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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia- Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP)

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychology and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric mood disorders beginning in the summer of 2020. The goal is to prepare the fellow for a career as a researcher in pediatric mood disorders.

 The Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CHAMP) within DCAPBS is a multidisciplinary team providing evaluation and treatment for youth with mood symptoms. Through this specialty clinical research program, data is collected with the goal of characterizing the pediatric mood disorder population. Biological and psychosocial risk and protective factors for depression and suicide risk are being investigated. The fellow is expected to participate in the clinical research program and the writing of grants and papers.

 The Child and Adolescent Mood Program at CHOP includes psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers and works closely with the Department of Immunology. The department also houses a predoctoral internship with tracks in pediatric neuropsychology, pediatric psychology, child clinical psychology, integrated behavioral health, and Autism Spectrum Disorders that is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

 The mood disorder post-doctoral training program covers a period of one to two years, and consists of primarily research and educational activities. Clinical activities are available if needed.

Additional Information

Agency Type
Childrens Hospital
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Child Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
Serious Mental Illness
Other Emphasis
Mood Disorders
Research Time
Training Director
Dr Rhonda Boyd (Program Director), Dr. Lauren Krivitizky (Post Doc Training Program Director)
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# of Licensed Supervisors
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Applications recieved last year
Will follow APPIC Selection Guidelines
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Fringe Benefits
Fellowship stipends are consistent with NIH guidelines. Stipends are distributed evenly across the year in bi-weekly checks. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides a generous benefits package, including multiple options for individual health insurance coverage that becomes available upon completion of the first 30 days of postdoctoral fellowship training. At this time, fellows may choose to purchase health insurance for a spouse or dependent(s) through one of the available group plan options. We strongly recommend that fellows continue pre-existing individual health insurance coverage through the first month of the postdoctoral training program. Fellows will accrue 25 PTO (paid time off) days in their PTO bank to be used as needed for vacation, personal time or illness. In addition, fellows will be allowed the following seven announced holidays: • New Year’s Day • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day • Memorial Day • Independence Day • Labor Day • Thanksgiving Day • Christmas Day Fellows may request additional leave for participation in professional conferences, as long as coverage for clinical responsibilities is arranged. Fellows are required to have time off approved by all supervisors at least three days in advance.
Research opportunities
Research is an important component of the Fellowship Training and typically involves participation in ongoing projects. This fellowship will primarily consist of participation in clinical research in the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP). The focus of the research will be on categorizing symptoms and protective factors in children and adolescents presenting with depression. Prefer candidates with interest/background in physiologic, genetic, and biologic factors in mood disorders. The fellow may also have opportunities to engage in some clinical work outside of the research program. Please contact Dr. Rhonda Boyd if you have additional questions about this fellowship opportunity boydr@email.chop.edu.
Application Instructions
All applications will be collected through APPA CAS. Applicants are preferred to have doctoral degree from an American Psychological Association (APA)-approved clinical, counseling or school psychology program prior to starting the postdoctoral fellowship program at Children's Hospital. • Applicants are required to have completed an APPIC member or APA-approved internship in child-clinical, pediatric or counseling psychology. Applicants must have defended their dissertation prior to the start of the fellowship. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Tobacco-free hiring policy To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire. Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. How to apply To apply for a fellowship position, applicants must submit the following documents via the APPA CAS portal: • A one- to two-page cover letter describing previous professional academic preparation and work experience relevant to a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology, career interests and specific plans, and reasons for applying to the Fellowship Program. Please specify to which fellowship positions you are applying. • A curriculum vitae • Three letters of recommendations from academic or work supervisors • Reprints or preprints of book chapters or journal articles (please do not send a copy of your dissertation or thesis) • An unofficial transcript from your doctoral training program (an official transcript will be required upon acceptance of a fellowship) One application packet is sufficient to apply for all available fellowship positions. Electronic versions of the application are required. Please send electronic materials via email to psychologyfellowship@email.chop.edu. Questions can be directed to this address or to the faculty mentor of the position(s) in which you are interested. Applicants should specify the fellowship position(s) to which they are applying in their cover letter. See CHOP website for any additional program application requirements

This record was last updated on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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