Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Application :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Application Details

Positions Available

The Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, in affiliation with The Ohio State University, Department of Pediatrics, has 2-3 openings for Post-doctoral Fellows starting August 2013.  Candidates for these positions must have obtained their doctoral degree from an APA-approved program by the start date. Fellowships are 1-2 years in duration. Salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines, and benefits are competitive. While focused training in specific areas is available, fellows will also have the opportunity to gain experience across specialties, as well as in Endocrinology and Neurology. Research opportunities may also be available. Descriptions of the areas of focus are highlighted below.

Chronic Pediatric Pain:  This fellowship will emphasize clinical training in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain in children and adolescents, and their families. Experiences will include inpatient consultation, interdisciplinary clinics, and outpatient treatment. Inpatient consultation will focus on referrals from the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program and the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, as well as the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Department of Pediatric Surgery. Fellows will be responsible for providing services in the Pain Services Clinic and in the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Clinic, where an integrative approach to patient care is followed. Patients with varied medical conditions are seen in the Pain Services Clinic, including rheumatologic disorders, gastroenterology conditions, chronic headaches, and orthopedic problems. There will also be opportunities to work with specific pain populations on an outpatient basis from these referral sources. Research opportunities will be available based on applicant’s previous experience and interests. Specific questions about this track should be addressed to

Critical Care Medicine:  This fellowship will emphasize child and family adjustment to admission into an intensive care unit, for a variety of reasons: prematurity/newborn health problems (NICU), congenital heart defects (CICU), and medical trauma (PICU). Fellows will be responsible for working with chronic medical populations focusing on adjustment to diagnosis (e.g., pulmonary complications, birth anomalies, genetic disorders, congenital heart defect, burns, accidental injury) and long-term hospitalization, including palliative care and end-of-life issues. Experiences will include predominantly inpatient consultation as well as interdisciplinary clinics (e.g., neonatal developmental clinic, burn clinic), and outpatient treatment as needed. Specific questions about this track should be addressed to or

General Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology:This fellowship will provide an opportunity to work with a variety of medical populations across the lifespan, including endocrinology, cardiology, rheumatology, pulmonary rehabilitation, and neurology. Interventions will focus on adjustment to diagnosis (e.g., congenital heart defect, solid organ transplant, lupus, diabetes), pain management using biofeedback, and long-term hospitalization.  The fellow will be responsible for working with patients involved in interdisciplinary medical clinics (diabetes, headache clinic, cardiology clinic, pulmonary rehab) as well as seeing patients during inpatient consultation and outpatient treatment. Specific questions about this track should be addressed to

Pediatric Gastroenterology:This fellowship will emphasize involvement with multi- and interdisciplinary teams working with patients with a wide variety of gastroenterological conditions.  Populations include children and adolescents with functional GI disorders, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), constipation, motility disorders, rumination syndrome, and feeding problems.  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.  All four of the fellow’s supervisors work specifically within the GI service.  The fellow will be exposed to various treatment approaches including behavioral interventions, CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, and biofeedback.  Opportunities for the fellow to be involved in teaching, research, program development, and umbrella supervision also will be available. Specific questions about this track should be addressed to Anthony Alioto, Ph.D., BCB, at


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 had 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

Applications should include a letter of interest stating career goals, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. Candidates should state to which track(s) they are applying. If multiple tracks are of interest, these should be rank ordered in the cover letter.  

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 10, 2014. Please mail materials to:

Kristen Gsanger-Trott, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
3rd Floor J West Building
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio, 43205

Interviews will be arranged after a review of applications, likely in the 2nd week of February.

Questions about the pediatric psychology fellowship training program should be directed to Kristen Gsanger-Trott, Ph.D.

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