At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we are dedicated to improving the mental health of children today, but also training the next generation of pediatric mental health providers to help children tomorrow. We offer several training opportunities, including fellowships, externships and internships, to help children’s mental health providers advance their skills and prepare for practice.
Pediatric psychology fellowships
The Pediatric Mental Health Institute offers post-doctoral pediatric psychology fellowships in numerous clinical settings so prospective fellows can find an opportunity that matches their interests. All fellowships provide clinical, research and teaching experiences for comprehensive training in academic medicine.
What to expect from a pediatric psychology fellowship
Our goal is that fellows leave this experience feeling like more well-rounded and prepared providers. We offer fellowships in the following areas:
- Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
- Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
- Developmental Pediatric Psychology
- Pediatric Primary Care
- Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant
Each fellow will develop a specific program in coordination with their individual supervisors and our Director of Psychology Training based on the requirements and goals of the program, patient care needs and the fellow’s interests. Over time, fellows will have increasing clinical responsibility, autonomy and exposure to more challenging cases. All their experiences are reviewed by supervisors who are active providers in our hospital.
Our supervisors evaluate fellows informally through supervision and formally every six months through written evaluations. The goal of supervision is to support the fellow in working with new patient populations, assessment tools and intervention strategies and to build competence and functional autonomy. Fellows have dedicated didactic time and attend seminars and Institute grand rounds.
Psychology fellows are hospital employees and have similar benefits, rights and responsibilities as first-year employees. As employees, fellows are eligible for benefits equivalent to a first-year employee, which include medical, dental, vision, short term disability and life insurance options. All our fellowships are full-time, year-long programs beginning in September.
Requirements for admission
Applicants must have completed their training in an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited PhD or PsyD program in clinical, counseling or school psychology, as well as an APA accredited internship. Applicants must have completed all doctoral degree requirements by the fellowship start date, including internship completion and successful dissertation defense. The fellow’s graduate school must officially verify their degree before acceptance.
We’re committed to recruiting culturally and ethnically diverse individuals. Bilingual Spanish speaking applicants, and all other qualified applicants, are encouraged to apply. Our fellowship program also provides supervision in Spanish to help support bilingual trainees’ growth in this area.
How to apply to our psychology fellowships
Our fellowship program follows all Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) policies and guidelines regarding application and notification procedures.
All applicants must use the APPIC online applicant portal.
A completed application consists of the following materials:
- A cover letter detailing the following items: interest in the specific post-doctoral position of choice; previous clinical, research and professional experience relevant to the post-doctoral program; and how the fellowship will advance your professional or personal goals. All developmental pediatric applications must include a de-identified work sample.
- A current curriculum vitae
- Official transcripts of all graduate coursework
- Three letters of recommendation. (Please submit only three letters.)
The application deadline for 2022-2023 positions is December 9, 2021. Please see the 2021-2022 Fellowship brochure (.pdf) for more information.
See where our interns and fellows are now
We work hard to improve pediatric mental health care in Colorado and throughout the United States, which is why training the next generation of children’s mental health specialists is so important to us. Our post-doctoral fellows and interns are now working across the country.