Behavioral Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program

The Department of Behavioral Psychology provides assessment and treatment services for a variety of pediatric populations and their families and offers training program at several educational levels. The programs provide training in applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities, behavioral pediatrics, and family therapy. The philosophy of our post-doctoral program is to prepare fellows to function not only as psychologists in a variety of settings, but also as members of a multidisciplinary team providing health related services to children and their families. Training occurs through supervised experiences in inpatient hospital units and outpatient clinics. Fellows completing our program are well qualified to enter clinical, medical, or academic settings.

Supervision and Training

Post-doctoral fellows have the opportunity to generate an individualized training curriculum in conjunction with their training director or supervisor. Fellowships can include administrative, clinical, and/or research experiences. The minimum number of hours required in the training program is 2000, with fellows receiving semi-annual written evaluations and a minimum of two hours of individual face to face supervision per week. In addition to individualized supervision, the fellow is actively involved in at least two hours per week of professional development seminars, group supervision, case management conferences, and peer review.

Post-doctoral fellows, as well as pre-doctoral interns, have the opportunity to attend weekly training core courses during the Fall and Spring semesters. Topics for the current year include interdisciplinary process, cultural sensitivity, mental retardation, psychological assessment, behavioral challenges, brain injury, special education laws, cerebral palsy, leadership, managed care, program evaluation, spina bifida, family-centered care, speech and language disorders, hearing disorders, learning disabilities, feeding disorders, abuse and neglect, autism, functions of destructive behavior, and interventions for drug-exposed infant

Professional Development

A series of panel discussions by various faculty members is offered to discuss every aspect of the employment acquisition process, and includes topics ranging from the development of a curriculum vitae to contract negotiation. The training director also provides the post-docs with ongoing updates regarding job opportunities. Finally the faculty members make themselves available to further assist fellows in acquiring employment by writing letters of reference and contacting colleagues in the field on their behalf. Our commitment to the fellows extends beyond the training year, and the professional development component of the program allows us to facilitate the fellows' continued success as they begin their careers.

Research

The Kennedy Krieger Institute's reputation as a premiere center for MR/DD research, combined with the Behavioral Psychology Department's widely regarded history of research productivity, provides a fertile ground for training fellows in the most current research challenges and opportunities related to improving children's health and development.

Whenever possible, fellows are fully supported to complete single case experimental analyses of treatments for behavior disorders encountered through clinical services. Fellows may elect to participate in ongoing studies directed by senior faculty and/or to initiate independent research compatible with the department's mission. Basic investigations of behavioral phenomena and innovative approaches to the assessment and treatment of clinical problems are encouraged.

Clinics Offering Fellowships

Behavior Management Clinic
Child and Family Therapy Clinic
Neurobehavioral Unit
Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic
Pediatric Developmental Disorders Clinic
Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Pediatric Psychology Clinic and Consultation Service*

*FOR THE 2014-2015 FELLOWSHIP YEAR, THE PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY CLINIC AND CONSULTATION SERVICE DOES NOT ANTICIPATE HAVING ANY EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS AVAILABLE.

Application Guidelines

Qualifications for applying to the fellowship program include: a) completion of all doctoral degree requirements* in psychology or behavior analysis from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, and b) training and experience in both clinical and research applications of the behavioral psychology in hospital, educational, or community settings. Applicants applying to BMC, CFT, and PDD also must have completed an APA-accredited internship*. Applicants to the Fellowship program must submit the following:

  1. A cover letter stating one's professional academic preparation and work experience, career interests, and reasons for applying.
  2. A copy of one's most recent curriculum vita including the names, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.
  3. Optional: Representative papers, book chapters, or articles (do not send a copy of one's dissertation or thesis).
  4. Transcripts of all graduate-level coursework.
  5. Letters of recommendations written by three professors or work supervisors forwarded directly to the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
  6. Verification of Completion letter (to be completed by dissertation chair or Director of Clinical Training) exception: this letter is not needed if your official transcript reflects your degree has already been awarded.

*Requirements must be met before beginning fellowship.  

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS, INCLUDING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION IS FEBRUARY 15. PLEASE NOTE, COMPLETED APPLICATIONS ARE REVIEWED AS THEY ARE RECEIVED. ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR STATUS BY MARCH 15.

All materials should be forwarded to:

Jennifer Crockett, Ph.D.
Director of Training
Department of Behavioral Psychology
The Kennedy Krieger Institute
720 Aliceanna St., 2nd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

For more information, please email psychology@kennedykrieger.org or call 443-923-2900.