Clinical Child Psychology

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology

The goal of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Clinical Child fellowship in psychology is to provide post-doctoral trainees with the best available generalist training, to develop and achieve mastery of the knowledge and skills needed to become successful, versatile, independently-licensed psychologists. The broad-based training foundation provided via the Clinical Child fellowship should prepare trainees either for future careers as generalist child and adolescent psychologists or for future specialization. We aim to provide this knowledge through didactics, supervision, and diverse clinical experiences in a community mental health center setting.

Clinical Child fellows participate in a wide range of clinical activities in our interdisciplinary outpatient Close to Home Centers, including frequent consultation with social workers, clinical counselors, psychiatrists, educators, and primary care pediatricians. Clinical Child fellows are located at various outpatient clinics, including sites in Dublin and the Livingston Ambulatory Center (LAC).

Clinical Child fellows devote approximately 50 percent of their client contact hours to the role of primary clinician for long- and short-term individual therapy cases with children and adolescents, as well as cases requiring parent behavior management training. Fellow caseloads will include a range of internalizing and externalizing psychological disorders that occur in children and families across all age ranges. Fellows will also have the opportunity to co-facilitate an evidence-based group treatment (i.e., The Incredible Years or Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy).

Clinical Child fellows devote the remaining 50 percent of their client contact hours to psychological assessment. Typical referral questions include learning disorders, ADHD, and diagnostic clarification regarding other behavioral and emotional difficulties. Evaluations involve evidence-based assessment strategies and typically center on objective testing of cognitive, academic, and emotional/behavioral functioning.

What You Need to Know

Curriculum

The one-year Clinical Child fellowship requires the provision of approximately 19 hours of face-to-face client services per week. Clinical Child fellows work five days per week, including two evenings during the week. There is no "on-call" coverage. Hours worked per week generally range from 40 to 50.

Clinical Child fellows consistently identify the amount and quality of supervision received as highlights of their training experiences. Clinical Child fellows receive a minimum of 2 hours of regularly scheduled, face-to-face, individual supervision per week (split between two supervisors), focusing on treatment and assessment cases assigned to the fellow. Clinical Child fellows also participate in a weekly 2-hour clinical consultation and training group. This group supervision (referred to as "vertical team"), brings together psychology trainees at various stages of development (including Clinical Child fellows and pre-doctoral interns from our APA-accredited Clinical Child internship). Time in vertical team is typically split between didactics in relevant specialty areas and clinical case presentations designed to enhance the practical application of content discussed in didactics. Finally, each fellow is assigned a preceptor - independent of the fellow's direct supervisors - who is charged with providing an ongoing, supportive relationship; ensuring the fellow's experiences are consistent with the fellow's goals and objectives; and acting as a mentor regarding professional development issues.

In addition to didactics provided in the context of vertical team, Clinical Child fellows attend a fellowship seminar, held twice per month with fellows from Nationwide Children's other psychology fellowship programs.

Clinical Child fellows will be expected to complete a research project or scholarly activity. This could involve proposal of a quality improvement (QI) project, formal data collection, or program development proposal. Clinical Child fellows will receive training in the QI process. Fellows may have opportunities to participate in outcome research related to current NCH programs, though this is not required.

Big Lots Behavioral Health Services

The Clinical Child fellowship program is administratively housed in Big Lots Behavioral Health Services, a multidisciplinary service line responsible for all mental and behavioral health services at Nationwide Children's. Big Lots Behavioral Health Services is the third largest department in the hospital, providing over 229,000 outpatient visits to over 33,000 unique patients in 2018 alone. In 2020, the hospital will open the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, the largest behavioral health treatment and research center on a pediatric medical campus in the United States.

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll for the last six years on U.S. News and World Report's list of "Best Children's Hospitals", Nationwide Children's is one of America's largest not-for-profit, freestanding pediatric health care systems, providing wellness, preventative, diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitative care for infants, children, and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease.

