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 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 and 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 offers four Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities with different specializations. Specialty areas are described below. Some opportunities may vary based on faculty availability and patient and program needs.

Chronic Pediatric Pain

This fellowship will emphasize clinical training in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain in children and adolescents, and their families. Experiences will include inpatient consultation, interdisciplinary clinics, and outpatient treatment. Fellows will gain experience with varied medical conditions through inpatient consults for sickle cell disease, rheumatologic disorders, gastroenterology conditions, head pain, pseudotumor cerebri, and other functional pain problems. Fellows will be responsible for providing services in the Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic, the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Clinic and the Headache Clinic. There will also be opportunities to work with specific functional pain populations on an outpatient basis from multiple referral sources, utilizing biofeedback. Development of clinical programming and research will also be available through the Pseudotumor Clinic, the first in the country to provide comprehensive care for pediatric populations. Other research opportunities will be available based on applicant’s previous experience and interests.

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General Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology

This fellowship will provide an opportunity to work with a variety of medical populations across the lifespan, including endocrinology, neurology, infectious disease, and plastic surgery. Interventions will focus on adjustment to diagnosis (e.g., epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, cleft lip and palate), pain and stress management using biofeedback, adherence to medical regimens (i.e., diabetes) and long-term hospitalization.  The fellow will be responsible for working with patients involved in interdisciplinary medical clinics, as well as seeing patients during inpatient consultation and outpatient treatment.

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Pediatric Gastroenterology

This fellowship will emphasize involvement with multi- and interdisciplinary teams working with patients with a wide variety of gastroenterological conditions.  Opportunities for the fellow to be involved in teaching, research, program development, and umbrella supervision also will be available. Populations include children and adolescents with functional GI disorders (e.g., functional abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, short gut/bowel, constipation, motility disorders, rumination syndrome, and feeding problems.  The fellow’s experiences will include working in medical clinics, outpatient therapy, inpatient consultation, and working with intensive treatment regimens for adolescents with rumination syndrome. While prior exposure to any pediatric GI population is beneficial, it is not mandatory in order to be considered a strong candidate. 

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Pediatric Medical Trauma

This fellowship will focus on working with children and families who have been exposed to medical trauma and critical care settings.  Experiences will include working with acute and chronic medical populations focusing on adjustment to new diagnosis (e.g., burns, unintentional injury, traumatic brain injury), long-term hospitalization, and end of life issues.  Fellows will be involved in inpatient consultation and liaison services to pediatric intensive care and surgery units as well as interdisciplinary clinics (e.g., burn clinic, trauma surgery clinic) with opportunities to expand into other critical care populations (Neonatal Intensive Care and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units).  There will also be outpatient care opportunities available through the psychology department.  Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center with an American Burn Association verified burn center.  Psychology is routinely involved in interdisciplinary patient care. 

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Primary Care/Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

This fellowship will provide an opportunity to work in both Primary Care and Adolescent Medicine outpatient clinics in a multidisciplinary team. The fellow will spend approximately 3 to 4 days per week in outpatient clinics. Experiences include opportunity for rapid consultation and intervention as well as the ability to follow patients for short term interventions in clinics. The fellow will also provide consultation to Pediatric Residents and Fellows in clinic. Inpatient consultation will focus on Adolescent Medicine consults and for our Eating Disorders inpatient program.

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Fellows will have the opportunity to work with medically and developmentally complex patients in the Comprehensive Pediatric Feeding Program, providing therapy as part of our intensive feeding track, interdisciplinary assessments, and traditional outpatient cases. In addition, fellows will provide inpatient consultation to medical teams for patient exhibiting eating difficulties and food aversion. 

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Salary & Benefits

  • Annual salary: $47,484 (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

Application & Eligibility


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

Applicants must submit:

  • A letter of interest describing relevant training, work experience, goals for postdoctoral development, and the specific track(s) of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference- letters may be sent with the application or under separate cover

Materials may be mailed or emailed to Dr. VerLee: 

Sarah VerLee, PhD 
Pediatric Psychologist 
Nationwide Children's Hospital 
Department of Psychology 
3rd Floor, J West building 
700 Children's Drive 
Columbus, OH 43205

Applications are due December 10, 2018. Interviews will be held in early January after completion of their review. 


For more information regarding the Fellowship, please contact:

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