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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Pediatric Consultatio/Liason Postdoctoral Fellowship
Institute of Living / Connecticut Children's Medical Center

September 2013- August 2014

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

This full-time fellowship in pediatric psychology provides a particular focus in consultation/liaison at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center an acute-care children’s hospital. The fellow works closely with pediatric psychologists and two child & adolescent psychiatrists with specialty practice in consultation/liaison. Advanced training is provided in the understanding of major pediatric illnesses, required medical regimens, and the comorbidity of psychiatric problems in medical populations (e.g. Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Pain Management and others). The fellow participates in all clinical assessments and the management of recommendations for hospitalized patients. The fellow is encouraged and supported to take a leadership role with other trainees, including psychology interns, general psychiatry residents, and medical students. The fellow participates in establishing and revising treatment plans. Skills in the role of consultant and managing systems needs are emphasized.

The fellow in pediatric consultation/liaison is expected to meet the following training objectives:
Advanced competence in rapid psychological assessment and treatment recommendations for a wide variety of medically hospitalized children
Developing and maintaining effective collaborative professional relationships
Completion of one or more scholarly and/or clinical projects of pediatric relevance. Current examples include revision of the eating disorder protocol, providing training to staff on meal support intervention, pilot project for adolescents with diabetes and their parents on medical adherence.
Appropriate disposition and case management for psychiatrically impaired children after they have been medically stabilized.
Increase leadership skills through supervision experiences, participation in multidisciplinary teams, and providing a central role in the triage and completion of consultation requests from inpatient subspecialty services.
Provide brief, problem-focused psychotherapy to selected inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients initially evaluated and treated through the consultation/liaison service.
Supervision, Seminars, Clinical Didactics

The fellow receives weekly individual supervision with the pediatric psychologists at Connecticut Children’s and with the child and adolescent psychiatrists providing C/L services.

The fellow is expected to attend:
Consultation/Liaison Rounds (weekly)
IOL Psychiatry Grand Rounds (weekly)
IOL Psychology Dept Meetings (weekly)
IOL Psychology Post-Doctoral Seminar (weekly)
Division of Pediatric Psychology Journal Club (monthly)
IOL Health Psychology Seminar (monthly)

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or Psy.D. from an APA-approved program and be interested in Behavioral Medicine.

Please access the application on our website:

Questions can be addressed to James DeGiovanni, Ph.D., Director of Psychology and Psychology Training, at

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