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 4 openings pending funding for Post-doctoral Fellows starting August 2015. Qualified applicants will have obtained their doctoral degree from an APA- or CPA-approved program by the start date. Fellowships are 1-2 years in duration. Salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines, and benefits are competitive. Research opportunities may also be available. Descriptions of the areas of focus are highlighted below.

Deadline for applications is Friday, January 8, 2016.

Chronic Pediatric PainThis 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. 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, genetic defects, and medical trauma. Fellows will be responsible for working with chronic medical populations focusing on adjustment to diagnosis (e.g., pulmonary complications, birth anomalies, genetic disorders, burns, accidental injury) and long-term hospitalization, including palliative care and end-of-life issues. Experiences will include predominantly inpatient consultation as well as family support in interdisciplinary clinics (e.g., neonatal developmental 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, neurology, rheumatology, and pulmonology. Interventions will focus on adjustment to diagnosis (e.g., burn, lupus, diabetes), pain management using biofeedback, and long-term hospitalization. The fellow will be responsible for working with patients involved in interdisciplinary medical clinics (burn, diabetes, headache, 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. 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. Populations include children and adolescents with functional GI disorders (e.g., functional abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, short gut/bowel, 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. While prior exposure to any pediatric GI population is beneficial, it is not mandatory in order to be considered a strong candidate. Specific questions about this track should be addressed to Anthony Alioto, Ph.D., BCB, at

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and its Close-to-Home Guidance Centers provide the majority of pediatric health and behavioral health care services and training opportunities in Central Ohio and serve a population of over 3 million. Close working relationships with pediatric physicians and other researchers are well established and allow for clinical and research training in a number of areas. The Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital currently has 22 full-time faculty members. Columbus is a rapidly growing metropolitan area with a population over 1.5 million. For more information about Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Columbus, Ohio, visit us on the web at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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

Applicants must submit: (1) a letter of interest describing relevant training, work experience, goals for postdoctoral development, and the specific track(s) of interest; (2) a curriculum vita; and (3) three letters of reference. Letters may be sent with the application or under separate cover. Please mail all materials to:

Heather Yardley, 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 Heather Yardley, Ph.D.

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