March 30, 2015

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Pediatric Psychology Fellowship

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Pediatric Psychology Fellowship

The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital is now accepting applications for a 12-month Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology beginning September 1, 2015, consisting of clinical training in pediatric psychology consultation models, dialectical behavior therapy, and applied clinical research.  The University of Miami/Jackson Health System (JHS) is the third largest medical center in the nation and by far the largest medical center in the Southeast with 1,558 licensed beds.  JHS is a regional referral center and a magnet for medical research and innovation, providing a wide range of patient services, educational programs, a clinical setting for research activities, and a number of health-related community services.  JHS’s world-renown treatment facilities include Ryder Trauma Center, UM/JM Burn Center, Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Miami Transplant Institute. Based on the number of admissions to a single facility, Jackson Memorial is one of the nation’s busiest hospitals.
The pediatric psychology fellowship is housed in the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Clinic, which specializes in behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and young adults, emphasizing advanced evidence based interventions with exposure to diverse cultural and ethnic populations.  The pediatric psychology fellowship combines inpatient consultation-liaison services to Holtz Children’s Hospital, outpatient treatment through the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT-A) program, and applied clinical research.

The fellow will gain clinical experience in pediatric psychology, including adjustment to new or chronic medical illness, preparation for medical procedures/surgery, end stage organ disease, conducting solid organ pre-transplant evaluations, burns, trauma, end of life issues, eating disorders, psychosomatic concerns, pain management, anxiety, depression, poor adherence to medical and psychiatric treatment, conducting safety assessments, and multidisciplinary collaboration with medical teams.  In addition, the fellow will co-lead outpatient DBT groups for adolescents/young adults struggling with medical adherence preventing them from moving forward to solid organ transplantation.  The fellow is not required to have prior training in DBT and will receive intensive training and supervision in DBT (including completion of a five-day intensive seminar) and will be part of a DBT consultation team as part of their training.

Approximately 20% of the fellow’s time will be dedicated to applied research and academic pursuits related to the effectiveness of clinical treatment interventions and pediatric mental health issues within the medical setting. Opportunities for scholarly oral and/or poster presentations and involvement in scholarly publications will be available during the year.  Evidence of a research product will be expected at the end of the fellowship.  

Fellowship training experiences include participation in the Pediatric Psychology Consultation-Liaison Seminar and Rounds, Palliative Care Rounds, End Stage Renal Disease/Kidney Transplant Selection Committee Meeting, DBT Didactic, Consultation Team meetings and group supervision, Post-Doctoral Fellowship Seminar, Ethics Seminar, Child Psychiatry Division Rounds, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, and Psychiatry Morbidity and Mortality Rounds.  The fellow can also participate in seminars and special conferences that are offered in the medical center at the discretion of the fellow's supervisor.  The fellow will work within a multidisciplinary team including close collaboration between psychology and psychiatry staff and trainees.  Fellows will be provided the opportunity to teach multidisciplinary trainees in psychiatry, psychology and other disciplines as well as supervise pre-doctoral psychology interns.  Fellows will receive two hours of individual supervision and mentorship will be provided in teaching, supervision, research, and overall career and professional development.

The program offers a one-year, full-time Post-Doctoral Fellowship appointment with a stipend of $32,000. Benefits include 18 personal leave days (vacation, sick, and educational leave) in addition to 10 Federal Holidays, and health benefits (medical, vision and dental). Fellows also have access to the University of Miami library system, which provides access to a variety of databases, as well as a host of online full-text journals and books.

Admission into the program is highly competitive and candidates are drawn from a nationwide pool of applicants. Applicants will have completed their doctoral training in psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program and have completed a pre-doctoral internship in an APA-accredited program.  Candidates with previous experience in pediatric psychology, consultation models, DBT training, and collaboration within multidisciplinary settings are encouraged to apply.  Strong interest and commitment to applied research is also preferred.

Application Information
Applicants are required to submit the following documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (at least one from internship program)
  • Two de-identified recent work samples (e.g. psychological evaluations, formal intake evaluations, or case presentation).

WE APPRECIATE IF ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION ARE SUBMITTED UNDER ONE EMAIL. RECEIVING A COMPLETE PACKET WILL HELP US EXPEDITE THE REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS.


Send all materials to:
Melisa Oliva, Psy.D.
Attending Psychologist
Pediatric Behavioral MedicineTelephone: (305) 355-7285


*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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