Pediatric Fellowships

Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Program Coordinators

Joy Kawamura, PhD

Eileen Twohy, PhD

Program Overview

Seattle Children's has an international reputation for excellence in clinical care, research and teaching, and serves as the primary tertiary facility for pediatric care in the Pacific Northwest.

The primary goals of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology are to help fellows develop the clinical and research skills necessary to provide care for diverse pediatric populations and to receive advanced training to support a future career in a pediatric healthcare setting or university-based training program after fellowship completion.

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows will participate in a variety of clinical and didactic experiences and will have opportunities to integrate research goals into their overall plan for the fellowship. In addition, fellows may have opportunities to participate in supervision of psychology interns, and practicum students and to collaborate in multidisciplinary training opportunities.  We strive to promote the strongest match possible between your training needs and goals, and our program mission and goals.

Specialty Program Opportunities

Seattle Children’s offers fellowships in multiple specialty areas each year.  For the 2022-2023 fellowship year, we are recruiting for fellows in these programs:

  • Acute Psychiatry Services
  • Autism Center
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Early Childhood Clinic and Child and Adolescent Latinx Mental Health Assessment and Treatment Clinic
  • Neuropsychology
  • Outpatient Management of Suicide Risk
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Pediatric Psychology (2 openings): Hematology/Oncology & Pulmonology and Cancer Survivorship

Please see details below for more information about each of the programs. 

Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed their training in an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited PhD or PsyD program in clinical, counseling or school psychology, as well as an APA accredited internship. Applicants must have completed all doctoral degree requirements by the fellowship start date, including internship completion and successful dissertation defense. Preferred candidates will have a commitment to learn and actively engage in anti-racist work.

Salary and benefits

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with NIH guidelines. A detailed description of benefits is available at http://www.seattlechildrens.org/about/careers/benefits/.

How to apply

Please submit completed applications to the primary contact person listed below for each individual fellowship position.  Final candidates will also need to apply at the Careers page this link: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/about/careers/

All psychology postdoctoral fellowships will start on September 6, 2022.  Unless otherwise noted, psychology postdoctoral fellowships are a 1 year commitment. 

For More Information

General questions regarding the fellowship program should be directed to Joy Kawamura, PhD, Director of Postdoctoral Training at joy.kawamura@seattlechildrens.org

Fellowship Opportunities for 2022-2023

Acute Psychiatry Services (1 position)

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, in association with the University of Washington School of Medicine, seeks applicants interested in opportunities to specialize in Clinical Child and Adolescent Acute Psychiatry Services and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. The one-year Fellow position will be approximately 20% research/program development time, 40% on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) (inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adolescents) and 40% outpatient or intensive outpatient (IOP) clinical activities in the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT-A) Program. As a part of the DBT team, the fellow will be involved in providing full comprehensive outpatient DBT for adolescents aged 13-17 and their families. Experience on the PBMU will focus on training in empirically-supported assessment and treatment of severe mood, anxiety, behavioral and co-morbid conditions in an inpatient setting for children and adolescents. Both rotations involve regular consultation and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. The fellow may also have opportunities for other cross service training and experiences within Seattle Children’s Hospital. The fellow will also be involved in efforts to improve cultural competence and equity of care for diverse patients served across both rotations. Competitive applicants have interest and experience in clinical work, program development, and research focused on implementing culturally sensitive evidence-based care for severe psychiatric illness in acute and outpatient settings.

Interested candidates should send 1) curriculum vitae, 2) a letter of interest, 3) a statement of individual and cultural diversity, and 4) three letters of recommendation via email addressed to both: Kyrill Gurtovenko, PhD, at gurtoven@uw.edu & Alysha Thompson, PhD at Alysha.Thompson@seattlechildrens.org. Please include in your letter of interest: experience with specific evidence-based treatments in a general child clinical or pediatric population; theoretical orientation; research experience and interests (if applicable), and relevant/specific experience in acute care settings or with DBT. Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Thompson and Dr. Gurtovenko via email with any questions about the fellowship.

