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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Clinical Psychology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care

1. Psychology Fellowship in Stem Cell Transplantation and School Consultation
This one-year post-doctoral program through the Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology offers training that includes two major components. The first focuses on specialized consultation to survivors of pediatric cancer through our School Liaison Program (SLP) providing consultation/liaison services to off-treatment patients, their families, and schools regarding the educational late-effects of oncologic treatment. Many survivors of childhood cancer are at risk for learning and neuro-cognitive deficits due to radiation to the central nervous system and other forms of treatment. This portion of the fellowship is designed to provide specialized training to doctoral level clinicians to meet the needs of this growing population of pediatric cancer survivors. Fellows engage in intensive collaboration with survivors, schools and families to develop tailored educational plans.

The second component is as a member of a multidisciplinary team providing psychological care and behavioral consultation and intervention to patients undergoing stem cell transplant and their families. The psychology fellow provides a wide range of emotional support and mental health services to pediatric patients and their caregivers, as well as ongoing consultation to the medical team, schools and community-based providers. The fellow meets with patients as they begin their transplant course, provides psychosocial support during their inpatient stay at Boston Children’s Hospital, and continues to provide support as they receive outpatient medical care in the Jimmy Fund Clinic at DFCI. Psychosocial services are individualized to meet the unique needs of each patient and family and may include individual therapy, family therapy, and/or parent guidance.


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. The successful candidate will have a strong background in pediatric/health psychology with experience in school consultation and the interpretation of neuropsychological assessment. Fellows will maintain an academic appointment through Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. For additional information or more detailed program description, please contact Lisa Northman, PhD at (617) 632-6764 or lisa_northman@dfci.harvard.edu


2. Psychology Fellowship in Pediatric Oncology
This one-year post-doctoral program offered through the Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology offers the opportunity for specialized training in the clinical care of pediatric oncology patients and families. Working as an integral part of the multidisciplinary oncology team, the fellow will provide psychological care, behavioral consultation and intervention to on-treatment patients and their families. The clinical program allows the fellow the opportunity to further and deepen their training in pediatric psychology with a focus on working with patients and families across the full range of oncologic diagnoses in both in- and out-patient settings. The clinical care model affords fellows the opportunity to work with many patients and families throughout the entire course of the fellowship year. There are also opportunities to develop and administer clinical programs and participate in ongoing research projects. The successful candidate will have a strong background in pediatric/health psychology. Fellows will maintain an academic appointment through Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. For additional information or more detailed program description, please contact Brian Delaney, PsyD at (617) 632-4206 or brian_delaney@dfci.harvard.edu

A full range of didactic training experiences is included in both fellowships. An interdisciplinary journal club, psychosocial oncology seminars, a professional seminar, and palliative care training opportunities are included in the curriculum. Fellows receive a minimum of two hours of weekly individual supervision in addition to other supervision and consultation with faculty in clinical and research settings. Opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and presentations are available. Dedicated research time will be provided and participation in regional or national conferences will be encouraged. Fellows are also encouraged to attend other educational activities such as psychiatric and medical grand rounds that exist at the many Harvard-affiliated medical institutions in the Longwood Medical Area. Graduation from an APA-accredited doctoral program and completion of an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship is required. Please note that while applicants are welcome to apply to both positions, they must indicate a ranking in their cover letter.

Benefits include: health and dental insurance, 4 weeks of paid vacation, and an additional paid week for licensure preparation. Salary is competitive.

General questions or inquiries should be directed to Brian Delaney, PsyD, Director, Post-Doctoral Psychology Training at (617) 632-4206 or brian_delaney@dfci.harvard.edu

Application deadline is February 3, 2014; early applications are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should send: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) Three letters of reference (including one from internship supervisor), 3) A cover letter that includes a statement of interest, and 4) An official graduate transcript to:

Jackie Eldridge, Clinical Administrative Support Specialist,
Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue, Office D-155, Boston, MA 02215
or to Jacquelyn_eldridge@dfci.harvard.edu

DFCI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity.

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