The Section of Psychology in Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics announces the availability of a two-year, postdoctoral fellowship designed to train scientist-practitioners in pediatric neuropsychology. The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and is designed to conform to the guidelines developed by Division 40 of the APA, the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and the training model formulated at the Houston Conference. Our goal is to provide advanced training for psychologists specializing in pediatric neuropsychology who plan to go on to earn certification through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN), a member board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology is one track within a comprehensive fellowship program (Director: Gia Washington, Ph.D.) that also includes a track providing specialty training in Pediatric/Clinical Child Psychology. Each track therefore affords opportunities for fellows to gain experience outside of their primary specialty area. The mission of the overall fellowship program is to advance the profession of psychology and maximize child health outcomes through exemplary postdoctoral training that launches the independent careers of psychologists who are effectively prepared to balance and integrate clinical practice, research and teaching within their subspecialty field of child and pediatric psychology. We will achieve this through direct teaching of advanced competencies, informed professional development and an emphasis on individualized and contextually-relevant evidence-based care achieved through scholarly inquiry, commitment to a scientist-practitioner model, and a mutually informative collaboration between multidisciplinary researchers and clinicians.
The primary site for this fellowship is the Psychology Service of Texas Children's Hospital, which is the largest children’s hospital in the United States and the primary teaching/training center for the Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. Baylor and Texas Children’s are located on the grounds of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Texas Children’s was one of only 12 hospitals nationally designated by U.S. News and World Report in 2012-2013 for Honor Roll status in pediatrics, ranking fourth overall. We ranked among America's best in all 10 specialty areas evaluated.
Texas Children’s is comprised of four main facilities. The Clinical Care Center is the primary outpatient services facility, whereas the West Tower is the inpatient services facility. The Feigin Center houses research facilities, including labs, administrative and faculty offices.
The Abercrombie Building houses additional patient care areas, other patient services (e.g., international patient services), and administrative offices. The physical space of the Psychology Service occupies 13,000 square feet in the Clinical Care Center, which is adjacent and connected to both the West Tower and the Feigin Center. The new Pavilion for Women houses the maternal-fetal medicine program and also connects to the Clinical Care Center. Space designated for the Psychology Service’s patient care includes: 10 neuropsychological testing/interview rooms, several group therapy rooms, 4 child therapy rooms, 4 family therapy rooms, and an indoor playground. Clinical space is equipped with observation rooms, one-way mirrors and digital and VHS video capacity with microphones for supervision and consultation purposes.
The Psychology Section maintains a large number of trainees at various levels, offering significant opportunity for collegial interaction with peers. Current departmental trainees include seven postdoctoral fellows (four in pediatric neuropsychology, three in clinical child psychology), four interns in our APA-accredited Professional Psychology Internship Training program, and numerous graduate practicum students. At the fellowship level, a firm foundation is provided for those pursuing careers in academic medical centers, hospitals, or in private practice. The majority of our graduates entered directly into positions within academic medical centers. A small minority initially chose to enter private practice, hospital-based practice, or a university placement, and others have subsequently proceeded to establish successful community health center or private practices.
With accomplished faculty neuropsychologists (9 principal, 3 secondary) and pediatric psychologists (11) that span a variety of specialties within the field of pediatric and, to a lesser extent, adult psychology, our program provides fellows with many professional role models. The client population served through Texas Children’s represents a wide range of conditions within primary and specialized pediatric medicine. The caseload of fellows is based upon their educational needs and training goals. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in evaluations and therapy with children with a variety of physical disorders and diseases as well other mental health disorders. Primary services in which the fellows engage include neuropsychological evaluation; consultation with families, schools and referring physicians; and individual, family and group psychotherapy.