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Psychology Fellowship

The focus of the Department of Pediatrics Psychology Fellowship Training Program is to provide training in working with a broad variety of pediatric patient populations and clinical presentations. The program takes place within the University of Iowa Health Care organization and is housed in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital (UISFCH). The faculty and staff are dedicated to preparing and educating postdoctoral-level trainees to provide psychological services for children and adolescents with various medical and mental health needs.

The training program uses biopsychosocial, cognitive-behavioral, and behavioral models of psychology. The goal of the programs is to train psychology fellows in the core competencies in Professional Psychology as established by the American Psychological Association, as well as specialty competencies related to Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology.

The core Professional Psychology competencies include: (1) professionalism, (2) interpersonal, (3) science, (4) application (including assessment and intervention), (5) education, and (6) systems. These competencies are taught through didactic seminars, journal clubs, research and clinical experiences, as well as group and individual supervision.

Clinical experiences vary widely depending on the specific Fellowship Track but include evaluation and treatment of individuals with a wide variety of mental health and health related conditions. The age range of most patients seen in the Department of Pediatrics is from early infancy to adults, with the latter for individuals with developmental disabilities. The fellow will receive training in evaluation methodologies (behavior analysis, developmental, intellectual, achievement, neuropsychological) and interventions (behavioral, educational, cognitive-behavioral, and health related prevention).