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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowships

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 CDD 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 CDD 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 CDD, 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 CDD 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 CDD 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.

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 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 January 31, 2020 or until position is filled by a qualified applicant. 

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center 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
Email: pnorfolk@uthsc.edu

 

Child Welfare and Trauma Informed Care

The primary goal of the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Welfare and Trauma-Informed Care is to provide in-depth training in the field of child welfare and child maltreatment. Fellows will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of assessment, treatment, and multidisciplinary collaboration around issues related to child abuse and neglect. Additionally, fellows will participate in the dissemination of evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions into the multiple systems commonly responsible for the care of youth in state custody. By the end of the training period, fellows will develop intermediate to advanced levels of competence in the areas of:

  • Psychological assessment
  • Evidence-based treatment for various forms of child abuse and neglect
  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration
  • Advocacy
  • Professional ethics in the area of child maltreatment
  • Developing a professional role in the field of child abuse and neglect

The UTHSC Center of Excellence (UT COE) is part of a statewide network of pediatric referral centers established to serve children in state custody and those at risk of entering state custody. The UT COE assists Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and community providers in West Tennessee by improving behavioral health services for these children through direct and consultative means. The UT COE is comprised of an interdisciplinary clinical staff, including psychiatry, psychology, developmental pediatrics, social work, and speech pathology.

The UT COE also collaborates with state agencies to identify, develop and disseminate trauma-informed best practices into child-serving systems. Treatment models disseminated include: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC); Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); and treatment of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. UT COE also trains foster parents and child welfare workers in specific curriculums developed by the NCTSN. The UT COE has recently been designated a Community Treatment and Services Center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to further support its dissemination efforts.

Responsibilities within this position include child evaluations surrounding trauma issues and developmental functioning, as well as assessment of a range of emotional and behavioral problems evidenced by children who have experienced abuse and neglect; consultation with caregivers, child welfare workers, teachers, and other service providers regarding effective interventions; supervision of psychology trainees; opportunities for program development and evaluation; participation in didactic learning experiences and scholarly presentations; opportunities for providing evidence-based treatment, such as TF-CBT,PCIT, and treatment for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. The typical population served is diverse in ethnicity/race and geographic location (e.g., urban and rural).

For additional information, please see ourPsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Brochure.

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.

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 January 31, 2020 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:

Melissa Hoffmann, PhD
Telephone: 901.448.3420
Email: mhoffmann@uthsc.edu

Last Published: Jun 16, 2020