Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program

The Division of Psychology at the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR, offers several full-time psychology post-doctoral residency positions. The Division consists of 17 licensed psychologists focused on inpatient (medical) and ambulatory care for children with complex developmental and/or medical disorders and their families, clinical research, and training.

Please note: If you wish to apply for more than one of these residencies, you must follow the application guidelines for each position. We cannot accept a single application for multiple positions.

Additionally, we currently utilize the APPIC Postdoctoral Directory to provide additional detail about each offering. Interested parties are encouraged to review the directory for more specific details about the positions, applicant qualifications, and application procedures.

General application requirements

All residents must hold a doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, or school at the start of their residency. Further, applicants must have completed their doctoral training and internship through a program accredited by the American Psychological Association. Other specific requirements for individual positions are detailed in those position descriptions.

Review of applications will be ongoing, with a deadline for applications by early January, each year  (these will vary slightly by position), with invitations for interviews made shortly thereafter. Offers will be extended pending final budgetary approval.

Opportunities for all positions

All post-doctoral fellows within the Division of Psychology have access to a multitude of career development opportunities through the IDD and OHSU, including a rich range of didactic offerings. Experience in supervision of interns and/or practicum trainees is emphasized through mentorship and tiered supervision. Opportunities to offer community-based trainings to parents and community providers are available, as well as mentoring of medical residents and medical students.

Start date, salary and benefits

Start date for each position is targeted to be early to mid-August; this will be negotiated individually for each position. Prior to starting, residents must obtain a State of Oregon Contract for Supervision of Psychologist Resident. Learn more about the Oregon Residency Contract

This residency emphasizes training in behavioral health care for issues often first presenting in pediatric primary care. The resident will provide clinical services to children with issues falling under the purview of behavioral pediatrics. Behavioral pediatrics blends behavioral and pediatric sciences to promote health and well-being of children. The IDD Behavioral Pediatrics Treatment Program emphasizes care to children with: toileting issues (e.g., soiling, bedwetting, delayed toilet training), tic and habit disorders (e.g., Tourette's, trichotillomania, body focused repetitive behaviors), common child rearing challenges (e.g., toddler tantrums, bedtime resistance and sleep problems) and adherence challenges in young children (e.g., CPAP non-adherence, difficulty completing required medical examinations).

Additionally, the resident will engage in integrated behavioral health care in general pediatrics clinics. Specifically, the resident will provide direct consultation to patients during well-child and standard medical visits, brief (4-6 session) intervention care or stabilization support while patients seek specialty mental health care, indirect consultation to pediatric residents and attendings, formal experiential and didactic training to pediatric residents to improve their ability to address child rearing challenges, and supervision to a psychology intern and/or practicum student also providing integrated behavioral health care.

Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Kurt Freeman

This position emphasizes advanced training in comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluation services of various pediatric populations, focusing on youth with complex special health needs. Most evaluation/neuropsychological assessments of youth with complex medical and/or developmental needs (e.g., traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, spina bifida, craniofacial disorders) will occur in outpatient contexts; some inpatient evaluative work may also occur (e.g., evaluation of patients hospitalized for seizure evaluations, pre-surgical evaluations for children undergoing brain resections). Evaluations will occur as part of interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary teams as well as independently/psychology only-evaluations. This position also includes consultation and brief intervention in a multidisciplinary clinic treating survivors of pediatric cancer and their families. Opportunities for inpatient consultation also exist.

Additionally, the resident in this position will likely have opportunities to provide mentored supervision to clinical psychology practicum student(s) involved in assessment-related activities.

The overall goal is to prepare fellows for a career in pediatric assessment/neuropsychology by adhering to the model developed within the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Mina Nguyen-Driver

This Postdoctoral Fellowship is within the Psychology Division at the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon. This is a 1-year program with an option to be a 2-year position; however, the second year is contingent upon funding, the fellow’s continued progress, and the fellow’s interest. Emphasis is on diagnostic assessment of children and youth. A major focus of assessment will include individuals with a referral question of ASD (~2/3 time). Additional clinical duties can include a focus on neuropsychological evaluation in children with complex developmental and/or medical issues (e.g., neuro-oncology, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury). Referrals for child assessment will come from providers across multiple disciplines (e.g. craniofacial disorders, primary care, neurology, hematology-oncology, neuro-oncology, PICU/neurocritical care). Other clinical duties may include behavioral treatment, inpatient consultation, etc. as applicable to the applicant's interests and program needs. This position has been approved for accepting applications. Start date will be on or around Mid-August 2020, pending execution of a State of Oregon Contract for Supervision of Psychologist Resident.
Learn more information about the Residency Contract

The IDD Autism Program functions as the only interdisciplinary, university-based program for children with ASD and their families in Oregon. It is also designated as one of 15 Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) clinical sites and a Center of Excellence for the state of Washington. More than 20 clinical professionals participate in the Autism Program, representing the fields of psychology, developmental pediatrics, psychiatry, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, audiology, occupational and physical therapy, social work, and family consultation. Services through the broader Autism Program include multidisciplinary differential diagnostic evaluations for toddlers through adults, speech-language and occupational therapy, behavioral and medical consultation, medication management, and behavioral treatment. The Autism Program actively collaborates with the diverse clinical and pre-clinical autism research endeavors at OHSU, including neuro-imaging, language processing, animal models of behavior, and metabolic/genetics.
Learn more about the IDD and Division of Psychology

Primary activities

The postdoctoral fellowship in ASD blends primarily clinical activities with additional research opportunities based on the interests and training needs of the fellow. Clinical activities will focus on ASD (approximately 2 days/week) with an emphasis on differential diagnostic assessment. Clinic days will include interdisciplinary assessment including cognitive and autism specific (e.g., ADOS-2) measures. One day per week may also include neuropsychological assessment. The fellow's remaining time may be spent in other research and/or clinical activities, such as, inpatient consultation, behavioral treatment, parent training programs, or cognitive-behavioral individual/group treatment. Our commitment at the IDD at OHSU is to provide a comprehensive training opportunity where the post-doctoral fellow acquires competence in pediatric assessment, clinical interviewing, feedback, and collaborative team evaluations and consultations.

