The post-doctoral training program in Pediatric Psychology at Nationwide Children's Hospital is conducted under the auspices of the Department of Psychology, Children's Hospital; the Center for Biobehavioral Health, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital; and the Division of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University. The training program is designed to provide clinical and research training and 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 experiences to enhance on-the-job experience in research and clinical service.
Both research and clinical fellowships are typically available, and the nature of each fellowship position is determined annually based on funded research opportunities, as well as faculty participation. Clinically-oriented fellowships may include concentrations in a variety of specialty areas, such as cardiology, transplant, gastroenterology, weight management, oncology, pulmonology, or rehabilitation psychology.
Examples of research fellowships that we have offered or are currently offering include concentrations in cardiology, hematology-oncology, and adjustment to pediatric chronic illness and injury. Postdoctoral fellowships are one or two years in length, allowing intensive training with greater levels of independence and specialization in the second year of training. Each postdoctoral fellow works with his or her supervisors to set goals for clinical and research training, teaching, and professional development that are tailored to the individual fellow and the postdoctoral fellowship position that they accept. For information on current opportunities, contact Kristen Gsanger, Ph.D. Available position(s) are posted as they become available.
Nationwide Children's Hospital houses the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University (OSU), which includes over 70 full-time faculty members in 13 separate academic divisions. Nationwide Children's Hospital is the only pediatric tertiary health care provider in central Ohio, with a service region that covers half the state. Through these outreach programs, interns and fellows are able to interact with professionals and patients from urban, suburban, and rural settings.
The Division of Psychology includes 15 psychologists, who all hold academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics in the OSU College of Medicine and Public Health. The division provides diverse inpatient and outpatient clinical services, and supports active research programs. The division houses a predoctoral internship in pediatric psychology, neuropsychology and clinical child psychology that is accredited by the American Psychological Association. There are seven interns, four of whom are located at the hospital.
The Center for Biobehavioral Health is an area of emphasis within The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and includes nine principal investigators with backgrounds in clinical, developmental, and neuro-psychology, psychiatry, and pediatric medicine. The Center for Biobehavioral Health seeks to improve the health and care of children, adolescents, and their families through behavioral research on vulnerable individuals and populations, using a multidisciplinary and biopsychosocial approach. The Research Institute provides numerous training opportunities across disciplines and training programs, including didactics in the ethical conduct of research, research design, and grant writing. Learn more about The Research Institute and the Center for Biobehavioral Health.