Pediatric Acute Treatment (PAT) Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Pediatric Acute Treatment (PAT) Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Psychology Pediatric Acute Treatment (PAT) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides clinical experiences to develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of psychiatric acute care.

This fellowship follows a scientist-practitioner model of training and was developed with the mission of establishing an opportunity for advanced training in evidence-based interventions with children and adolescents in acute psychiatric crisis, who present with serious mental illness and complex behavioral problems. Our goal is to train psychologists to demonstrate leadership in the areas of clinical service, training, research and excellence in the provision of care for youth and families with serious mental illness in the context of acute psychiatric services.

Our postdoctoral fellowship is located in the Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Behavioral Health Pavilion is America’s largest pediatric hospital devoted exclusively to the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral health complexities. The hospital uniquely integrates acute behavioral health services with intensive outpatient programs. Services provided in the Behavioral Health Pavilion include a Psychiatric Crisis Department (PCD) with an extended observation suite, three inpatient psychiatric units, a Partial Hospitalization Program, the Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit and the Mood and Anxiety Clinic which houses an Intensive Outpatient Program and a Dialectical Behavioral Treatment Program. The Behavioral health Pavilion also houses the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research and other outpatient psychiatric services.

What You Need to Know


The Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH) in affiliation with The Ohio State University, Department of Pediatrics, has openings for postdoctoral fellows in pediatric acute treatment for the 2023 - 2024 training year. Start dates can be July 3, 2023 or August 28, 2023. Training experiences are available in the following areas: 

  • Provide consultation services to the inpatient psychiatric and medical units, the psychiatric emergency and observation units. This may include completing suicide risk assessments, diagnostic interviews and short-term crisis-focused interventions with youth and families. 
  • Facilitate therapeutic groups on the inpatient units; including the Dialectical Behavioral Treatment Program and CBT informed groups.
  • Provide clinical care through psychiatry C/L and medical psychiatric units.
  • Administer and interpret psychological assessment batteries with psychiatrically complex patients.
  • Outpatient individual and family therapy with patients presenting with complex psychiatric and behavioral concerns.

In addition to clinical responsibilities, the postdoctoral fellows will participate in daily interdisciplinary rounds and case conferences. The fellows will also participate in specialty seminars and didactics on topics relevant to working with youth with serious mental illness and to evidence-based practices in acute care.

Opportunities for research or program development are available for interested fellows and are encouraged. Umbrella supervision with a psychology intern will be available for fellows, as well as opportunities for involvement in staff training on the inpatient units.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and its Close-to-Home 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 44 full-time faculty members. Columbus is a rapidly growing metropolitan area with a population of 2.1 million.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Qualified applicants will have obtained their doctoral degree from APA or CPA-approved graduate programs in clinical, counseling or school psychology. Preference is given to individuals who have previous clinical and research experience in hospital psychiatric acute settings, intensive outpatient programs or in suicide prevention. To be considered a fellow, individuals must have completed their dissertation defense before beginning the fellowship program.

Fellowships are one year in duration and salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines, with competitive benefits.

Application and Interviews

Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2022. Applicants must submit:

  1. Letter of interest describing relevant training, work experiences, and goals for postdoctoral development
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Three letters of reference

Materials may be mailed or emailed. Reference letters may be sent with the application or separately. Please mail all materials to:

Caroline Hodgson, PhD
Department of Psychology
3rd Floor J West Building
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio, 43205


For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Caroline Hodgson, PhD
Program Director