Postdoctoral Fellowships in Pediatric Psychology – Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Pediatric Psychology – Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC

Children’s National Medical Center’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders anticipates 2 openings for postdoctoral fellowships in the Divisions of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation beginning around August 2014.

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center provides both outpatient and inpatient services for children diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, severe aplastic anemia, and other malignant and non-malignant disorders. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, art and music therapists, and fellows works collaboratively to address the complex problems faced by patients and their families. Both psychology fellows will participate in hematology/oncology didactic seminars and hospital-wide seminars for postdoctoral psychology fellows and receive training in clinical supervision. Direct supervision will be provided by Drs. Amanda Thompson and Steven Hardy.

Clinical Track (1 year): This fellowship consists of clinical training in pediatric psycho-oncology, direct clinical care of patients and families, and participation in developing clinical programs and research at Children’s National. Clinical activities include inpatient consultation/liaison and outpatient therapy, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and family systems approaches. Additional opportunities include psychosocial screening in our Long-term Follow-up Clinic, pre-bone marrow transplant evaluation, and brief neurocognitive assessment. Clinical hours and supervision for licensure will be provided. This is a primarily clinical position with opportunities to participate in developing research projects within the Center.

Clinical Research Track (2 years): This fellow will receive balanced training in clinical psychology, research, and grantsmanship across two years within the Center of Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National. The clinical training program will be crafted to meet needs and interests of the fellow but activities may be selected from a variety of opportunities such as consultation/liaison, outpatient therapy, pre-bone marrow transplant evaluation, brief neurocognitive assessment, and psychosocial screening in our Long-term Follow-up Clinic. Clinical hours and supervision to facilitate licensure will be distributed across two years. The fellow will also assist in coordinating an existing research project investigating neurocognitive functioning and computerized cognitive interventions in pediatric sickle cell disease. The fellow will receive training in grantsmanship through mentoring from supervisors and workshops offered by Children’s National’s Office of Grants Enhancement, and he or she will be encouraged to develop an independent research project.

Both fellowship positions are anticipated to begin in August 2014. Start date is negotiable. Candidates with previous clinical and research experience in pediatric behavioral medicine are encouraged to apply. Stipends are approximately $40,000 plus benefits. All applicants must have: 1) attended an APA-accredited graduate program in clinical, clinical-child, or health psychology; 2) completed an APA-accredited internship; and 3) completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to beginning the position. To apply, please send the following as an email attachment or by mail: 1) a cover letter indicating to which track you are applying (if requested, an applicant may be considered for both tracks if rationale is provided to explain how either track would fit the applicant’s career goals); 2) a CV; and 3) three letters of recommendation sent directly from your recommenders. Application deadline is January 10, 2014.

Please send application materials to Amanda L. Thompson, PhD at or:

Children’s National Medical Center

W4-600, Divisions of Hematology and Oncology

111 Michigan Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20010