The Pediatric Psychology Clinic and Consultation Service (PPCS) Program provides postdoctoral fellowship training in pediatric psychology.

Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Pediatric Psychology Clinic and Consultation Service (PPCS) Program provides postdoctoral fellowship training in pediatric psychology as part of the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) professional psychology training program in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHSOM). The PPCS training program is designed to increase both depth and scope in the context of a busy and specialized team of pediatric psychologists, doctoral interns, and interdisciplinary colleagues, with attention paid to the special training interests and needs of the fellow (i.e., interest in particular patient populations, settings, units, clinics, etc.). It prepares postdoctoral fellows to function as psychologists in a wide range of health care settings and across a treatment continuum including: the acute medical hospital (e.g., PICU, school-aged and adolescent units), pediatric subspecialty clinics, and the outpatient clinic. Additionally, fellows have the opportunity to attend numerous training activities, including PPCS team didactics, departmental professional development seminars, and hospital-wide (KKI and JHSOM) presentations. Fellowship training is currently available for first or second year fellows. Successful applicants will have completed an APA-accredited internship with an emphasis in pediatric psychology.

Current fellowship opportunities include:

1) Pediatric Pain Fellowship (1 position):The fellow will gain experience in pediatric pain assessment and intervention across the continuum of care.

Primary components of this training position include:

  • Providing pediatric psychology services in an interdisciplinary pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Providing individual and family therapy in the Pediatric Psychology Outpatient Clinic to pediatric patients presenting with chronic pain, somatic symptoms, and associated referral concerns. Caseload would be divided between the main hospital campus and a suburban clinic (site located between Baltimore and Washington DC).
  • Developing an emerging leadership role in assigned pediatric subspecialty clinic (e.g., coordination of psychology services & referrals, consultation regarding inpatient admissions, attendance of weekly Pain Rounds, liaison to medical providers and interdisciplinary team, administrative duties, mentoring of psychology doctoral interns)

Secondary components of this training position include:

  • Training in and co-staffing of Comfort Ability Workshop
  • Providing individual and family therapy in the Pediatric Psychology Outpatient Clinic to pediatric patients presenting with a variety of medically-based referrals, including children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and comorbid medical concerns. Common referrals include desensitization and behavioral training for medical procedures, addressing coping with new diagnoses, improving regimen adherence and disease self-management (i.e., SCD, CF, diabetes), behavioral sleep management, addressing mental health conditions (i.e., depression, anxiety) associated with medical conditions and shaping functional behavior in child and adolescent rehabilitation patients. Caseload would be divided between the main hospital campus and a suburban clinic (site located between Baltimore and Washington DC).
  • Assisting with the training of doctoral interns (e.g., didactic presentation, scaffolded supervision, peer supervision, participation in group rounds)

Optional components of this training position, based on interest, could include:

  • Providing pediatric psychology services in an interdisciplinary pediatric medical clinic that addresses acute and/or chronic pain. Based on the fellow’s interest, clinic options could include: Headache Clinic, Sickle Cell Disease Clinic, or Concussion Clinic
  • Participating in current research projects focused on pediatric pain
  • Providing inpatient consultation-liaison services to Johns Hopkins Hospital (acute medical) and assisting faculty psychologists with administrative duties and mentoring of psychology doctoral interns
  • Providing inpatient pediatric psychology consultation for pediatric rehabilitation patients at KKI and assisting faculty psychologists with administrative duties and mentoring of psychology doctoral interns

2) Pediatric Psychology Fellowship (1-2 positions): The fellow will gain experience in staffing inpatient C/L, interdisciplinary medical clinics, and outpatient pediatric psychology care.

Primary components of this training position include:

  • Providing inpatient consultation-liaison services to Johns Hopkins Hospital (acute medical) and assisting faculty psychologists with administrative duties and mentoring of psychology doctoral interns. Common subspecialty consultations include: PICU, endocrine, GI, pulmonary, neurology, & hematology.
  • Providing pediatric psychology services in an interdisciplinary pediatric clinic. Based on the fellow’s interest, clinic options could include: Headache Clinic, Sickle Cell Disease Clinic, Limb Differences Clinic, Sleep Clinic (Pulmonary or Neurology), Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Diabetes Clinic, Rehabilitation Clinic, or Concussion Clinic
  • Providing individual and family therapy in the Pediatric Psychology Outpatient Clinic to pediatric patients presenting with a variety of medically-based referrals, including children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and comorbid medical concerns. Common referrals include desensitization and behavioral training for medical procedures, behavioral pain management, addressing coping with new diagnoses, improving regimen adherence and disease self-management (i.e., SCD, CF, diabetes), behavioral sleep management, addressing mental health conditions (i.e., depression, anxiety) associated with medical conditions and shaping functional behavior in child and adolescent rehabilitation patients. Caseload would be divided between the main hospital campus and a suburban clinic (site located between Baltimore and Washington DC).
  • Developing an emerging leadership role in assigned pediatric subspecialty clinic (e.g., coordination of psychology services & referrals, consultation regarding inpatient admissions, liaison to medical providers and interdisciplinary team, administrative duties, mentoring of psychology doctoral interns)

Secondary components of this training position include:

  • Assisting with the training of doctoral interns (e.g., didactic presentation, scaffolded supervision, peer supervision, participation in group rounds)

Optional components of this training position, based on interest, could include:

  • Participating in current pediatric psychology research projects
  • Providing inpatient pediatric psychology consultation for pediatric rehabilitation patients at Kennedy Krieger and assisting faculty psychologists with administrative duties and mentoring of psychology doctoral interns