MR/DD Fellowship Training & Experience :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

IND Fellowship Training and Experience

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
Pediatric Psychology, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

The Department of Psychology, Children's Hospital, in affiliation with the Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology and Intellectual & Neurodevelopmental Disabilities/Early Childhood under the mentorship of Professor James A. Mulick.

The fellowship provides a variety of clinical training opportunities, including assessment and treatment in the Department's outpatient clinic and participation in assessment, teaching, and consultation clinics conducted in collaboration with the Section of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Opportunities are also available for inpatient consultation-liaison with most pediatric specialties, collaboration in pediatric clinics (primary care, gastrointestinal, developmental disabilities), and participation in the hospital’s inpatient behavioral feeding service. Fellows attend seminars in the Psychology Department and educational programs offered through Children’s Hospital, a continuing education seminar with others specializing in intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and a current research seminar at the Nisonger Center for intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities on the OSU main campus. Finally, weekly consultation and assessment experience at a community agency specializing in the care of severely developmentally disabled children and adults offers a unique perspective on lifespan services for people with severe disabilities.

Opportunities to supervise other trainees and to participate in, or develop, a research project are also included as training objectives. Current clinical and research efforts are focused on assessment of, and behavioral intervention with, children with autistic spectrum disorders, behavioral assessment of psychotropic drugs, and the study of sleep disorders. Stipend and benefits are competitive. Applicants should have experience in clinical child/pediatric psychology, have a doctorate in psychology, and have training in the scientist-practitioner model. For one position, the area of concentration is open.

Developmental Assessment Program
Internship training in this concentration assumes that prospective interns bring to the internship year solid general backgrounds in the science and practice of psychology. The internship at the Center for Autism Disorders and Developmental Assessment Program (DAP) is open to doctoral level behavioral, clinical, counseling, and school psychology students in accordance with the scientist-practitioner model. Special interest or experience during graduate school in developmental disabilities, developmental psychopathology, or neurodevelopmental abnormalities will be evident in the education and training of interns in this concentration. We view this concentration as a learning experience whereby trainees are provided with both the general and specialty-oriented knowledge and skills needed for increasingly independent professional practice over the course of the internship year.

Training will occur in the context of modeling by faculty and postdoctoral fellows, individual mentoring, didactic and clinical teaching, and collaborative supervision. Special emphasis on the trainees as apprentice "scientific practitioners" is a particularly important element in their learning to work effectively with the complex, biobehavioral clinical problems seen in the population of children with developmental disabilities and their families.

Finally, training at our internship site assumes interns have had exposure to and will gain additional experience with the major areas of assessment, intervention, and consultation in child clinical and pediatric psychology, as well as some experience and knowledge of the specialized assessment strategies and behavioral intervention approaches recognized as appropriate in disability services. Consequently, internship training is designed so that interns gain experience in many areas of clinical child and pediatric psychology, as well as develop some level of expertise in specific topic areas. (Roberts et al., 1998). Ethical, legal, professional, cultural, ethnic and advocacy issues are addressed as they apply to assessment and intervention.

The internship concentration has identified several domains of competency that are the targets of our training. Those domains are:

  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Consultation and Interdisciplinary Relationships
  • Scientific Foundations and Research
  • Advocacy
  • Professionalism

These are core competencies that transcend theoretical orientations, are essential to all activities of professional psychologists and are directly related to the quality of psychological services. We believe that individuals can be educated and trained to develop these competencies and that these competencies can be assessed. Therefore, trainee growth and development is assessed on these competencies.

The majority of the intern's outpatient clinical work will take place at the Developmental Assessment Program (DAP), located in the same building as the Center for Autism Disorders.

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