Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides clinical experiences to develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of pediatric psychology.

Heather Yardley, PhD
Program Director
(614) 722-4700

About the Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The post-doctoral training program in Pediatric Psychology at Nationwide Children's Hospital is conducted under the auspices of the Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology, as well as the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The training program is designed to provide clinical experiences to develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of pediatric psychology. The program follows the scientist-practitioner model of training and prepares fellows for careers in settings that address the biopsychosocial needs of children, adolescents, and their families. Our fellowship program utilizes seminars and other didactic opportunities to enhance on-the-job experience in research and clinical service.

The Division of Psychology includes more than 20 psychologists who all hold academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. The Division provides diverse inpatient and outpatient clinical services, supports active research programs and houses a predoctoral internship in pediatric psychology, neuropsychology, intellectual and developmental disability psychology and clinical child psychology that is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The Division is one of three integrated programs in Nationwide Children’s Pediatric Behavioral Health Department, which also includes the Child Development Center and Psychiatry and Community Behavioral Health programs. The Division also collaborates with the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the Division of Complex Care and more than two dozen other Divisions or Departments at Nationwide Children’s.

What you need to know

Fellowship Opportunities

The Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology offers four Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities with different specializations. Specialty areas are described below. Some opportunities may vary based on faculty availability and patient and program needs.


This fellowship emphasizes involvement with multi- and interdisciplinary teams working with patients with a wide variety of gastroenterological conditions. The fellow is exposed to various treatment approaches including behavioral interventions, CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing and biofeedback. The fellow’s experiences will include working in medical clinics, outpatient therapy, inpatient consultation, and working with intensive treatment regimens for children with feeding disorders and adolescents with rumination syndrome. Additionally, the fellow has the opportunity to participate in quality improvement projects in the ImproveCareNow (ICN) network through the IBD Center.


This fellowship provides an opportunity to work with a variety of medical populations across the lifespan, including endocrinology, neurology, and infectious disease. Interventions focus on adjustment to diagnosis (e.g., epilepsy, traumatic brain injury), pain and stress management using biofeedback, adherence to medical regimens (i.e., diabetes) and long-term hospitalization. The fellow is responsible for working with patients involved in interdisciplinary medical clinics, as well as seeing patients during inpatient consultation and outpatient treatment.


This fellowship emphasizes clinical training in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain in children and adolescents, and their families. The fellow participates in inpatient consultation, interdisciplinary clinics, and outpatient treatment. Fellows are responsible for providing services in the Pain Services Clinic, Headache Clinic and in the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Clinic, where an integrative approach to patient care is followed. Other conditions include rheumatologic disorders, gastroenterology conditions, chronic headaches and orthopedic problems.


Fellows gain experience in working with children and families who have been exposed to medical trauma. Experiences include working with acute and chronic medical populations to assist with adjustment to new diagnosis (e.g., burns, unintentional injury, traumatic brain injury), long-term hospitalization and end-of-life issues. Fellows are involved in inpatient consultation to pediatric intensive care and surgery units as well as in interdisciplinary clinics (e.g., burn clinic). There will also be various opportunities for outpatient treatment as well.

Salary & Benefits
  • Annual salary: $44,556 (commensurate with NIH standards)
  • Partial reimbursement for moving expenses
  • Academic funds are available to support conference or training attendance
  • Paid time off and professional leave
  • Faculty Preceptor/Mentorship
  • Didactic and research seminars
    • Fellowship Seminar focusing on professional development and training
    • Research Seminar is a forum for interns and fellows to present research
  • Teaching Experience
    • Four presentations per year
    • Research Seminar
    • Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Presentations
    • Medical staff presentations
    • Community or conference presentations
  • Umbrella supervisory experience
    • Interns and practicum students
Application & Eligibility


Applications are accepted from individuals who have completed APA approved graduate programs and internships in clinical, counseling, or school psychology. Preference is given to individuals who have previous clinical and research experience in pediatric psychology, especially in a hospital setting. To be considered a fellow, individuals must have completed their dissertation defense before beginning the fellowship program.

Application and Interviews

Applicants must submit:

  • A letter of interest describing relevant training, work experience, goals for postdoctoral development, and the specific track(s) of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference- letters may be sent with the application or under separate cover

Materials may be mailed or emailed to Dr. Yardley:

Heather Lehmkuhl Yardley, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Department of Psychology
3rd Floor, J West building
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

Applications are due December 1, 2016. Interviews will be held in early January after completion of their review.


For more information regarding the Fellowship, please contact:

Program Director:
Heather Lehmkuhl Yardley, PhD
(614) 722-4700


Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000