The Department of Behavioral Psychology provides assessment and treatment services for a variety of pediatric populations and their families and offers training programs at the doctoral externship, doctoral internship, and postdoctoral fellowship levels.
Our postdoctoral fellowship program provides 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/or outpatient clinics. Fellows completing our program receive 2,000 fellowship training hours towards licensure and are well qualified to enter clinical, medical, or academic settings. All Kennedy Krieger postdoctoral fellows receive their academic appointments through the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The program recognizes the importance of cultural and individual differences and diversity in the training of psychologists. Our training program follows Kennedy Krieger Institute’s policy, as an equal opportunity employer, of commitment to diversity at all levels. The fellowship training program welcomes and encourages qualified individuals to apply and enter on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance, and merit and embraces cultural and individual differences.
Kennedy Krieger Institute is committed to excellence. Diverse thoughts, backgrounds and perspectives create a robust community that fosters the best innovation and ideas. We aspire to have individuals of all backgrounds, races, religions, ethnicities and identities thrive in an environment of respect, encouragement, equity and inclusion.
- Bradley L. Schlaggar, MD, PhD
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 2,000, with fellows receiving written evaluations three times throughout the training year 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. Additional information on Training Goals, Objectives, Competencies, Advisement, and Evaluation.
Post-doctoral fellows have the opportunity to attend weekly LEND training core courses during the Fall and Spring semesters. Topics vary each year, but include topics such as: interdisciplinary process, cultural sensitivity, intellectual disabilities, psychological assessment, behavioral challenges, brain injury, special education laws, cerebral palsy, leadership, family-centered care, speech and language disorders, hearing disorders, learning disabilities, feeding disorders, autism, functions of destructive behavior, and interventions for drug-exposed infants. Fellows spend approximately 17 hours per week providing professional psychological services (direct, client contact).
Learn about our supervisors in the fellowship training program. Training Faculty: Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to attend various professional development seminars to discuss aspects of the employment acquisition process, with topics ranging from the preparing for licensure to negotiating job offers to becoming an early career psychologist. The training director also provides the fellows 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.
The Kennedy Krieger Institute's reputation as a premiere center for intellectual and developmental disabilities 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 (Research)
Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic
Pediatric Developmental Disorders Clinic
Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Pediatric Psychology Clinic and Consultation Service
Program Evaluation/Clinical Outcomes
Notification Date: We will follow the APPIC UND of February 22, 2021
Stipend & Benefits
Annual Stipend: $52,704
15 days paid time off (PTO)
Five Professional Days
Support for Attendance at Professional Conference
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 prior to August 15th for a fellowship start date of September 1st; and b) training and experience in both clinical and research applications of the behavioral psychology in hospital, educational, or community settings. Applicants applying to the Behavior Management Clinic, Child & Family Therapy Clinic, Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program, and Pediatric Developmental Disabilities Clinic also must have completed an APA-accredited internship.
We will accept applications via APPA CAS, by direct email, or regular U.S. mail:
- Applicants can use the online APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application – Centralized Application System). For more information and to access and create your postdoctoral application in the Applicant Portal, please click the following link http://www.appic.org and click on the “APPI/APPA” tab at the top. The KKI Postdoctoral Fellowship portal will open on October 1.
- Applicants may also submit applications via direct email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by providing the following:
- A cover letter stating the specific clinical fellowship to which you are applying, and include your professional academic preparation and work experience, career interests, and reasons for applying.
- A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae.
- Original transcripts of all graduate-level coursework should be issued to Dr. Valerie Paasch and mailed directly to us from Registrar's Office.
- Letters of recommendations written by three professors or work supervisors addressed to Dr. Valerie Paasch and forwarded directly to the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
- Verification of Completion letter (to be completed by dissertation chair or Director of Clinical Training) indicating dissertation will be defended and approved one month before fellowship begins (by July 31). Exception: This letter is not needed if your official transcript reflects your degree has already been awarded.
If sending documents via regular mail, all materials should be forwarded to:
Valerie Paasch, Ph.D.
Director of Postdoctoral Fellowship Training
Department of Behavioral Psychology
The Kennedy Krieger Institute
720 Aliceanna St., 2nd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Modifications Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
All behavioral psychology clinics are currently operational and providing a combination of in-person and/or telehealth clinical services. These decisions are based on guidance from the CDC and KKI Infection Control, and all trainees are provided with hospital-issued PPE for any in-person activities. Didactics, trainee observations, team meetings, professional development, and supervisions are still occurring as planned, typically in remote format over Zoom. Every effort is being made to provide a diverse training experience, and individual clinics can provide more detail regarding the specifics of their current model.
Postdoctoral fellowship interviews will take place remotely via Zoom this year.
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