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Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pain

The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Pediatric Pain in the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine trains clinical pediatric psychologists with a specialty in pediatric pain, including both clinical and research applications. Clinical pediatric psychologists with this type of specialized training are in short supply, especially in the state of Indiana.

The fellowship program collaborates with the Department of Anesthesia at IU School of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The curriculum meets the needs of trainees seeking to develop the expertise to work in this area and benefits the hospitals and patients who require this specialized care.

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IU School of Medicine is accepting applications for a one-year appointment to the Clinical Psychology Fellowship in Pediatric Pain. Interested applicants can email the program coordinator.

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Specialized Training

Through this program, fellows develop skills to work effectively in a variety of clinical, research and educational settings. The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pain helps fellows develop skills necessary to teach, supervise and manage a clinic and/or research laboratory, as these are roles commonly assumed by clinical pediatric psychologists. These skills are built upon a foundation of ethically and legally responsible behavior, sensitivity to individual differences, professional conduct and development commensurate with the highest standards in psychology. 

Quick Facts

  • How long is this program?
    The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pain is a one-year appointment with the potential for an additional one-year reappointment.
  • Are there prerequisites?

    Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) conferred from an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology or be a doctoral candidate in good standing in an APA-approved graduate training program in psychology.

    Additionally, applicants must have completed a pre-doctoral internship in clinical, counseling or school psychology, preferably from an APA-accredited program. Experience providing behavioral medicine/ health psychology services to medically and psychologically ill children, including assessment and intervention, is required.

  • What application materials are required?

    Interested applicants must submit a CV, graduate transcripts, cover letter and three letters of reference, including one from a current clinical supervisor.

    Please submit applications to:
    Amy Williams, PhD, ABPP, HSPP and Adam Hirsh, PhD
    c/o Rita Roush
    Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine
    355 W. 16th Street, Suite 4800
    Indianapolis, IN 46202

    or email Rita Roush.

  • Is there someone to contact with questions?
    Yes, please direct questions to program coordinator, Rita Roush, by email or by phone (317-963-7308).
  • What is the application and interview process?
    All applications that meet minimum requirements will be reviewed by the fellowship directors, and applicants will be selected for in-person and/ or phone interviews. Based on interviews and strength of application, one trainee will be selected each year that an opening is available.
  • Is there an oversight or certification agency?
    Yes. Once fellows participating in this program have accrued the minimum supervised clinical hours (and all other licensure requirements) required for licensure as a psychologist in the state of their choice, they will be required to sit for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).
  • What areas of clinical services does this program train fellows in?
    The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship trains fellows in initial psychological diagnostic evaluations; evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions; supportive counseling; psychoeducation on pediatric pain, as well as other chronic medical and psychiatric illnesses; case consultation; coordination of psychological care in the community; direct clinical care, and associated documentation and indirect aspects of clinical care, as described above will constitute 50 percent of the fellow’s weekly responsibilities. Other potential clinical services may include group psychotherapy, pre-surgical evaluations, biofeedback and psychological interventions in pediatric headache clinic.
  • What benefits do fellows receive?
    Fellows receive full medical and dental benefits through IU School of Medicine. Learn more about fellowship benefits through the Graduate Medical Education office.

Professional Development

Fellows have opportunities to develop innovative, integrative and multidisciplinary models of care across a variety of clinical settings. Fellows may work with colleagues from other disciplines to identify and implement changes to clinical programs that can improve outcomes, or work to develop new programs to meet emerging needs in clinical settings.

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Research

Fellows engage in academic and research activities during their training. From case studies, research design, and data collection and analysis to grant writing and manuscript preparation, research projects are chosen collaboratively by the fellowship directors and fellows.

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Inter-Professional Training

Fellows have opportunities to teach, mentor and supervise other trainees (predoctoral interns, practicum students, graduate and undergraduate research assistants), and deliver educational training to other health professionals.

Clinic Experience

The majority of clinical training for fellows in this program take place at the Pediatric Pain Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis). The Pediatric Pain Clinic is a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic that serves children and adolescents with chronic/recurrent pain conditions across the state of Indiana and beyond. Treatments here include medications, procedures (injections, epidurals, etc), physical therapy, psychotherapy and other evidence-based treatments for pediatric chronic pain. Fellows also gain experience with inpatient consultations for children/ adolescents admitted to medical floors or inpatient rehabilitation for conditions involving pain.

Teaching Faculty

22839-Williams, Amy

Amy E. Williams, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

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13615-Kronenberger, William

William G. Kronenberger, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

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13218-Blake, Hillary

Hillary S. Blake, Psy.D., MA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

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