Psychology Post-Doctoral Residency Program

Please note that these positions have been filled for the 2018-2019 training year.

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. For more information about the Oregon Residency Contract go to:

All residents are salaried employees (with salary currently set at $47,484). Residents receive 10 paid vacation and 10 paid personal days. Health benefits are provided.

Integrated Pediatric Primary Care/Behavioral Pediatrics Residency

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 at

Assessment/Neuropsychological Assessment-Oriented Residency

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 at

Autism Spectrum Disorder Residency

This is a one-year position, with the option of extending to a 2-year position (pending funding). Emphasis is on diagnostic assessment of children and youth with a referral question of ASD (~2/3 time). Other research and clinical duties may focus on collaborative research, behavioral treatment, inpatient consultation, etc. as applicable to the applicant's interests and program needs.

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 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. 

Primary Activities: The postdoctoral fellowship in ASD blends primarily clinical activities with research opportunities based on the interests and training needs of the fellow. Clinical activities will focus on ASD (2-3 days/week) with an emphasis on differential diagnostic assessment. Up to one-third of the fellow's time may be spent in other research and/or clinical activities, such as neuropsychological assessment, inpatient consultation, behavioral treatment, parent training, or cognitive-behavioral individual/group treatment. Opportunities for research exist in collaboration with affiliated OHSU ASD research labs and other faculty members in the Division of Psychology. Dr. Huang-Storms' current research includes sex differences in ASD symptom presentation, differential/co-morbid diagnosis, and indicators for early identification of ASD. The postdoctoral resident may participate in ongoing research activities in addition to developing his/her own research project(s). 

Please direct questions about this position to questions may also be directed to Lark Huang-Storms, Ph.D. at  

Chronic Pain and Family Health Research

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 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. at

Behavioral Health Residency

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. at