Fellowship Positions - Developmental Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Colorado

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Autism Training Collaborative (ATC)

The ATC brings together 4 postdoctoral Psychology fellowship positions offered in Developmental Pediatrics and the Pediatric Mental Health Institute of Children's Hospital Colorado to provide a range of coordinated clinical and research experiences focused on children and youth with Autism across the spectrum of functioning and common co-occurring difficulties. Training opportunities stretch from inpatient to outpatient and community settings, facilitating trainees' transitions to a variety career paths. The collaborative includes faculty with a wide scope of clinical and research expertise. You may apply to multiple positions within the ATC, however, a separate cover letter stating interest in the specific position of choice is required for each position.

ASD/NDD Services and Research
This position will provide focused experience in services for, and research with, children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The fellow will have the opportunity to provide services within the context of a multi-disciplinary team, as well as provide both individual and group therapy. The fellow works as a part of a multidisciplinary team that includes medical care providers, behavioral health providers, resource partners, and clinic staff. Fellow's activities will also include training in the ADOS and other measures relevant to our research projects, as well as the opportunity to provide school and parent consultation and community partnership activities. Weekly didactics, case conferences, individual and group supervision are all provided. The fellow will participate in ongoing research projects with Bruno and Laura Anthony, including participating in a newly funded Autism Center of Excellence (NIMH), and ongoing treatment research programs (including disparities research and Unstuck and On Target, an executive functioning intervention) in community settings. The fellow will also have the opportunity to lead data collection for their own new project, if desired, as well as publish from existing datasets. The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in broad policy and training activities through the Partner's for Children's Mental Health, a Center of Excellence to promote the system of care for children in the State of Colorado. Opportunities for teaching are also built into the fellowship.
Laura Anthony, PhD

Developmental Pediatric Psychology

The Section of Developmental Pediatrics provides outpatient interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and genetic disorders. The postdoctoral psychology fellow is an active team member in a variety of age-based (i.e., birth to late adolescence) and genetic-related (i.e., XY, Fragile X, Turner) clinics. Our setting provides unique opportunities to understand development across childhood and to collaborate with Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians and other medical providers, Social Workers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists, in addition to our 18 Psychologists. Fellows focus on building expertise in clinical conceptualization utilizing assessment measures of development/cognition, adaptive functioning, specific autism diagnostics, and diagnostics for common comorbidities and rule-outs, in order to provide supportive feedback for individuals and their families around strengths and needs for support. The year is enriched by intervention experiences (e.g., groups, individual, family/parent coaching) related to these diagnoses and their comorbidities. The postdoctoral fellow participates in scholarship related to their area of interest, which may include research, program development, or quality improvement (QI) projects. Mentors provide support related to developing an independent line of research/scholarship on a variety of topics. Opportunities for providing supervision and teaching, varied didactics, program development experience, and professional development are plentiful. Experiences within this postdoctoral fellowship are tailored to the fellow's interests and professional development goals. For interested trainees a second year of fellowship may be offered.
Rebecca Wilson, Psy.D.

Dual Diagnosis Behavioral Psychology Fellowship

The fellowship in behavioral psychology for dually diagnosed youth focuses on assessment, treatment, and clinical research with children and adolescents who have developmental disabilities (DD) (including intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and chromosomal anomalies) and co-occurring psychiatric behavioral health conditions (such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and/or severe problem behavior). This population of youth is served across several levels of care within the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO), including the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs of the Neuropsychiatric Special Care (NSC) unit, as well as through the Outpatient Clinic.

The fellow will participate in behavioral evaluation and treatment of patients across all three levels of care by working approximately 3 days per week in the NSC program and approximately 2 days per weeks in the outpatient clinic. While on the NSC program the fellow works as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, and direct care staff. The fellow's clinical responsibilities on NSC include supervising direct care staff implementing functional analyses of problem behavior and relevant functional communication training programs. Additionally, approximately 20% of the fellow's time on NSC will include participation in clinical research projects. Ongoing projects on the NSC unit include refinements to FCT programs and process improvement initiatives. On NSC fellows have access to mentorship in conducting single-case and group research designs to evaluate treatment efficacy and assessment practices, as well as a variety of process/quality improvements efforts to benefit NSC's service delivery model. While in the Outpatient Clinic the fellow will serve as a primary therapist for children and adolescents with DD presenting for weekly to bi-weekly treatment of co-occurring psychiatric/ behavioral health conditions using a range of evidence-based intervention modalities based in Applied Behavior Analysis and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or other applicable contextual-behavioral interventions as appropriate to each individual case. The fellowship is supervised by licensed psychologists and board-certified behavior analysts (BCBA). The ideal fellowship candidate will have completed their pre-doctoral internship and either have a BCBA or have completed coursework to sit for the board examination during their fellowship year. These pre-requisite experiences will allow fellows to benefit from this unique experience that prepares future psychologists to serve an extremely high-needs, complex population of individuals throughout various phases of clinical care.
Patrick Romani, Ph.D., BCBA-D