Applications are invited for a full-time 12-month postdoctoral fellowship positions, to begin September 1, 2017.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Pediatric Psychology Fellowship is part of a comprehensive interdisciplinary training effort within the Department of Pediatrics at UAMS, and involves medical fellows, residents, students, social work interns, and speech/language pathology interns. The Fellowship is under the direction of the Section of Pediatric Psychology, which consists of 11 doctoral-level psychologists, 4 postdoctoral Fellows, and 2 master's-level psychological examiners. In addition, psychologists are embedded in other sections within the Department of Pediatrics (i.e., Children At Risk, Adolescent Medicine, Behavioral Pediatrics, Center for Applied Research and Evaluation). Fellows receive clinical supervision from psychologists, all of whom are licensed in the state of Arkansas. Typical work hours approximate 45 hours/week with 80% time in clinical service and related activities.


Training sites include Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) and the J.L. Dennis Developmental Center (DDC). ACH is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas. Known for being one of the largest pediatric medical providers in the United States, ACH proudly provides world-class medical care to children and families throughout Arkansas and surrounding areas. Pediatric Psychology Fellows cover several outpatient medical clinics including Audiology and Hearing Impairment, Brain Tumor, Burn/Plastics, Cardiology, CPAP Adherence, GI/Liver, Headache, High-Risk Newborn, Pulmonary/CF, Sleep, Spina Bifida, and Weight Management. Also, Fellows cover the Inpatient Consultation/Liaison Service for all of ACH. Fellows may select from various elective experiences, which include developmental disabilities, research, medical crisis and loss, pediatric neuropsychology, and various pediatric sub-specialty outpatient clinics.

The DDC is an outpatient interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment center that serves a variety of patient populations with a focus on children with developmental, learning, and/or behavioral problems from birth through 18 years of age. In the DDC, Fellows can participate in psychoeducational assessment, behavioral assessment, multidisciplinary team assessment, and psychotherapy.

The Fellowship is funded partially by a grant to the Partners for Inclusive Communities. Fellows participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program. The LEND program is federally funded through the Maternal Child Health Bureau and currently there are 43 LEND programs nationally. The national LEND objectives are:

·         Advancing the knowledge and skills of all child health professionals to improve health care delivery systems for children with developmental disabilities.

·         Providing high-quality interdisciplinary education that emphasizes the integration of services from state and local agencies and organizations, private providers, and communities.

·         Providing health professionals with skills that foster community-based partnerships; and

·         Promoting innovative practices to enhance cultural competency, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary partnerships.

The Fellowship includes a variety of training experiences, such as weekly pediatric grand rounds as well as monthly presentations in pediatric psychology, section administrative meetings, and peer review/case conferences. Numerous additional presentations also are available in various specialty areas. In addition to the above clinical and training experiences, Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing faculty research efforts.

 Compensation and Vacation

The current 12-month stipend is $40,000.  Also, a $2,500 E-fund is available to each Fellow for professional expenses such as conference travel and fees, association dues, and licensure fees. Fellows also are eligible for health care insurance (see UAMS HR). Additional benefits include accrued leave time with 11 UAMS paid holidays, 22 accrued vacation days, and 11 sick days.

 Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

Candidates must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to beginning fellowship. Only graduates of an APA or CPA accredited programs will be considered. Applicants should have completed a predoctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (AAPIC).

Candidates should have well-established clinical interests and experience in pediatric psychology, child psychology, and/or behavioral medicine.

Applications are June 2, 2017 . Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Applicants must submit the following: letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae, graduate transcripts, and 3-letters of recommendation.  Please email all materials to:

Brandi Whitaker, Ph.D.

 For further information, please visit or contact Dr. Whitaker at

UAMS is an Equal Opportunity Employer; individuals from minority and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.