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 a neurodevelopmental disorder (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or Intellectual Disability). 


The postdoctoral fellow will work in an interdisciplinary medical setting at the BCDD conducting comprehensive evaluations, implementing behavioral therapy, participating in didactic training, supervising predoctoral interns and practicum students, and completing program evaluation activities and/or research. The postdoctoral fellow will receive a minimum of 2 hours per week of individual supervision by a licensed psychologist. 

While at the BCDD, the postdoctoral 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. Commonly administered assessment instruments include the WPPSI-IV, SB-5, Bayley-III, WISC-V, Bracken, WJ-IV Achievement, WIAT-III, Vineland-3, BASC-3, Conners-3, BITSEA, SCQ, ADOS-2, CARS-2, etc. Additionally, opportunities for research are available using BCDD data, which includes developing ideas for manuscripts and presentations, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Several opportunities for psychotherapy are available to the postdoctoral fellow. Psychotherapy interventions at the BCDD are most often behavioral. There is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Families Clinic which emphasizes a parent-training model of ABA. Opportunities for the fellow’s involvement in this clinic include providing ABA therapy and parent consultation for individual cases, supervision of intern and practicum student cases, and co-leading group supervision meetings. For postdoctoral 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 (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.

Application Process

The following application materials may be submitted directly or uploaded via APPA CAS:

  • Letter of interest
  • Current CV
  • Work sample
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official graduate school transcript

Completion of a background check will be required before an offer of a position can be finalized.  Application deadline is February 15, 2019 or until position is filled by a qualified applicant. 

The University of Tennessee Postdoctoral Fellowships are part of the UT Professional Psychology Internship Consortium, which is an APPIC member program. The stipend is anticipated to be approximately $47,000, including health insurance.


Please contact by email or telephone if you have questions:

Phil Norfolk, PhD
Telephone: (901) 448-6557


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