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Pediatric Developmental Disorders (PDD) Clinic Doctoral Training

Over the past two decades, the Department of Behavioral Psychology, in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team, has offered inpatient, day treatment, and outpatient services for children with feeding disorders. The medical and behavioral diagnoses of children referred to the program vary widely, including children whose mealtime behavior is a result of one or more environmental, anatomical, and physiological variables. The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Continuum provides doctoral and postdoctoral training as part of Kennedy Krieger Institute’s APA-accredited training program.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral training opportunities are available within intensive and outpatient settings. For all fellowship opportunities, there is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, research and/or clinical program evaluation.

The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Intensive Services offers the opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to clinically manage intensive cases by providing supervision and oversight of one or more patients within a six- to eight-week intensive program. Specifically, the postdoctoral fellow will initially serve as a co-supervisor (along with faculty) of intensive cases with the expectation that the postdoctoral fellow will supervise more independently as they gain experience and confidence in the role of supervisor. The fellow will assume the clinical responsibility for team collaboration with interdisciplinary team members and caregivers throughout the intensive admission. In addition, postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to contribute to program development through involvement with ongoing or independent research and/or program evaluation projects.  

The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Outpatient Services offers the opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to assess and treat children with less severe feeding issues in an outpatient setting. Specifically, caregivers and the child attend one-hour appointments on a weekly or biweekly basis to address specific skill deficits and problem behavior in meals. Caregivers are trained to implement specific strategies to address the feeding-related concerns. Goals commonly targeted include: increasing the variety of foods accepted, increasing the volume consumed, advancing food textures, increasing mealtime independence, improving feeding skills, and reducing inappropriate mealtime behavior (e.g., disruptive behavior, gagging, aggressive behavior, out-of-seat behavior). Research opportunities are also available.