Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Postdoctoral Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital specializes in the assessment and treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (IND) Postdoctoral Fellows work in an interdisciplinary setting focusing on the assessment and diagnosis of children referred for possible autism and other developmental concerns. Training in innovative, and evidence-based treatments are central to the fellowship program.

Our IND fellows work with developmental behavioral pediatricians, neurologists, advanced practice nurses, speech and language pathologists, psychiatrists, genetic counselors and GI specialists. Fellows also participate in graduate student and psychology intern training and development, as well as medical education by leading teaching clinics and seminars. There are also umbrella supervision opportunities, including supervision of psychology interns, graduate students, and psychometricians.

The Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (IND) Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program is a two year position and has been established for nearly 30 years. We have always taken pride in training leaders in our field.

The IND Postdoctoral Fellowship is conducted as part of Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children's Hospital in affiliation with the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. Fellows receive faculty appointments in The Ohio State University Department of Pediatrics.

The Fellowship is housed within the Child Development Center (CDC) of Nationwide Children's Hospital, which is located at one of the hospital’s Close To Home Centers in Westerville, Ohio. Various training experiences also occur at the hospital’s Main Campus and other locations around Columbus.

Fellows work five days per week, typically 40-50 hours per week. There is no "on-call" coverage.

What You Need to Know

Training & Experience

The IND Postdoctoral Fellowship trains in accordance with the scientist-practitioner model. The fellowship is viewed as a process of leadership specialization, whereby fellows are provided with the opportunity to demonstrate increasingly independent practice over the course of the program. Provision of necessary knowledge and skill base is undertaken in the context of modeling, mentoring, teaching and supervision. Training occurs across the following areas of core competence, which are essential to all activities of professional psychologists and are directly related to the quality of psychological services:

  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Consultation and Interdisciplinary Relationships
  • Scientific Foundations and Research
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Professional Development


At the CDC, Fellows work as part of an Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Assessment (IDA) team.

Team members include Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians; Pediatric Neurologists, Psychiatrists or Advanced Practice Nurses; Speech Therapists; Psychometricians; and Nurses/Medical Assistants.

During IDAs, children suspected of autism or developmental delay are evaluated by the full team. Fellows then complete a full psychological assessment to further document the child’s functioning and generate recommendations for services.

Fellows also complete independent psychological evaluations of children with other intellectual and developmental disabilities at the CDC.

Assessment activities also occur within several hospital-based, medical sub-specialty clinics as well as an ICF/IID (Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities). Typical responsibilities in these clinics include brief psychological testing and/or behavioral consultation. Current clinics with IND Fellowship involvement are:

  • Heinzerling Foundation (ICF/IDD facility)
  • Neurodevelopmental Clinic (Department of Neurology)
  • Post-Injury Clinic (Department of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics)
  • Fellows Clinic (Department of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics)

Participation in occasional hospital inpatient consultations will occur throughout the year. Consultations typically involve diagnostic/development assessment, decisions about the appropriateness of placement in an ICF/IDD, as well as appropriate behavioral recommendations related to medical complications occurring among children with developmental disabilities.


Special training opportunities focused on behavioral therapy for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities is an integral part of training, and Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) approaches are most commonly used. Treatment experiences will cover a wide range of presenting problems, including diagnoses such as Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Anxiety Disorders and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Treatment referrals commonly seen are those typical to children with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities, including feeding problems, noncompliance, aggression, self-injury, sleep problems, toileting delays and other gastrointestinal issues. There may be complicating family/psychosocial issues to address. Treatment cases may also involve habilitative interventions for adaptive behavior, language development, school and academic interventions, and early intensive behavioral intervention for autism or other developmental disorders.

Fellows will provide outpatient treatment services throughout the year as well as participate in a bimonthly Behavior Intervention Clinic in which a team of trainees and psychology faculty assess behavioral problems and develop a treatment plan for ongoing management. Additionally, Fellows participate in the program’s outpatient feeding treatment services, which include an intensive model (child and family attend three feeding appointments per week).

Treatment services are also interdisciplinary, emphasizing collaboration with physicians on medical management, clinical social workers on family therapy, and possibly Board Certified Behavior Analysts on behavioral interventions.


IND Fellows take part in advocacy activities during the fellowship. Past opportunities have included school observation visits, assistance with IEP planning, interaction with legislators and developing presentations for community organizations or schools.

Professional Development Project and Research

Fellows will complete a research or program development project over the course of their fellowship.

Goal of this project: To give Fellows valuable experience in taking a leadership role in developing and carrying out a project to improve practice or increase knowledge in the area of neurodevelopmental disabilities.

  • Project will increase the Fellow’s competitiveness for future employment in their chosen job setting.
  • Project will be developed and carried out under the guidance of the postdoctoral co-directors, taking into account Fellow’s interests and career goals.
  • At the culmination of this project, Fellows will prepare a presentation to share with CDC faculty that can serve as a job talk for future employment opportunities.

To facilitate these projects, Fellows participate in a biweekly research group to discuss study design and review relevant scholarly literature. There are additional opportunities to participate in research projects being run by other psychology faculty based on the Fellow’s interests. Fellows also can attend Autism Treatment Network (ATN) Webinars.

