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Child and Adolescent Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


The fellowship program is structured to be a full-time, one-year training experience; an optional second year may be considered. Each fellowship year begins on July 1, but exceptions may be made for an August 1 start date to accommodate variation in predoctoral internship end dates. Postdoctoral fellows work five days per week between the hours of 8am and 5pm, including at least one late evening per week. Hours worked per week generally range from 40-45. There is no "on-call" coverage. The fellowship program has an emphasis on clinical child and pediatric psychology and focuses on evidence-based services. Postdoctoral fellows work with a range of clinical presentations, as well as largely underserved patients and families. Clinical services and training activities are conducted in-person, following safety guidelines, and via virtual/telehealth platforms.

Both brief and longer-term outpatient and day treatment interventions, in group and individual formats, are available. Measurement-based care is emphasized. Postdoctoral fellows work collaboratively with a team of providers (e.g., medical residents/fellows, nurses, pediatricians, social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychiatrists, etc.), and are actively involved in clinical teaching and supervision.

Postdoctoral fellows receive at least two hours of individual face-to-face supervision per week from licensed psychologists. Supervision methods include group supervision, review of documents, live observations, review of video/audio taped sessions, and more. Supervision is provided by licensed psychologists who carry professional practice responsibility for the cases being supervised.

Core TTUHSC supervisors:

  • Tarrah Mitchell, Ph.D., LP
  • Natalie Scanlon, Ph.D., LP

Affiliated TTU supervisors:

  • Caroline Cummings, Ph.D.
  • John Cooley, PhD
  • Jonathan Singer, PhD

Informal evaluations are conducted throughout the year. Formal evaluations are conducted at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months of the fellowship. Evaluations are based on core competencies and serve to identify strengths and growth areas. Each clinical supervisor rates the fellow’s knowledge base and professional practice on structured rating forms. Evaluations are shared with the fellows so that goals can be defined and refinements can occur. There will also be regular opportunities for fellows to provide feedback on supervisors.

Postdoctoral fellows will receive and review a document outlining the rights and responsibilities of the program and the fellows related to due process and grievance procedures.

Due Process Procedure
Grievance Procedure