As a Division, we continue to value individuals with diverse experiences and backgrounds to best serve our clients at OHSU and further the development of professionals in our field with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Opportunities for research exist in collaboration with affiliated OHSU ASD research labs and other faculty members in the Division of Psychology. Dr. Duvall’s current research includes neuropsychological outcomes in children with pediatric brain tumors and other medical complexities, sex differences in ASD presentation, cognition and differential/co-morbid diagnoses, and indicators for early identification of ASD. The postdoctoral resident may participate in ongoing research activities in addition to developing their own research project(s).

Rich didactic opportunities are offered at OHSU through the psychology division (psychology seminar, neuropsychology didactics) and throughout the hospital (pediatric grand rounds, psychiatry grand rounds, neurology grand rounds). Past fellows completing a 2-year position have eligibility for board certification in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Qualifications

Applicants must have:

  1. completed their doctoral training in psychology (clinical preferred, school and counseling psychology considered) from an APA-accredited doctoral program prior to the start date;
  2. completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship; and
  3. demonstrated strong potential for a career in pediatric psychology with an emphasis on ASD and child clinical assessment with preference for clinically reliable administration of all ADOS-2 modules and neuropsychological assessment proficiency.

Experience with outpatient treatment, particularly from behavioral and/or cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientations, is preferred. Successful applicants will be individuals with a passion for working with individuals with ASD and a solid foundation in treatment.

Salary and benefits

This position has an annual full-time salary based on NIH post-doctoral fellowship guidelines, currently $50,004 per year. Health benefits, two weeks of vacation, two weeks sick time, and paid holidays are included.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via www.ohsujobs.com, and select the “Apply to Jobs” option. Please select “Post Doctoral Jobs” under “Search for Jobs in iCIMS”. Then, find the position description and opportunity to apply by typing in A100632 in the search field.

Please direct questions about this position to Susanne Duvall, Ph.D. at duvall@ohsu.edu

This position is posted on the OHSU job website

 Applicants should follow the instructions provided on the website and upload the following documentation:

  1. Letter of interest and goals for the post-doctoral year(s)
  2. Curriculum Vita (include awarded or expected date of doctoral degree) and the names of 3 professional references
  3. In addition, a minimum of two letters of recommendation and one de-identified clinical work sample should be sent separately to Dr. Duvall at duvall@ohsu.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately and we encourage people to apply as early as possible, we hope to meet and interview applicants at upcoming National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN, Mid November) and/or International Neuropsychological Society (INS, early February) conferences, if possible. The final deadline for applications will be December 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified of offers by February 10, 2020. Start date will be Mid-August, with some flexibility.

Any further questions may also be directed to:  

Susanne Duvall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon 97239-3098
503-494-2269
duvall@ohsu.edu

This is a one-year position, with the option of extending to a 2-year position based on mutual fellow and program interest.   This position emphasizes training and experience in child and family research with chronic pain populations, under the primary supervision of Dr. Anna C. Wilson (75% research time). The fellowship is designed to prepare the individual for an academic career in pediatric or health psychology, with a focus on pain and the family. The fellow will receive experience and training in conducting research related to risk for the development of pediatric chronic pain, as well as in the assessment and treatment of pediatric chronic pain. Specific training in grant writing, manuscript preparation, and data analysis will be provided. Ongoing research projects focus on family history of chronic pain, assessment of parent health and functioning in the context of pediatric pain, and neuroimaging of pain in adolescents. The fellow will have the opportunity to develop independent research projects.

Clinical activities

Clinical activities will include participation in multidisciplinary assessments through the OHSU/Doernbecher Children's Hospital outpatient Pediatric Pain Management Clinic, a multidisciplinary team that includes pediatric anesthesiologists, physical therapists, advanced practice nurses, and psychologists. The fellow will also provide individual psychology treatment services, provide a pain management workshop to groups of children with chronic pain and their parents, and have opportunities to conduct inpatient consultations related to pain management. 

Please direct questions about this position to Anna C. Wilson, Ph.D.

This is a one-year position, emphasizing evaluation, consultation, treatment, and research activities within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. Resident will evaluate and provide outpatient and inpatient intervention services to patients with gastroenterological disorders, including but not limited to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Functional Abdominal Pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Obesity, and Constipation/Encopresis. Training will emphasize collaboration and consultation within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, focusing on problems that are present in outpatient medical care (e.g., non-adherence to the treatment regimen, adjustment to the challenges of having IBD, problems with transitioning from pediatric to adult care, and management of the psychosocial problems that co-occur with IBD and other gastroenterological conditions). Evaluations will include clinical interviews and communication of recommendations to members of the multidisciplinary team.

Interventions and treatment will include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, behavior management, supportive interventions, and pain management/relaxation training. In addition, approximately 1/3 of the position will involve research activities focused on psychosocial screenings in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Please direct questions about this position to Michael Harris, Ph.D.