Other Training Activities

Various educational opportunities occur throughout the week at the CDC:

  • Each week, fellows attend Treatment Rounds with faculty and other trainees, which will include discussion and presentation of empirically-based treatment programs as well as an opportunity to discuss the application of treatments to specific cases.
  • Clinical Case Problem Conference(also known as “Stump the Chump”) is a bi-weekly case conference that requires the fellows to present assessment cases to other trainees and CDC faculty. This is an opportunity to receive feedback about assessment procedures, interpretation of results, and ideas for recommendations.
  • Cutting Edge Seminar occurs monthly. Guest speakers from the community, various medical departments at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, or professionals at The Ohio State University share their research on topics relevant to IND concerns.
  • Journal Club occurs monthly and includes discussion of relevant scholarly literature.
  • Diagnostic Intake (DI) Rounds also occurs monthly and is led by CDC’s social work/family therapy team to problem-solve concerns that arise during CDC intake appointments.


Fellows will be assigned a specific primary supervisor responsible for providing supervision for all assessment and therapy cases. Over the course of the training program, all Fellows receive supervision from a number of different faculty members in subspecialty clinics. Supervision includes both individual and group modalities.


The IND Postdoctoral Fellowship program is operated by a training faculty who are all licensed psychologists employed by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Fellowship Training Committee representatives include:

  • Jonathan Wilkins, PhD, Co-Director
  • Elizabeth Kryszak, PhD, Co-Director
  • Courtney Rice, PsyD, Fellowship Coordinator for Interprofessional Training
  • Micheline Silva, PhD, Fellowship Coordinator for Outreach and Advocacy
  • Megan Norris, PhD, Fellowship Coordinator for Professional Development
  • Eric Butter, PhD, Director, Child Development Center; Chief of Psychology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Committee Roles

The Co-Directors provide curricular and scientific leadership for the fellowship as a whole as well as guidance and mentorship on the professional development project. Co-Directors are also responsible for leading the training committee through recruitment, evaluation, retention, public relations, and other tasks requiring administrative leadership.

The Committee meets quarterly to discuss broad training issues, set policies, coordinate a smooth training experience for Fellows, evaluate Fellows’ progress, and evaluate the Fellowship Program. Fellows are invited to attend the majority of committee meetings.

  • The Coordinator for Interprofessional Training provides training in interprofessional collaboration and supports the Fellows’ work in several interdisciplinary clinics.
  • The Fellowship Coordinator for Outreach and Advocacy is tasked with continuing our local, national, and international outreach efforts with the Fellows as well as supporting advocacy and policy training for Fellows.
  • The Fellowship Coordinator for Professional Development is specifically charged with helping Fellows plan a transition into their Early Career status.

Application & Selection

Applicants from behavioral, clinical, counseling, and school psychology programs are invited to apply. We aim to provide trainees from broad backgrounds with both the general and specialty-oriented knowledge and skills needed for specialization in the field of IND psychology.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Applicants should have experience in clinical child/pediatric psychology
  • Interest in working in an interdisciplinary setting, focusing on the assessment and diagnosis of, as well as providing behavioral treatments for children referred for possible autism spectrum disorders or other developmental delays and disabilities.
  • Possess a doctorate in psychology and have training in the scientist-practitioner model.

There are three IND Postdoctoral Fellowship positions at the CDC. The Fellowship occurs over a two-year period. Available positions will be open until filled, and applications will be reviewed immediately. The position’s salary is $47, 844 per year; fellows are supported by a full benefits package.

How to Apply

We will begin reviewing applications for the 2017-2018 training year on Dec. 15, 2016. Qualified candidates will be invited for a formal interview either on-site or via video conference/Skype depending on availability.

Nationwide Children's Hospital is following the APPIC Universal Notification Date of Feb. 27, 2017. After this date, we will continue reviewing applications until all positions are filled.

Because the Fellowship in Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities offers the option of a second year, availability of open positions can vary. Interested candidates are encouraged to inquire about the availability of open positions for the upcoming training year before formally applying. Interested candidates should then send/email a cover letter stating career goals and their curriculum vitae to the address listed below. Please also submit two letters of recommendation sent either via direct email from letter writers or use of standard mail.

Jonathan Wilkins, Ph.D.
Co-Director Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology, the Ohio State University
Clinical Psychologist, Child Development Center
187 West Schrock Road
Westerville, OH 43081

Phone: (614) 355-7500

Email submissions are encouraged.

About Nationwide Children's

Nationwide Children's Hospital is a U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll hospital and provides the majority of pediatric medical and behavioral health care services in central and southeastern Ohio, serving a population of more than 3 million. The catchment area includes West Virginia and Kentucky.

It is located in Columbus, the state capital, which is a rapidly growing, diverse metropolitan area with a population of more than 1.9 million. There is a large Somali population in Columbus as well as a growing Hispanic population. For more information about Columbus, Ohio, visit Experience Columbus.

The Child Development Center is an established interdisciplinary program designed to serve the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Our program is designated as a site in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) and the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). The CDC is one of the most comprehensive and largest neurodevelopmental psychology departments in the country and is part of one of the largest Pediatric Behavioral Health units. The program is also housed within the same building as the hospital’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, which focuses on the intervention needs of children and families diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.


For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Fellowship Co-Directors

Elizabeth Krysak, PhD 
(614) 355-7500

Jonathan Wilkins, PhD
(614) 355-7500