of humans.
Fellow will show a primary obligation and take reasonable precautions to respect the confidentiality rights of those with whom they work or consult.
Fellow will know procedures for addressing any personal signs of impairment in self, colleagues, and faculty.
Each clinical case (assessment, treatment, or consultation) is assigned to a supervisor who is a licensed psychologist. This supervisor meets face-to-face each week with the fellow for supervision and reviews each case and signs all treatment and discharge notes. In addition, in accordance with Ohio State Law, each individual receiving clinical care receives a letter documenting the supervised nature of the services that they are receiving. Evaluation for clinical care will take place by the primary clinical supervisors and will be based on the degree of competence in the specific areas of practice of the fellow, the responsiveness and timeliness of their communications with multi-disciplinary colleagues and family members, and documentation and records.
The Director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Psychology and the Clinical Director of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s oversee this supervision process and communicate in accordance with state law to the State Board of Psychology in Ohio.
Each fellow is expected to take part in research that is significant, empirically sound and ethically appropriate. The degree of involvement and the specific projects will be set between fellow and mentor at the beginning of the fellowship. Several fellowships are heavily research-oriented. Specific goals for research will be set for each six-month period.
Every postdoctoral fellow will attend the Psychology Research Group and Writer’s Workshop seminars that occur monthly and will have the opportunity to present proposals and manuscripts and to review others’ work. For each session, faculty will provide guidance to the postdoctoral fellow. The presenting fellow will work closely with his mentor during preparation.
Research will be evaluated on the basis of significance, scientific merit, innovation and human subjects’ issues. In addition, many of the focus areas have specific journal clubs pertinent to their subject area; all fellows are invited to attend these journal clubs. Evaluation for research will take place by determining the degree to which the fellow is accomplishing goals.
Each fellow will be expected to participate in providing lectures / presentations to students and colleagues of other disciplines, areas of focus or different levels of training. Some fellows will be involved in “umbrella supervision” of graduate students or psychology residents. It exists when a supervisee supervises other psychology supervisees in hazardous practices.” (ORC) Supervisors will evaluate fellows’ teaching and mentoring by determining whether they have accomplished the specific teaching activities set as objectives. In addition, evaluators will apply formal evaluation forms, faculty observation and informal feedback from participants when assessing fellows.
Each fellow will be expected to work closely with colleagues of different disciplines or areas of focus. Fellows are expected to be respectful of the knowledge base of those from other disciplines or areas of focus, and to provide consultation to those from other disciplines or areas of focus. For all of the focus areas, fellows are automatically part of at least one multidisciplinary activity or team. Evaluation will occur by assessing the fellows’ competence as members of their multidisciplinary teams.
Each fellow is required to participate in a minimum of two hours a week of didactic learning experiences. Most of these hours will be completed in seminars related to the fellows’ specific focus areas. There are three monthly seminars that all postdoctoral fellows are required to attend, and a number of general seminars that each fellow and her mentor can choose. Each fellow will be asked to keep a monthly log of seminars attended that will be submitted to his mentor and the director of training every six months.
The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship offers a wide range of required and elective seminars and didactics:
Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship Didactic SeminarFrequency: Once a monthOrganizer: Co-Chief FellowsPurpose: To provide a forum to discuss issues of professional development such as grant writing, preparing for job talks, negotiating job offers, interviewing, etc. A 2nd year fellow will be responsible for facilitating each didactic.
Title: Psychology Research Group seminar (PRG)Frequency: Once a month (additional dates added as needed)Organizer: Kevin Hommel, Ph.D. Purpose: To foster the development and review of research projects within the division. Fellows both observe and participate in the peer review process, primarily focused on grants.
Title: Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology ColloquiumFrequency: Once a monthOrganizer: Meg Zeller, Ph.D.Purpose: To provide 2nd year post-doctoral fellows a local opportunity to present their research and/or clinical “job-talk” to peers, faculty, and interested staff. Fellows are provided with oral and written feedback on presentation style, slide-set, and content.
