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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals

Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship
Dana Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center
Boston, MA

Title: Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship
Description: The Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is accepting applications for a full-time clinical psychology post-doctoral fellowship. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a federally designated, comprehensive cancer center and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.  It has a longstanding partnership with Children’s Hospital Boston that is now known as Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. The fellowship is designed as one-year training experience starting on September 4, 2012 and finishing on August 31, 2013.  The possibility of extending training into a two-year program is possible depending on funding and other factors. A brief description of the post-doctoral fellowship opportunity follows:
Psychology Fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
The Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology was established in 2000 by the Divisions of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology at Dana-Farber in order to train doctoral-level clinicians who have clinical, programmatic, and research interests in the pediatric brain tumor population. Although childhood brain tumors remain as one of the more lethal of childhood medical diagnoses, increasing numbers of children and adolescents are receiving treatment and surviving brain tumors. Consequently, there is an increased need for psychologists who can address the emotional, neuro-cognitive, social, and behavioral issues that are prevalent in this population.

In addition to striving to meet the particular training goals of the fellow, the program has established a number of goals for the training year. The primary focus is clinical, but research opportunities are available based on applicant interest. We strive to expose the fellow to the full range of pediatric neuro-oncology patients seen at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston.  Fellows become an integral part of the neuro-oncology clinical team and develop skill at clinical interventions and consultation to patients, families and staff.  On-treatment cases will include a variety of different diagnoses, treatment modalities, and psychological issues.  Effort will be made to meet training needs and interests.  The fellow will provide a range of psychological services including assessment, behavioral and CBT approaches in addition to individual and family psychotherapy. A second clinical focus is conducting psychological screenings and consultations to the survivorship population in the multidisciplinary Pediatric Brain Tumor Outcomes Clinic.  The fellow becomes familiar with the clinical issues facing off-treatment brain tumor patients and survivors (those two years or more off-treatment) and their families.  Fellows develop skill at short-term assessment and screening in a fast-paced clinic environment and deliver consultation to patients, families, and staff.

Fellows are also encouraged to develop and become involved with clinical programming and research focused on understanding and addressing the needs of the pediatric oncology population.  In addition to the core program, the Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology fellowship programs also offer several didactic training opportunities. Clinical team meetings and seminars are offered including multidisciplinary post-doctoral seminars. Numerous other learning opportunities including the Children Hospital Boston Department of Psychiatry grand rounds, Palliative Care Grand Rounds and other opportunities are offered on the Longwood campus and we encourage fellows to attend.

Fellows receive appointment to Harvard Medical School, competitive salary, and full benefits package.


Interested applicants should submit:
 *   Curriculum Vitae
 *   At least 3 letters of reference (and no more than 5) from psychologists or other mental health professionals familiar with your work. At least one should be from an Internship Supervisor or other supervisor or consultant who has recent knowledge of your clinical work.
 *   Personal Development Statement that describes the development of your interest in child psychology, your future professional goals, and a description of how a training year with us would help in meeting your personal and professional development goals. In another paragraph please describe how your coursework, previous training, and experience directly relate to this post-doctoral training opportunity. Please also include any other relevant information that is not reported in your other application materials.

Please note that previous experience in pediatric neuro-oncology is not required. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send your application materials to<> or Brian L. Delaney, PsyD; Director of Training, Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship Program; Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology; Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; 450 Brookline Avenue, D312; Boston, MA 02215.
Please contact Dr. Delaney at the above email address or (617) 632-4206 with any questions concerning this training opportunity.

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