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APPIC-approved Post Doctoral Fellowship Training Program 2023-2024

The Developmental Evaluation Clinic offers a year-long, APPIC-approved postdoctoral fellowship focused on diagnostic assessment of infants, toddlers and preschool age children with neurodevelopmental, behavioral and early mental health concerns.

DEC is currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Postdoctoral Training Program.

Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled and should be submitted to RCHSD’s Career Page (search: Postdoctoral Fellow – Developmental Evaluation Clinic) and must include the following in order to be considered:

  • Cover letter indicating interest and brief description of your training goals
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous/current supervisors
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One redacted sample report
  • Note: applicants will also be asked to provide 3 references to be reviewed through our Human Resource Department prior to hire

These supporting documents along with any questions can be emailed to the Training Director:
Meghan Lukasik, Ph.D.
mlukasik@rchsd.org


DEC Fellowship Training Manual (2023-2024)

DEC Fellowship Brochure

Overview of DEC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program at DEC serves families and children under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist within an outpatient clinic setting affiliated with a pediatric hospital. The primary focus of this training program is the development of excellence in diagnostic assessment of our youngest and most vulnerable children ages birth through 5 years.

Postdoctoral fellows will spend the first four to eight weeks observing licensed psychologists conduct diagnostic interviews with parents/caregivers, both in person and via telehealth; selecting and administering a psychological testing battery; scoring and interpreting test results; preparing an evaluation report that includes differential diagnosis and recommendations; and conducting feedback sessions with parents/caregivers, both in person and via telehealth. Fellows will spend the subsequent 10-12 weeks performing these tasks under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist. Once the fellow demonstrates competence in each area, as measured by their primary supervisor and/or the clinical director, the fellow work independently with children and their families, independently performing all parts of a comprehensive developmental evaluation for the duration of the fellowship. Each step of training will proceed with consideration given to the fellow’s previous experience, comfort level and level of demonstrated proficiency.