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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, professional development and community activities. Each program is developed with a focus that will prepare the fellow for licensure.
The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship offers several focus areas. Fellows choose their areas of focus at the start of the fellowship, with the help of their mentors and faculty supervisors.
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 11 NIH and Department of Education (DOE) 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 and outcomes, school-based intervention, cognitive training 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.
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric (DDBP) fellows are based at a state-of-the-art facility that is designed to address the specific needs of children with developmental delays and their families. The model of training is an apprenticeship model focused on providing active mentoring, career development, professional role identity and development of skills in clinical research and care. Fellowships are offered for general developmental delays (DDBP) or for autism spectrum disorders through the Kelly O’Leary Center (TKOC). All fellowships are for one year, with an option for the second year, and feature protected time for research.
The DDBP fellowship is designed for fellows interested in gaining clinical and research skills in the assessment and treatment of children with developmental disorders and their families, within an interdisciplinary, outpatient setting. Conditions addressed include abuse and neglect, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, discipline and behavioral problems, ADHD, Down syndrome, early childhood trauma, mental retardation, learning disabilities and spina bifida. The fellow will carry an active caseload that consists of assessment and treatment services. Through case coordination and participation on an interdisciplinary team, fellows will gain exposure to the integration of clinical skills across disciplinary boundaries. Significant didactic and seminar opportunities are incorporated into the training program. Teaching and mentoring experiences with graduate-level practicum students will be available through umbrella supervision. The fellow will have at least 20 percent of his time protected to participate in research activities that focus on developmental delays or chronic handicapping conditions.
The Kelly O'Leary fellowship is designed for fellows interested in gaining clinical and research skills in the assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The first year focuses on gaining applied behavioral assessment experience within the Severe Behavior Treatment Program, which serves children and adolescents dually diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and severe behavior disorders, and participation in the Early Intensive Behavior Intervention Clinic, serving preschool children in a clinic-based skill acquisition program. The first-year fellow also participates in LEND training, providing comprehensive interdisciplinary training on the assessment and treatment of children with developmental disabilities. The second year of fellowship training focuses on state-of-the-art diagnostic assessment of children suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder. For more information, contact Mary Deininger, 513-803-0653, 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 differs 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. These fellowships are designed for individuals interested in developing proficiency in a variety of subspecialties relating to the assessment and treatment of children with acute and chronic illnesses. Specifically, fellows receive specialized training in the areas of Adherence Research, Child Behavior and Nutrition or Pediatric Pain Management.
Fellows in the Adherence Center 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 fellowship program is housed in the Center for Adherence Treatment Promotion and Self-Management, which was established in 2007 to address the unmet scientific, clinical and training needs related to treatment adherence. The program includes four core training experiences: research, clinical care, program development, and teaching and consultation. Based on dialogue with Center faculty, fellows’ training programs are tailored to their individual interests and career development needs. For detailed information about training in adherence research, contact Dennis Drotar, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellows in the Child Behavior and Nutrition program are supported by an NIH T32 training grant (PI: Dr Scott Powers). Approximately 50 percent of the fellows’ time is spent on research in the area of nutrition and health. Current projects focus on behavioral interventions to address the special nutritional needs of children with chronic conditions including diabetes, cystic fibrosis, obesity and headaches. Clinically, fellows are exposed to patients from a wide variety of pediatric subspecialties on an in- and outpatient basis, and rotate through four six-month clinics including headache, sleep, feeding, liver transplant and consultation / liaison service. Clinical training is available in individual, family and group psychotherapy using behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches. For more information about Child Behavior and Nutrition research and the T32 training faculty, contact Scott Powers, PhD, at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
These fellows are based in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and Every Child Succeeds, a large-scale, community-based prevention program for first-time mothers. Every Child Succeeds provides home visitation to parents and children during the first three years of life. The program emphasizes health promotion, enhancing parenting skills and optimizing child development. Families are assessed prior to and throughout participation in the program. Areas measured include child development, parental psychopathology, social support, caregiver-child attachment and substance abuse, among others.
Every Child Succeeds offers numerous opportunities for training in methodological and design issues in prevention science. The fellow will spend 50 percent of his time devoted to research within Every Child Succeeds in such areas as maternal depression and its effect on outcomes and children, treatment of maternal depression, trauma in mothers in home visitation, and motivational interviewing to improve program adherence and retention. Clinical responsibilities will occur within the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, and the fellow will have the opportunity to choose from a number of rotations including headache clinic, feeding team and outpatient services.
Teaching / mentoring opportunities are available with research assistants and psychology and medical residents. Professional development opportunities are available though multidisciplinary teams and community speaking.
For more information, contact Robert T. Ammerman, PhD, email@example.com, 513-636-8209.
Each fellow is expected to provide clinical care, based in theoretical and empirical knowledge bases, for at least 25 percent of the fellowship time. The specific nature of the clinical care depends on the trainee’s chosen focus area. Each clinical case (assessment, treatment, psychosocial provider or consultation) is assigned to a supervisor, who guides the delivery of care, reviews each case with the fellow and and signs all treatment and discharge notes.
In addition, in accordance with Ohio law, each individual receiving clinical care receives a letter documenting the supervised nature of the services that they are receiving. At the beginning of the year, when the training director reviews the goals and objectives for each fellow, the director will adjust the trainee’s schedule to ensure there is a minimum of two hours a week of clinical care delivery supervision. Evaluation of trainees’ clinical care will be done by the primary clinical supervisors and will be based on each fellow’s degree of competence in the specific areas of practice, the responsiveness and timeliness of the fellow’s communications with multidisciplinary colleagues and family members, and documentation and records.
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. Fellowships in Pediatric Psychology, ADHD and Risk & Prevention are heavily research-oriented. Specific goals for research will be set for each six-month period.
Every postdoctoral fellow will attend the psychology research seminar that occurs once a month 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[list 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: Neuropsychology Didactic Series and Case Conference Frequency: once a week Organizer: Abigail Johnson, PhD Purpose: to educate fellows about a range of neurological and developmental conditions commonly seen in pediatric neuropsychology practice, and to provide fellows with a forum in which to develop their case presentation skills Title: Neuropsychological Readings GroupFrequency: every two weeks Organizer: Abigail Johnson, PhD Purpose: to review readings in preparation for the ABPP written exam; intended for fellows, junior faculty and select graduate students
Title: Prevention Science SeminarFrequency: once a month Organizer: Robert T. Ammerman, PhD Purpose: to disseminate innovative programs and research in prevention science in the areas of health, mental illness, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect and child development
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