Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Disabilities


The primary goal of our program is to provide fellows with in-depth training 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 BCDD having Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.


The fellow will work in an interdisciplinary medical setting at the BCDD. The postdoctoral fellow will spend time conducting evaluations, 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 BCDD, the fellow will be 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 5, Bayley-3, WISC-IV, WAIS, Bracken, Woodcock Johnson-IV, WIAT, Vineland-II, SIB-R, BASC2, BITSEA, ADDES, CBCL, SCQ, and ADOS2.

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 significant amount of prior ABA experience, there are additional opportunities to conduct didactic training in ABA methods for interns and practicum students and supervise several cases within the clinic; as well as opportunities to assist with ongoing development of the ABA for Families training program.

For additional information, please see our Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Brochure.

Who can Apply

Applicants must have a doctorate (PhD, PsyD or EdD) 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 $40,000, including Student Health Insurance.

The deadline for completed applications is January 31st, 2017, for the training year starting Fall 2017. All materials must be received by this date in order to be considered.

Application Process

The following application materials may be submitted directly or uploaded via APPA CAS for BCDD Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Disabilities program:

  • A letter of intent with training goals and interests
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • An official transcript
  • A work sample


Please contact by email or telephone if you have questions:

Dr. Sarah Irby
Telephone: (901) 448-2109

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