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.

Adherence and Adjustment Fellowship

This fellowship provides opportunities to work in integrated medical teams for youth with chronic illnesses. Specific interventions will address adjustment to diagnosis (both at onset and ongoing), stress management using biofeedback, and adherence to medical regimens. The fellow will work with a variety of medical populations across the lifespan, including endocrinology, neurology, craniofacial, adolescent medicine, and hospital pediatrics. This track provides opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary medical clinics, provide consultation and liaison services to inpatient units, and to provide outpatient treatment. There are ongoing research opportunities within this fellowship, in particular, program development for youth being evaluated for epilepsy phase 1 surgery is also available. Specific questions about this track should be addressed to

Chronic Pediatric Pain Fellowship

This fellowship will emphasize clinical training in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain in children and adolescents and their families. A range of training experiences will be available and include the Intensive Pain Rehabilitation and Education Program, inpatient consultation, and interdisciplinary clinics, such as the Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic, the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Clinic, Headache Clinic, Lupus Clinic, Burn Clinic and Orthopedic Clinic. Within these varied settings, fellows will gain experience working with diverse medical conditions, including sickle cell disease, rheumatologic disorders, gastroenterology conditions, orthopedic conditions, headaches, and other organic and functional pain problems. There will also be opportunities to work with specific functional pain populations on an outpatient basis from multiple referral sources utilizing biofeedback. Fellows will be able to design their experiences based on year-long and 6-month rotations according to specified interests and career goals. Development of clinical programming and research will be available through each specialty area dependent on applicant’s previous experience and interests. Specific questions about this track should be addressed to

Pediatric Acute Treatment Fellowship

This fellowship is dedicated to providing training in the treatment of children and adolescents in acute psychiatric care treatment settings.  The fellow will participate in several rotations in the inpatient and outpatient settings.  Rotations include an Intensive Outpatient component of the Mood and Anxiety Program focusing on school avoidance and re-entry, Psychiatry Consult/Liaison, community support and suicide awareness programs through the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, and the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit where fellows will co-facilitate DBT groups for patient and caregivers and participate in diagnostic assessment and treatment planning.  The fellow will also carry an outpatient therapy caseload and see youth for outpatient assessment within the Pediatric Psychology department. There will be opportunities for research and program development in evidence-based interventions. For specific questions related to this track, please contact

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

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 in Pediatric, Neonatal, and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units focusing on adjustment to new diagnoses (e.g., burn injury, polytrauma, traumatic brain injury, premature birth, congenital heart disease and organ transplant), long-term hospitalization, and end of life issues.  Fellows will be involved in inpatient consultation and liaison services to intensive care and surgery units as well as interdisciplinary clinics (e.g., burn clinic, trauma surgery clinic, cardiopulmonary rehab).  There will also be outpatient care opportunities available through the psychology department, with opportunity to work with a variety of patient populations.  Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center with an American Burn Association verified burn center and has a 130-bed level III NICU.  Psychology is routinely involved in interdisciplinary patient care and well-integrated into medical teams.  Specific questions about this track should be addressed to    

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowships

These fellowships will provide training in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with gastrointestinal disorders. Opportunities include participation in interdisciplinary medical clinics, outpatient therapy and inpatient consultation. Within this general training model, there are two tracks to gain specialized competency in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

Comprehensive GI Track

The fellow in this track will gain expertise in the psychological treatment of functional GI disorder (pain, Rumination Syndrome, IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Liver Transplant. Specific opportunities include training in pre-transplant evaluations for patients undergoing liver transplant, participation in an interdisciplinary IBD clinic focused on transition readiness and disease self-management and integration into the Adolescent Inpatient Rumination Treatment Program. The fellow will also have the opportunity to rotate through the Comprehensive Pediatric Feeding Program, where they will provide treatment to children with feeding difficulties.  The fellow will receive training and experience with the use of cognitive-behavioral, acceptance-based and biofeedback approaches in the treatment of GI disorders. Specific questions about this track should be addressed to

Early Childhood GI Track

Fellows will have the opportunity to work with medically and developmentally complex patients as part of several transdisciplinary treatment teams.  Patient age ranges from birth to mid-teens, with the largest proportion being children 8 years or younger.  A significant portion of the fellow’s time will be spent in the Comprehensive Pediatric Feeding Program. Fellows are able to choose between multiple opportunities, including completing interdisciplinary evaluations, providing therapy as part of our intensive feeding track, and treating outpatient cases while collaborating with other disciplines.  The fellow will also be integrated into the assessment team at the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction, participating in rapid assessment and treatment of children with anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s disease. Based on interest, there are also opportunities to participate in Bowel Management Clinic, the inpatient rumination program, and inpatient consultations for children with a variety of gastrointestinal illnesses.  Applicants with a background in behavior management and parent training will be a good fit for this position, but previous experience working directly with patients with gastrointestinal or feeding challenges is not required. Specific questions about this track should be addressed to

Primary Care Fellowship

This fellowship will provide an opportunity to work in highly integrated pediatric primary care clinics as part of a multidisciplinary team. Our primary care clinics serve a diverse patient population including a large immigrant and refugee population (e.g., Latinx, Somali, Nepali). Experiences include opportunity for rapid consultation and intervention as well as the ability to follow patients for short-term interventions in clinics for a broad range of ages (0-21) and presenting concerns (health promotion, mental and physical health). The fellow will also receive interprofessional, team-based training experiences with pediatric medical residents in clinic. There will also be opportunities for research, program development, and community outreach. For applicants seeking additional support in conducting services in Spanish, bilingual supervision and training can be offered. Address questions about this track to

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

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 13, 2019. 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