Autism Center (1 position)

Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) is currently recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year. The overall goal of the SCH Autism Fellowship is to train the next generation of scientist-practitioners who will demonstrate leadership in the areas of service, training, research and excellence in the care of autistic individuals and their families. Central to our goals is the ability to provide equitable care, work within an interdisciplinary setting and consult to members of medical teams and community settings. We are committed to training compassionate and ethical fellows, with a deep understanding of the specific and complex needs of our patients and their families. We have three available tracks, including 1) diagnostic, 2) treatment, and 3) applied behavior analysis. This one-year postdoctoral fellowship position is available for candidates who will have obtained their PhD in clinical or school psychology and completed an APA/APPIC approved internship prior to September 2022. Inquiries or applications can be sent to Karen Bearss, PhD at karen.bearss@seattlechildrens.org.

Disruptive Behavior Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (1 position)

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, in association with the University of Washington School of Medicine, seeks applicants interested in opportunities to specialize in the treatment of high-intensity disruptive behavior disorders. The one-year Fellow position will be approximately 80% outpatient or intensive outpatient (IOP) clinical activities and 20% research/program development time. Training will take place primarily in the new Disruptive Behavior Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (DBD-IOP), which delivers 9 hours of care per week for parents of children with severe disruptive behaviors, including physical aggression, property destruction, and elopement. Clinical activities will include co-delivering of group-based parent behavior management training (PBMT), as well as delivering individualized PBMT and parent-child dyadic sessions. Training will also take place in the Acute Behavior Crisis Clinic (ABCC), a short-term stabilization program for parents of children in an acute disruptive behavior crisis, as well as on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU; inpatient psychiatric unit), including co-delivering group-based PBMT for parents of children admitted inpatient due to acute and severe behavior. Both activities involve regular consultation and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. The fellow will also be involved in efforts to improve cultural competence and equity of care for diverse patients served across both rotations. Competitive applicants have interest and experience in clinical work, program development, and research focused on implementing culturally sensitive evidence-based care for high-intensity disruptive behavior disorders. 

Interested candidates should send 1) curriculum vitae, 2) a letter of interest, 3) a statement of individual and cultural diversity, and 4) three letters of recommendation via email addressed to both: Tyler Sasser, PhD, tyler.sasser@seattlechildrens.org. Please include in your letter of interest: experience with specific evidence-based treatments in a general child clinical or pediatric population; theoretical orientation; research experience and interests (if applicable), and relevant/specific experience in acute care settings or with PBMT. Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sasser via email with any questions about the fellowship.

Early Childhood Clinic and Child and Adolescent Latinx Mental Health Assessment and Treatment Clinic (1 position) 

Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH) invites applications for a 12-month Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship. The fellowship will emphasize Latinx/under-served populations and early childhood mental health, with training designed to prepare fellows for a career in academic and medical settings. Clinical training will be provided in the SCH Early Childhood Clinic (Birth to 5) and Child and Adolescent Latinx Mental Health Assessment and Treatment Clinic (CALMA). Early intervention and expanding service for under-served populations are common goals across SCH, and the fellowship will include multiple opportunities for cross-service training (e.g., Pediatric subspecialties, Autism, Mood and Anxiety Clinic) depending on trainee interests. Training goals include developing expertise with cultural formulation when evaluating Latinx and other diverse populations and implementing culturally adapted interventions. The postdoctoral fellow will also gain experience in the assessment and treatment of various presenting concerns in children ages 0-5 years. Assessments include incorporating multiple sources of data (i.e., parent interview, standardized rating scales, parent-child interaction observations, developmental assessment), and providing comprehensive parent feedback. Interventions include evidence-based individual and group treatments for young children and their families (e.g., PCIT, Incredible Years).

The postdoctoral fellow will gain experience collaborating with supervisors and colleagues from other disciplines (e.g., child psychiatry faculty and fellows) and co-supervising clinic volunteers and practicum students. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to advance toward clinical psychology licensure by the end of the postdoctoral fellowship year. The postdoctoral fellow will spend at least 20% of their time engaged in research, implementation, and program development. Supervising faculty are actively engaged in research with the University of Washington (UW) and Seattle Children's Research Institute (SCRI). The postdoctoral fellow will participate in mentored grant writing, secondary data analyses, and manuscript preparation. Involvement in program development and community partnerships focused on health equity and increasing access to mental health care. SCH, SCRI, and the broader UW community provide multiple academic learning opportunities and exposure to cutting-edge research.