Meet Our Faculty

Benjamin Fields, PhD, MEd

  • Clinical Interests:
    • Assessment and treatment of ADHD
    • Assessment of learning disorders
    • Parent behavior management training

Michael P. Flores, PhD

  • Clinical Interests:
    • Assessment, treatment, and psychoeducation pertaining to ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders
    • Mental health access and treatment in families where grandparents are primary caretakers of grandchildren
    • Program evaluation of The Incredible Years parenting group; adaptations of the model for unique prevention, treatment, and culturally sensitive uses
    • How the mind-gut relationship may affect mental health presentation and treatment

Blair Krieger, PhD

  • Clinical Interests:
    • ADHD
    • Disruptive behavior
    • The Incredible Years
    • Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy

William J. Leever, PsyD

  • Clinical Interests
    • Transdiagnostic treatments for internalizing disorders
    • Third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies
    • Implementation of brief evidence-based assessment procedures

Molly R. Meers, PhD

  • Clinical Interests:
    • Assessment and treatment of mood disorders
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Mindfulness

Jennifer Muñoz, PhD

  • Clinical Interests:
    • Behavior management
    • OCD
    • Social anxiety
    • ADHD

Raisa Ray, PhD

  • Clinical Interests:
    • ADHD (behavior management for children and adolescents)
    • Social impairment associated with ADHD, social anxiety, and depression
    • Adolescent depression and anxiety

Lisa Sperle, PhD

  • Clinical Interests:
    • OCD
    • Anxiety
    • ADHD
    • Trauma-informed care

Danielle Walerius, PhD (University of Louisville, 2017)

  • Clinical Interests:
    • Behavior management for ADHD
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Anxiety disorders

Kelly Wesolowski, PsyD

  • Clinical Interests:
    • ADHD
    • Disruptive behavior
    • Parent training
    • Anxiety disorders

Lynda Wolfe, PhD

  • Clinical Interests:
    • Assessment and treatment of ADHD
    • Behavior management

Salary and Benefits

Our Fellows are hospital employees, and as such, they are eligible for the same benefits other full-time staff receive (with the exception of paid time off, which is outlined.) Click here to learn more about fellowship benefits.

Salary for Clinical Child fellows is $50,004 for the 2019-2020 year (exact salary for 2020-2021 fellows is yet to be determined but should be comparable). In addition, fellows receive 15 days of paid vacation and/or sick leave; 6 additional paid holidays; up to 5 days of paid leave for professional development activities (e.g., job interviews, conference attendance); and up to $1000 in professional development funds (e.g., for licensure or conference attendance).

Application and Interview Process

There will be three (3) fellowship spots available for the 2020-2021 year. Applicants for the Clinical Child fellowship must be on track to complete all requirements of an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical, school, or counseling psychology and a one-year clinical APA-accredited internship, the bulk of which must be focused on children and adolescents. Completion of all requirements for the doctoral degree is expected by the beginning of the fellowship training year, though we understand that graduation ceremony dates may delay conferral of the doctoral degree until after the start of fellowship.

Applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship are due by Friday, January 10, 2020. The fellowship begins Monday, August 24, 2020. Applicants for the Clinical Child fellowship are required to submit a current CV, three letters of recommendation (one must be from an internship supervisor), a copy of the APPI form the applicant used for internship, and a cover letter that describes relevant training and career goals (max. 2 pages). There is a strong preference for individuals with developmentally-oriented clinical training with experience conducting evidence-based treatment and assessment. Clinical experience with children and adolescents is required for this position.

Please send all application materials to:

Clinical Child Fellowship Program
C/O Benjamin Fields, PhD, MEd
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Big Lots Behavioral Health Services
5675 Venture Drive
Dublin, OH 43017

Alternately, application materials may be sent electronically to Benjamin.Fields@nationwidechildrens.org.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Benjamin Fields, PhD, MEd
Program Director
(614) 355-9580
Benjamin.Fields@nationwidechildrens.org