Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides clinical experiences to develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of pediatric psychology.

The post-doctoral training program in Pediatric Psychology at Nationwide Children's Hospital is conducted under the auspices of the Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology, as well as the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The training program is designed to provide clinical experiences to develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of pediatric psychology. The program follows the scientist-practitioner model of training and prepares fellows for careers in settings that address the biopsychosocial needs of children, adolescents and their families. Our fellowship program utilizes seminars and other didactic opportunities to enhance on-the-job experience in research and clinical service.

The Division of Psychology includes more than 20 psychologists who all hold academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. The Division provides diverse inpatient and outpatient clinical services, supports active research programs and houses a predoctoral internship in pediatric psychology, neuropsychology, intellectual and developmental disability psychology and clinical child psychology that is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The Division is one of three integrated programs in Nationwide Children’s Pediatric Behavioral Health Department, which also includes the Child Development Center, Psychiatry and Community Behavioral Health programs. The Division also collaborates with the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the Division of Complex Care and more than two dozen other divisions or departments at Nationwide Children’s.

What You Need to Know

Fellowship Opportunities

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 Post-doctoral fellows for the 2021-2022 training year. The preferred start date is July 1, 2021 with flexibility to start in late August. Training experiences are available in the following areas: 

  • Hematology/Oncology/BMT
  • Pediatric Critical Care (PICU, NICU, CTICU)
  • Pediatric Chronic Pain
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology (functional GI disorders, IBD, feeding)
  • Primary Care

Some opportunities may vary based on faculty availability and patient and program needs.  Pediatric psychology fellows will have the opportunity to provide short-term and longer-term therapeutic intervention across settings and via telehealth. Fellows will participate in interdisciplinary medical clinics, provide consultation and liaison services to inpatient units and provide outpatient treatment in the Department of Psychology and Neuropsychology. 

Qualified applicants will have obtained their doctoral degree from an APA- or CPA-approved program by the start date. Fellowships are one year in duration and salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines, with competitive benefits. Fellows will participate in teaching and training opportunities in the division. Collaborative research opportunities will also be available.

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.

Salary & Benefits

  • Annual salary: $50,004 (commensurate with NIH standards)
  • Partial reimbursement for moving expenses
  • Academic funds are available to support conference or training attendance
  • Paid time off and professional leave
  • Faculty preceptor/mentorship
  • Didactic and research seminars
    • Fellowship seminar focusing on professional development and training
    • Research seminar is a forum for interns and fellows to present research
  • Teaching experience
    • Four presentations per year
    • Research seminar
    • Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics presentations
    • Medical staff presentations
    • Community or conference presentations
  • Umbrella supervisory experience
    • Interns and practicum students


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 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 will be accepted through December 1, 2020. Applicants must submit:

  1. Letter of interest describing relevant training, work experience, goals for postdoctoral development and the specific track(s) of interest
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Three letters of reference

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

Sarah VerLee, 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:

Sarah VerLee, PhD
Program Director
(614) 722-4700