Selection Criteria: Applicants must have completed all graduation requirements from a doctoral program in clinical, counseling, or school psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Ideal candidates will have experience working with Latinx/underserved communities, be fluent and able to provide clinical care in English and Spanish, have clinical experience with young children, and have previous research experience. The stipend is commensurate with NIH guidelines, and includes health benefits, paid vacation and sick leave, and time to attend national conferences. A detailed description of benefits is available at http://www.seattlechildrens.org/about/careers/benefits/.

To apply: Applicants should send a curriculum vita, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation. Please include in a letter of interest descriptions of experience with specific evidence-based treatments, theoretical orientation; research experience and interests; and relevant experience working with Latinx/underserved populations and early childhood mental health. We plan to accept applications on a rolling basis, with review beginning 2/18/2022. Interviews will be extended to competitive applicants. Address materials and any questions to Brent Collett, Ph.D. All application materials should be sent in one e-mail to brent.collett@seattlechildrens.org with the subject line: "Fellowship Applicant: Your Full Name."

Neuropsychology (1 position)

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, in association with the University of Washington School of Medicine, seeks post-doctoral fellowship applicants interested in specialization in Pediatric Neuropsychology.  The one to two-year fellowship (with second year dependent on funding) offers diverse clinical training opportunities including neuropsychological assessment of pediatric patients referred from Genetics, Hematology/Oncology, Neuro-Oncology, Cardiology, and Neurosurgery.  The fellow will gain experience addressing referral concerns through integrated assessment and understanding of a child’s cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social, and physical/medical functioning, within a developmental framework, and with consideration of home, school, peer, and community settings. Other training opportunities include supervision with attending neuropsychologists, journal club, neuropsychology didactics, participation in Brain Tumor Clinic, and protected time for research. The training experiences are designed to adhere to the Houston Conference Guidelines for specialty training in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and are due by January 31, 2022. The fellowship will offer up to a two-year commitment, dependent on funding. Interested candidates should submit (1) a CV, (2) cover letter, (3) graduate transcript, (4) two letters of recommendations, and (5) two de-identified example neuropsychological reports to David Breiger, PhD, at David.breiger@seattlechildrens.org and Skyler Leonard, PhD at Skyler.leonard@seattlechildrens.org.

Outpatient Management of Suicide Risk (1 position)

The fellow will participate in clinical activities, including direct service and research deployment for the recently awarded NIMH R01MH123442 clinical trial evaluating the impact of three different interventions on patients seen in acute care for suicidal crisis and discharging to home.

Specific Training Goals:

Training Goal 1:  Develop expertise in assessment, intervention, and advanced treatment decision-making for youth with a history of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Training Goal 2: Hone clinical trial and research evaluation skills.

Training Goal 3: Gain proficiency in measurement-based care and clinical decision making for suicidal youth, including both the clinical application and clinical research protocol.

Clinical Focus:

  1. Evidence-based assessment of suicidal thoughts and behaviors with the Ask Suicide Questionnaire, Brief Suicide Safety Assessment and Columbia Suicide Severity Rating scale
  2. Interventions for Suicide Risk: including weekly outpatient therapy, intensive outpatient therapy, and group treatment
    1. Individual Safety Planning Intervention plus follow-up; Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality 

Diversity and Anti-Racism:

  1. Diverse patient population particularly with respect to gender identity and sexual orientation as it is a key consideration in the research proposal.
  2. Protected time to participate in activities that explicitly address diversity training and restorative practices.

Applicants should send a curriculum vita, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation. Please include in your letter of interest:  experience with suicidal youth, suicide specific assessments and treatments, clinical trials research, and why you believe you are a good fit for this fellowship. Address materials and any questions to Molly Adrian, PhD. All application materials should be sent in one email to: molly.adrian@seattlechildrens.org with the subject line: “Fellowship Applicant: Your full name.” 

