Accepting Applications Starting October 1, 2023

  • 2 OPEN fellowship positions for the following training year: September 1, 2024 - August 31, 2025
  • Applications are accepted until both fellowship positions are filled
  • Virtual interviews will occur in January 2024
  • Fellowship position offers will be made in accordance with APPIC's Postdoctoral Selection Standards and Common Hold Date (2/26/2024 at 10 am EST).

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Program, applicants must meet the following minimum entrance requirements before the September 1 start date:

  • Completion of doctoral studies at an APA- or CPA-accredited institution meeting APPIC standards in clinical or counseling psychology (Note: if the doctoral degree in psychology is in an area of emphasis other than clinical or counseling psychology, the applicant must have completed re-specialization training in an accredited doctoral program)
  • Completion of an APA- or CPA-accredited internship meeting APPIC standards in clinical or counseling psychology, with a clinical emphasis on the child/adolescent population
  • A license to practice in the State of Michigan
  • A broad, general background in professional psychology

NOTE: Fellows cannot begin fellowship until all requirements of their doctoral degree are completed (e.g., internship, dissertation). These activities are expected to be completed by August 31st.

Highly Desired Experiences and Attributes

In addition to ensuring minimum entrance requirements are met, reviewers look for the presence of desirable experiences & attributes including the following:

  • Academic training (coursework) in clinical health psychology & child and adolescent clinical psychology
  • Membership of minoritized and underrepresented groups
  • Clarity of goals, congruence of historic experiences and goals with program offerings, & strength of writing skills as evidenced within application materials
  • Clinical experience in health care/medical settings
  • Experience in medical education, teaching, & course instruction
  • Experience or additional training in interpersonal & communication skills within healthcare, as well as normal to subclinical developmental and behavioral issues of childhood
  • High levels of support from letters of recommendation
  • Interest, advocacy &/or outreach related to the following: child health and wellness; equity, diversity & inclusion; addressing social determinants of health
  • Interest in culturally-informed, evidence based practices; emerging roles for psychologists within interprofessional teams

Application Instructions

To apply, submit application materials directly to the Program Director Dr. Rebecca Ellens by email. Please request a read receipt to confirm delivery.

Required application materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Graduate School Transcripts (may be unofficial at the time of application, with official provided after interview offer)
  • Three (3) current and satisfactory letters of recommendation with contact information, one of which must be from your current or most recent primary supervisor. Letters of recommendation can be submitted by the referees or the applicant.

Application Review

Applications are not reviewed until all materials are received. Completed applications are initially reviewed by the Program Director. Following initial review, the Program Director determines which applicants will and will not be invited for an interview. Once applicants are scheduled for an interview, program staff, faculty, and current fellows review application materials. NOTE: All applicants who submit a complete application will either be invited for an interview, or notified that they were not selected for an interview.

Candidate Interviews

Interviews are typically held in January and February. To promote equity across applicants, interviews will be 100% virtual. In-person visits will not be permitted until after a position offer is extended and accepted. An interview schedule is prepared and shared with candidates as early as is feasible. The interview process is designed to be comprehensive, standardized, and maximizing of equity across candidates. A typical interview may include the following: Program overview, virtual presentation of the program facilities and Flint community, interview sessions with current faculty and fellows, and a case presentation. During the interview process, the presence of desirable experiences and attributes as referenced above are noted.

Fellow Selection Process

Ultimately, the Program Director extends fellowship position offers to those meeting minimum eligibility criteria based upon the presence of desired experiences and attributes as per above. The fellowship also considers candidates’ representation of various cultural, life, and professional experiences to maximize diversity amongst fellows and faculty. When selecting between two highly rated candidates, the fellowship program prioritizes applicants who are members of minoritized and underrepresented groups. Once a fellowship position offer is accepted by a candidate, candidates are offered a fellow contract agreement. NOTE: All individuals who interview are either offered a fellowship position, or notified that they were not selected for a fellowship position offer.

NOTE: Fellowship position offers will be made via phone and email to the top-ranked applicant for each available position in the days to week following 1/26/2024 interview completion. Per the Common Hold Date and related APPIC selection standards, individuals offered a position reserve the right to hold the offer until 10:00amEST on 2/26/2024. If an applicant declines the offered position prior to the CHD, the next top-ranked applicant for that position will be extended an offer. Please contact the Program Director by email with any questions.

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