Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Disabilities


The primary goal of the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Disabilities is to provide in-depth training for the fellow for future work in early identification and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities, and research in the field of developmental disabilities. Diagnostic and treatment experiences with developmental and behavioral disorders are a focus, with many of the children seen at the Boling Center having Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. By the end of the training period, fellows will develop intermediate to advanced levels of competence in the areas of:

  • Psychological assessment
  • Diagnoses, particularly in the area of developmental disabilities
  • Therapy
  • Professional Consultation
  • Supervision


The individuals served at the Boling Center for Disabilities are usually in preschool or early elementary school (ages 3-10). The parents and families of these children are also a major focus of services at BCDD.

The fellow will work in an interdisciplinary medical setting at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities. From year to year, the secondary responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow may vary. The postdoctoral fellow will spend time conducting assessments, both clinical evaluations and as part of the CANDLE research project, implementing behavioral therapy, participating in didactic training, supervising pre-doctoral interns and practicum students, and completing program evaluation activities and/or research. The post-doctoral fellow will receive a minimum of 2 hours per week of individual supervision by a licensed psychologist.

While at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, the fellow is involved in weekly multidisciplinary evaluations. Collaboration at the developmental center is most often with developmental pediatrics, speech/language, social work, or audiology. Fewer opportunities are available for collaboration with nutrition, nursing, physical and/or occupational therapy. The fellow will often administer the Stanford Binet, Bayley, WISC-IV, WAIS, Bracken, Woodcock Johnson, WIAT, Vineland, SIB-R, BASC, BITSEA, ADDES, CBCL, SCQ, and ADOS.

The fellow will also spend time conducting assessment for the CANDLE project (Conditions Affecting Neurocognitve Development and Learning in Early Childhood). This longitudinal study of factors impacting early development in infants and young children includes over 1500 mothers and their children from the local community. Responsibilities will include conducting developmental evaluations for children ages 1-, 2-, 3, and 4-years-old. Additional opportunities for research using CANDLE data, including developing ideas for manuscripts and presentations, data analysis, and manuscript preparation are also available to the fellow.

Several opportunities for psychotherapy are available to the fellow. Psychotherapy interventions at the Boling Center are most often behavioral. There is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Clinic which emphasizes a parent-training model of ABA which seeks to provide ABA services and help parents develop skills for implementing ABA programs at home. Opportunities for the fellow’s involvement in this clinic include providing therapy and parent consultation for individual cases, supervision of intern and practicum student cases, and co-leading group supervision meetings. For fellows with a signficant amout of prior ABA experience, there are additional opportunties to conduct didactic training in ABA methods for interns and practicum students and supervise several cases within the clinic; as well as opportunties to assist with ongoing development of the ABA for Families training program. There is also a Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) clinic which serves children with primary or secondary disruptive behavior problems. Some opportunities in this clinic exist for the fellow, including individual cases or supervision of interns and practicum students.

Didactic experiences are also required. The fellow must attend several leadership training programs at the Boling Center. Other activities include presenting a lecture on Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to pediatric residents or medical students, lecturing on changes on the IDEA law, critiquing a recent journal article, or presenting a review of treatment approaches for various developmental disorders. These trainings/presentations may be as often as once monthly.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must have a doctorate (Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D.) in clinical, counseling, or school psychology. Completion of all professional doctoral degree requirements from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an APA/CPA accredited program and predoctoral internship meeting APPIC standards is required before starting the fellowship. The postdoctoral fellowship meets Tennessee’s psychology licensure requirements. Applicants must be licensed or license-eligible as a Provisional or Temporary Psychologist in the State of Tennessee. It is required that the fellow sit for the EPPP and State of Tennessee Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination as soon as possible in the fellowship year and apply for one of the aforementioned licensures.

Priority is given to applicants with interdisciplinary experience in a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) or other comparable interdisciplinary setting. Applicants with specialized abilities should make these known when applying. For example, attributes such as fluency in sign language, fluency in Spanish, a proven record in grant writing, or previous experience in a related profession will be of interest to the Selection Committee. The stipend is anticipated to be $35,000, including Student Health Insurance.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to complete the Trainee Inquiry Form online as well as mail additional documents in a single envelope. These additional documents are:

  • A letter of intent with goals and interests
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • An official transcript
  • A writing sample

Download our Lists Of Acceptable DocumentsPDF icon. Mail these additional documents to Dr. Melissa Hoffmann, 711 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, TN 38105 after completing the online inquiry form. Applications are due on the last working day of February each year.

*NOTE*: Psychology Post Doctoral Fellowship applicants please disregard steps 1-4 on the online form as these instructions do not apply.


Dr. Laura Murphy, Chief of Psychology, BCDD, 711 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105 (901) 448-6511.

child with three generations

Contact Us

Boling Center

711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Map Link to Acrobat file
Phone: 901-448-6511
Fax: 901-448-7097

Contact BCDD

711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Phone: 901-448-6511
Fax: 901-448-7097