Pediatric Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Pediatric Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pediatric Psychology Post-Doctoral 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 70 psychologists who all hold academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, as well as 12 master's-level clinicians. 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, Ohio, in affiliation with The Ohio State University, Department of Pediatrics, has openings for post-doctoral fellows for the 2024-2025 training year, beginning summer 2024 (with start dates early July, 2024, or late August, 2024). Training experiences are available in the following areas: 

  1. Chronic Pediatric Pain
  2. Comprehensive GI
  3. Early Childhood GI
  4. Endocrinology/Obesity
  5. Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
  6. NICU
  7. Pediatric Critical and Complex Care Fellowship
  8. Pediatric Orthopedics/Sports Medicine/Functional Mobility Fellowship
  9. Pediatric Primary Care
  10. Psychiatric Acute Treatment

Learn more about each individual training opportunity

Pediatric psychology fellows will have the opportunity to provide short-term and longer-term therapeutic intervention across hospital 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. Opportunities for umbrella supervision are provided.

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 three 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 70 full-time faculty members and 12 master's-level clinicians. Columbus is a rapidly growing metropolitan area with a population of over 2 million.

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

Salary and Benefits

  • Annual salary: $61,742
  • Partial reimbursement for moving expenses (up to $3,000)
  • 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
    • Other opportunities for presentations and trainings within medical subspecialties
  • Teaching experience at NCH, in the community, or at conferences     
  • 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, 2023. Application materials will be uploaded through APPA CAS, which is free for applications. Through the portal, please submit:

  • A letter of interest describing relevant training, work experience, goals for postdoctoral development and the specific track(s) of interest
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference

For questions, please reach out to Molly Gardner, PhD at


For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Molly Gardner, PhD
Program Director
(614) 722-4700