Title: Fellow’s Annual RetreatFrequency: Once a yearOrganizer: Co-Chief FellowsPurpose:The Fellows attend a one-day off-site retreat to discuss the fellowship program and professional development opportunities, including logistics on licensure and the EPPP. The day typically begins with a group activity, followed by lunch and discussion of the above topics.
Title: Stats for FellowsFrequency: bimonthlyOrganizer: Joseph Rausch, Ph.D. & James Peugh, Ph.D.Purpose: Provide more in-depth didactic training in various statistical packages for fellows.Audience: Open to all Psychology fellows.
Title: Writer’s WorkshopFrequency: monthly Organizer: Kevin Hommel, PhD and Meg Zeller, PhDPurpose: To provide a supportive group-based critique of fellows’ manuscripts in progress, revise and resubmit editorial verdicts, grant proposals. Audience: Open to all fellows.
Title: T32 Fellowship SeminarFrequency: biweeklyOrganizer: Kevin Hommel, PhD and Meg Zeller, PhDPurpose: This is a required (combined) seminar for T32 fellows from Child Behavior and Nutrition and the Center for Adherence and Self-Management to topics related to ethics and research misconduct, skills in manuscript writing and peer review, and grant-writing. Fellows also present a “research in progress” during their second year of training. Audience: Open to all fellows. Required for T32s.
Title: Pre-PRG Frequency: monthly prior to PRG Organizer: Fellowship co-chiefs Purpose: To allow fellow reviewers and other fellows an opportunity to informally discuss grants to be reviewed during PRG Audience: Open to all fellows.
Title: BMCP Quantitative Methods Seminars: Discovery with Data Analysis (DDA)Frequency: monthly Organizer: Joseph Rausch, PhDPurpose: To review various quantitative strategies for data analysis
Title: Fellows CrossTalkFrequency: twice a monthOrganizer: Cincinnati Children's Office of Pediatric Clinical FellowsPurpose: Each CrossTalk session will include two separate 15 minute presentations from current Cincinnati Children's clinical fellows, followed by a short feedback session by the presenters peers and mentors. Presentations will address planned research from junior fellows (first-year fellows) and on-going or completed research from senior fellows (second- and third-year fellows).
Title: Clinical Research ForumFrequency: monthly (October-June)Organizer: sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational ResearchPurpose: Features presentations by investigators focusing on patient-oriented research.
Title: Pediatric Grand Rounds Frequency: every Tuesday Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 amOrganizer: Department of PediatricsPurpose: To keep psychologists abreast of current developments in pediatric research and clinical care.
Title: Psychiatry Grand RoundsFrequency: monthlyOrganizer: Cincinnati Children's Division of PsychiatryPurpose: To provide exposure to psychiatric issues relevant to pediatric populations.
Title: All Fellows RoundsFrequency: Twice per month Organizer: Cincinnati Children's Office of Clinical FellowshipsModerator: Tom DeWitt, M.D.Purpose: To provide exposure to clinical issues relevant to a pediatric population outside of psychology.
Title: Quality Improvement and Health Services Research Seminar Frequency: once a month Purpose: To provide a forum for discussing quality improvement research
Title: Topics in Clinical Research Series Frequency: variable Organizer: Cincinnati Children's General Clinical Research Center Purpose: to familiarize participants with the broad array of clinical research currently being conducted at Children's Hospital Medical CenterScheduling: The schedule for upcoming trainings and registration information can be found online at http://orcra.researchlink.cchmc.org/ORCRA/human/Training/ORCRA%20Training%20Catalog.pdf
Title: Grant Proposal Writing WorkshopsFrequency: http://www.grantcentral.com/prostaff_DrRussell.htmlTime: TBD Organizer: University of CincinnatiPurpose: To provide fundamental training on NIH grant writing.
