The Department of Neuropsychology and the Psychiatric Mental Health Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute are accepting applications for a two-year child clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship to begin in September 2022. There are two tracks within this fellowship, an assessment-focused track (2 positions) and an intervention-focused track (1 position).

The child clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship program at Kennedy Krieger Institute offers clinical training experiences with a diverse population of youth with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. In accordance with the scientist-practitioner model of training and practice, postdoctoral fellows will receive advanced training in evidence-based assessment and intervention via didactic instruction, specific skill modeling, supervised and independent practice, and direct evaluation of research. Fellows spend approximately 70 percent of their time delivering clinical services, and 30 percent on didactic learning, supervision, and research experiences.

Assessment-Focused Track:

Fellows in the assessment-focused track gain experience in psychological assessment through training in the outpatient specialty clinics within the Department of Neuropsychology. Through involvement in these outpatient specialty clinics, fellows gain experience assessing youth with a range of neurodevelopmental and/or psychiatric disorders with complex learning, emotional, and behavioral concerns. In addition to rotating through the specialty outpatient assessment clinics, fellows participate in the Targeted Assessment Clinic and provide intervention services through the Psychiatric Mental Health Program for the duration of the two-year fellowship.

Intervention-Focused Track:

Fellows in the intervention-focused track gain experience providing outpatient treatment through the Psychiatric Mental Health Program to youth who present with a variety of neurodevelopmental and/or psychiatric conditions. The main focus of intervention is implementation of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Fellows will also gain training and experience with multiple additional treatment modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure with response prevention (ERP) and comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT). They will have options to expand their skills in working with young children and with transgender and gender non-binary youth.  In addition to providing intervention services through the Psychiatric Mental Health Program for the duration of the two-year fellowship, fellows complete two, one-year assessment rotations through two outpatient specialty assessment clinics within the Department of Neuropsychology.

Commitment and Benefits:

Training begins September 1, 2022. The fellowship in child clinical psychology is for a two-year period on a full-time basis. Candidates must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to beginning the residency program. Only graduates of APA/CPA-accredited doctoral programs and APA/CPA-accredited doctoral internships will be considered. Fellows are expected to have received experience in psychological assessment and interventions at the graduate school and internship level, including some level of previous training in DBT for the intervention track. Fellows receive appointments through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The current stipend for first year fellows (PGYI) is $53,760, which includes eight holidays, two weeks of vacation and one week of professional/conference time per year. Health insurance is available.

Application Process:

To apply, click on the following link to access the APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application). Complete the basic demographic, education and transcript requests required of all applicants for all APPA CAS programs. Then select the Kennedy Krieger Institute – Child Clinical Psychology Postdoc Program.  APPA CAS allows you to request letters of recommendation electronically, which are then uploaded by the letter writer. Note: APPA CAS refers to letters of recommendation as "Evaluations.” The specific requirements for the program are listed below as well as within the APPA CAS system.

Important Dates:

  1. Please submit application materials by December 15, 2021.
  2. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview by January 7, 2022.
  3. Interviews will be held at the Kennedy Krieger Institute or via video conference during the week of January 12, 2022.
  4. This fellowship adheres to the APPIC Uniform Notification Date, which is February 22, 2022.

Additional information about the child clinical psychology fellowship can be found here:

If you have additional questions, please contact either of the Child Clinical Psychology Fellowship co-directors:

Shelley McDermott, PhD, BCBA-D

Alison Pritchard, PhD, ABPP

Phone: (443) 923-4482

Phone: (443) 923-4409