Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry/Developmental Disabilities
Then Neuropsychiatry Clinic at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, in collaboration
with the Psychology Department at BC Children’s Hospital/Sunny Hill Health Centre for
Children, invites applications for a 6-month full-time (or 12-month part-time) postdoctoral
fellowship in pediatric neuropsychiatry/developmental disabilities. The anticipated start date for
this clinical/research fellowship is Summer or Fall of 2014, ending by June 2015.
Learning Opportunities:
The post-doctoral fellow will participate as a member of the Neuropsychiatry Clinic in Outpatient
Psychiatry at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services. Clinical training opportunities may
also be available on one or more multidisciplinary diagnostic teams at Sunny Hill Health Centre
(e.g., Provincial Autism Resource Centre, Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions
team). Many didactic training opportunities will be available, including weekly Psychology and
Psychiatry Rounds and monthly Neuropsychiatry Rounds. The fellow will spend at least one day
per week involved in clinical activities related to group-based cognitive behavioural therapy
(CBT) for anxiety in children with high-functioning autism. In addition, the fellow will be
expected to spend at least one-third of his/her time devoted to clinical research activities. Current
research projects include examination of treatment outcomes of CBT for anxiety in children with
autism, as well as the impact of parent and child tic education workshops on tic-related stigma
and knowledge. A publication or professional presentation at the completion of the fellowship is
expected. The fellow will have considerable latitude in designing the remainder of the program to
meet his/her particular training needs and areas of interest. Other learning opportunities include:
 Psychological assessment of complex neurodevelopmental pediatric cases, including
children and youth with co-occurring developmental disabilities and mental health
concerns
 Diagnostic assessment of tic disorders, group-based psychoeducation for children with
tics and their parents, and individual behavioural treatment of tics
 Individual evidence-based therapy for mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, OCD,
selective mutism, trichotillomania) among children/youth with neurodevelopmental
disorders
 Program development, program evaluation, and supervision of trainees.
Qualifications:
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PhD in Clinical Psychology or a related field.
Completion of a CPA- or APA-accredited graduate training program.
Completion of a CPA- or APA-accredited doctoral internship or residency.
Broad experience in assessment and therapy with children, adolescents, and families.
Solid clinical research skills, including graduate level coursework in statistical analysis
and research design.
Clinical experience with children with neurodevelopmental disorders is an asset.
Applications:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Melanie McConnell,
Ph.D. at [email protected] Closing date: May 15, 2014.
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