OCD Intensive Outpatient Program (1 position)

Full time Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology with focus on intensive treatment of Severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s, and Related Disorders. Goals are to provide clinical, research, and program development training in the evidence-based treatment of severe OCD and co-occurring disorders including Tourette’s. Evidence-based treatments emphasized include: CBT for OCD, Exposure & Response Prevention, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), CBT for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, Behavioral Activation for Depression, and CBT-Insomnia. Fellows will have an opportunity to receive interprofessional training on a variety of topics (advocacy, family-centered care, health equity, bias, technology facilitated healthcare) through didactic, clinical, and experiential learning opportunities.             

Ideal candidates have some experience with behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, and an interest in OCD. Applicant should send a curriculum vita, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation. Please include in your letter of interest:  experience with evidence-based treatments, theoretical orientation, relevant experience with anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, and why you believe you are a good fit for this fellowship. Address materials and any questions to Geoffrey Wiegand, PhD. All application materials should be sent in one email to: geoffrey.wiegand@seattlechildrens.org with the subject line: “Fellowship Applicant: Your full name.”  Dr. Wiegand may also be reached at 206-987-8953 for additional information regarding the fellowship.

Pediatric Psychology: Hematology/Oncology & Pulmonology (1 position)

The Pediatric Psychology Fellowship with an emphasis in Hematology/Oncology and Pulmonology is designed to prepare the post-doctoral level trainee for a career in a medical-academic setting providing behavioral healthcare to medically ill children in a multidisciplinary setting. In addition to clinical work with patients with cystic fibrosis and a range of oncology diagnoses, the fellow will have the distinction of being a Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) Fellow, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary training program funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau of HRSA. As part of the PPC fellowship, trainees will receive interprofessional training on a variety of topics through didactic, clinical, and other experiential learning opportunities. PPC fellows will also complete a capstone project, which may range from research, to quality improvement, or other leadership initiatives. The postdoctoral fellow will be allotted 0.2 FTE research time to participate in Dr. Liu’s research projects and other career advancing research activities. The fellow will also have the opportunity to supervise practicum students in a tiered supervision model in the Cancer Survivorship Clinic (pending practicum student recruitment). This fellowship is jointly supervised by Drs. Joanna Patten (Hem/Onc) and Freda Liu (Pulmonary).

Pediatric Psychology: Cancer Survivorship (1 position)

The Pediatric Psychology Fellowship with an emphasis in Cancer Survivorship is designed to prepare the post-doctoral level trainee for a career in a medical-academic setting providing behavioral healthcare to medically ill children in a multidisciplinary setting. The postdoctoral fellow will engage in clinical activities and program development aligned with standards for psychosocial care for children with cancer and their families, particularly in survivorship. Clinical cross training in other pediatric and child clinical populations is available depending on the training needs of the fellow. The fellow will be allotted 0.4 FTE research time to participate in research related to psychosocial outcomes in pediatric cancer survivors with Drs. Eric Chow, Sherilynn Chan, and Joanna Patten. The fellow will also have the opportunity to supervise practicum students in a tiered supervision model in the Cancer Survivorship Clinic (pending practicum student recruitment). This fellowship is jointly supervised by Drs. Sherilynn Chan and Joanna Patten. 

Applicants should send a current curriculum vita, letter of interest, statement of individual and cultural diversity, and three letters of recommendation. Please include in your letter of interest: experience with specific evidence-based treatments in a general child clinical or pediatric population; theoretical orientation; research experience and interests (if applicable), and relevant/specific experience with hematology/oncology, pulmonology, or other pediatric populations. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position has been filled. All application materials should be sent in one e-mail to joy.kawamura@seattlechildrens.org with the subject line: "Fellowship Applicant: Your Full Name." For specific questions or for additional information about the pediatric psychology fellowship positions, please contact Joanna Patten at Joanna.patten@seattlechildrens.org or 206-987-3081.