Evidence-Based Practice in Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Mental Health Psychology Fellowship
A specialized clinical and research postdoctoral fellowship in evidence-based practice in child, adolescent, and young adult mental health psychology is available in NYU Langone’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The fellow participates in program development and evaluation in addition to providing supervised service in a vibrant academic medical setting.
Our program combines activities supporting multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and provision of assessment and treatment in an affiliated clinical setting at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone Health. It is unique in that it provides an opportunity to develop the research and clinical skills often needed in positions in academic medical centers.
Our department has become proficient in adapting assessment and treatment practices for telepsychology delivery. As a result, this fellowship serves our diverse clinical population and is based in two locations, our Manhattan office and our office in Northern New Jersey. The fellow reports to Anna Van Meter, PhD and Richard Gallagher, PhD.
This one-year fellowship provides advanced training and supervision in the use of empirically supported practices with an emphasis on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related disorders. It is sponsored by the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with cooperation from the Department of Psychiatry. Fellows spend approximately 60% participating in clinical activities with Dr. Gallagher and 40% of the program participating on research projects with Dr. Van Meter.
Fellows learn empirically-supported practices to conduct individualized assessments, treatments, and consultations for children, teens, and adults with ADHD. Although ADHD and related disorders are emphasized, significant co-morbid issues with mood and anxiety are present in these youth, especially adolescents and young adults. While engaged in this activity, fellows have access to data gathered in several completed randomized controlled trials that have investigated the treatment of executive function deficits in elementary school children with ADHD and related disorders. The impact of treatment on home and school functioning and on resting state brain connectivity is the focus of recent studies. Support and encouragement for presenting at conferences and developing manuscripts is a component of training.
Research and Academic Experiences
Fellows also have the opportunity to contribute to projects underway in Dr. Van Meter’s IMPACT Lab, including research that uses novel technology including app-based treatments to improve outcomes for adolescents with mood disorders and those at risk for suicide. Fellows learn about digital phenotyping and other topics related to digital psychiatry, including technology-based assessment and treatment tools. They also gain experience working with adolescents with mood disorders and their caregivers and become experts in the assessment of adolescent mood symptoms.
Specific responsibilities include conducting diagnostic evaluations with both caregivers and youth, including monthly follow-ups; assisting with aspects of the research (e.g., IRB protocol amendments and collaborating with other clinicians to recruit participants); collaborating on research presentations and manuscripts; and helping to mentor students in the lab. Fellows are also encouraged to develop their own research interests, including drafting manuscripts and submitting them for publication and/or for presentation at scientific conferences.
As advanced trainees, fellows are also involved in providing educational programs for parents and school professionals and provide supervision to undergraduates, pre-doctoral psychology trainees, and psychiatry residents.
Duties and Responsibilities
Fellows in our program participate in the following activities:
- conducting diagnostic evaluations of children, adolescents, and young adults
- providing behavioral and cognitive therapies for individuals, families, and groups
- delivering presentations at schools and local community organizations
- conducting scholarly activity in Organization Skills Training and other evidence-based behavior therapy protocols, including a specialty intervention for children with selective mutism
- collaborating with psychiatrists providing psychopharmacological treatment to patients
- participating in occasional overtime as required and approved
How to Apply
We accept applications on a rolling basis until September 2023 or whenever the position is filled. We encourage submission at the earliest possible date. At the start of the fellowship, applicants are expected to have completed an American Psychological Association-approved internship and a dissertation and to have obtained a limited permit to practice medicine under the supervision of a New York State–licensed psychologist. The salary for this position is $58,000-$61,000 and is commensurate with experience. Fellows are also eligible to participate in additional work opportunities at NYU Langone.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and a clinical work sample (such as a de-identified evaluation report for a child or adolescent you treated or a testing report) to email@example.com. All submissions should receive a receipt of confirmation within three-to-five business days. If you do not receive a confirmation, kindly resubmit the application.