Title: American Psychological Association Advanced Training InstituteFrequency: http://www.apa.org/science/resources/ati/index.aspxTime: Check website Organizer: American Psychological AssociationPurpose: Provides training in a variety of areas for research professional development.
Title: Ethics Seminar - “Ethics in Research” classFrequency: offered once a year in the winter quarterOrganizer: offered through the Biomedical Ethics Committee of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of MedicinePurpose: To help participants to develop responsible conduct in research related to ethical issues arising in medicine, bio-medical research, and health policy.
Title: Cincinnati Children's Office of Faculty Development (OFD) Career Development SeriesFrequency: MonthlyOrganizer: Cincinnati Children's OFDPurpose: Covers topics including “how to stay funded after your first success”, conflict management, creating a CV and personal statement, and mentoring across gender, ethnic, and generational differences. Fellows choose topics of interest based on relevance.
Title: Ready, Set, Go! Workshops for a Successful Research CareerFrequency: MonthlyOrganizer: The University of Cincinnati Office of ResearchPurpose: A 10-workshop series designed to target increasing competencies and skills in setting up and maintaining a successful research lab and program. Led by faculty from across University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's, these interactive workshops include topics such as hiring skilled research staff, lab conflict management, time management, and mentoring.
Title: Diagnostic and Treatment Case ConferenceFrequency: once per month Organizer: Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD Purpose: to review upcoming cases returning for their feedback session. This provides a forum for fellows to develop their case presentation skills and communication with multiple disciplines.
Title: Providing Clinical Supervision Frequency: bimonthly Organizer: Rebekah Ridgeway, PsyD Purpose: to provide fellows with training in clinical supervision and to provide a forum to discuss umbrella supervision cases.
Title: Neuropsychology Didactic Series and Case ConferenceFrequency: once a weekOrganizer: Christian von Thomsen, Psy.D./Brenna LeJeune, PhD Purpose: To educate fellows about a range of neurological and developmental conditions that are commonly seen in pediatric neuropsychology practice and to provide fellows with a forum in which to develop their case presentation skills.
Title: Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Neuropsychology Didactic SeriesFrequency: once a week (1st year)Organizer: Wes Houston, Ph.D.Purpose: To educate fellows, interns, and neuropsychologists about various medical, neurological, and cognitive disorders commonly seen in adult outpatient settings and to provide the opportunity to develop presentation and case conceptualization skills.
Title: ABPP Neuropsychological Readings Group Frequency: every two weeksOrganizer: Christian von Thomsen, Psy.D.Purpose: To review readings in preparation for the ABPP written exam. Intended for fellows, junior faculty, and select graduate students.
Title: Pediatric Neuropsychological Readings Group Frequency: every two weeksOrganizer: Dean Beebe, PhDPurpose: To review readings relevant to pediatric neuropsychology, developmental psychology, and child psychology, as they pertain to clinical cases seen through the fellowship.
Title: Adherence Center Fellowship SeminarFrequency: monthly Organizer: Kevin Hommel, PhDPurpose: To discuss topics related to treatment adherence and professional development
Title: T32 Fellowship SeminarFrequency: biweekly Organizer: Kevin Hommel, PhD and Meg Zeller, PhDPurpose: This is a required (combined) seminar for T32 fellows from Child Behavior and Nutrition and the Center for Adherence and Self-Management to topics related to ethics and research misconduct, skills in manuscript writing and peer review, and grant-writing. Fellows also present a “research in progress” during their second year of training.
Title: Writer’s WorkshopFrequency: monthly Organizer: Kevin Hommel, PhD and Meg Zeller, PhDPurpose: To provide a supportive group-based critique of fellows’ manuscripts in progress, revise and resubmit editorial verdicts, grant proposals.
Title: Behavior, Assessment, Nutrition, Treatment, Evaluation and Research: BANTER Frequency: quarterlyOrganizer: Meg Zeller, PhDPurpose: To discuss topics related to child behavior and nutrition. Topics chosen each year based on fellow interest and training background.
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