The Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute offers postdoctoral training opportunities in child clinical psychology. The goal of the child clinical psychology fellowship is to train clinical psychologists in performing evidence-based assessments of, and interventions for, youth with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. In accordance with the scientist-practitioner model of training and practice, postdoctoral fellows will receive training in evidence-based assessment and intervention via didactic instruction, specific skill modeling, supervised and independent practice, and direct evaluation of research. Postdoctoral fellows will be positioned to become leaders in the fields of pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatric disabilities, having developed a broad array of relevant clinical, research and training skills. Fellows spend approximately 70 percent of their time delivering clinical services, and 30 percent on didactic learning and research experiences.
Our postdoctoral fellowship program offers clinical training experiences with a wide range of patient populations, from birth through young adulthood. Children and adolescents are served in diverse settings throughout the Institute, including in our outpatient specialty clinics, the Psychiatric Mental Health Program, and other interdisciplinary settings, such as Kennedy Krieger School Programs and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.
Fellows complete four six-month major rotations in our specialty outpatient assessment clinics, as well as a two-year rotation providing therapeutic services through the Institute’s Psychiatric Mental Health Program. Fellows also receive training in triage through the Diagnostic Intake Clinic throughout the two-year fellowship. The specific major rotations are described on the following pages.
There is no requirement for postdoctoral training in order to obtain licensure as a psychologist in Maryland. This fellowship does, however, satisfy supervised practice hours that are required for several surrounding jurisdictions (e.g., New Jersey, New York).