Postdoctoral fellowship program in Pediatric and Outpatient Psychology

Children’s Minnesota is a U.S. News and World Report honor roll ranked children’s hospital. Children’s Minnesota’s Department of Psychological Services is expanding our long-standing outpatient psychology fellowship program to encompass a more comprehensive pediatric psychology fellowship training program starting in 2022-2023. There are four positions available for this one-year post-doctoral fellowship that starts at the beginning of each academic year.

Position 1: Outpatient therapy and assessment track

Outpatient therapy and assessment with Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) focus. Training done by certified Within Agency Trainer.

The fellow will participate in outpatient therapy and assessment for children of a wide range of psychosocial backgrounds ages 2-18. Patients are referred from primary care as well as a number of specialty clinics (e.g., Feeding, Diabetes, Concussion, Genetics, Cardiac, Neurodevelopmental Services). Diversity of patients is represented in race, ethnicity, gender, ability and socioeconomic status.

The fellow will use evidence based treatments for therapy, and will have the chance to collaborate with our psychiatry team to coordinate care. Common presenting concerns for therapy include depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavior concerns, adjustment and coping with medical concerns, OCD, and adjustment issues. The fellow will also conduct comprehensive psychological assessments to address referral questions related to problems with learning, attention, anxiety, emotion regulation and other neurocognitive concerns.

Therapy supervisor:

Kevin Coleman, PsyD, LP

Assessment supervisors:

Rebecca Vaurio, PhD, LP

Nikki Anderson, PhD, LP

Location:

St. Paul

The fellow in the therapy track will have the opportunity to become certified in PCIT by a Within Agency Trainer. PCIT is a specialized, evidence-based treatment program designed for caregivers and their young children (2 to 7 years of age) who are experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties.

Supervisor:

Sarah Jerstad, PhD, LP

Location:

St. Paul

Positions 2-4: Specialty tracks

Pediatric psychology placements in two of the following specialties, along with outpatient therapy caseload derived from general and specialty referrals.

The Behavior Sleep Medicine fellow will provide outpatient behavioral health assessment and treatment services to infants, toddlers, school-age children, adolescents and their families presenting to Children’s Sleep Center with behavioral sleep concerns. The fellow will work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes sleep physicians, a psychologist, nurse practitioners and sleep lab technicians.

Fellows will receive training in evidence-based interventions for the treatment of night waking, bedtime resistance, nighttime fears, nightmares, parasomnias, insomnia, delayed sleep-wake phase disorder and adherence to positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. In addition to didactic trainings and weekly face-to-face supervision, the fellow will have the opportunity to shadow medical providers in the clinic and will participate in a monthly multi-disciplinary consultation group.

Supervisor:

Terese Amble, PsyD, LP

Location:

St. Paul

The post-doctoral psychology fellow will provide inpatient and outpatient psychology consultation, follow-up health and behavioral intervention, and mental health treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders, cancer survivors and their families. Clinical services are provided in person in the cancer and blood disorders clinic, inpatient hospital setting, and psychology clinic. The majority of services are provided in person, though telehealth is an option when clinically indicated. The fellow will follow, manage and provide psychology services for a caseload of patients and coordinate care for these patients throughout the post-doctoral fellowship year. Psychology services are provided for patients of all ages, including young adults. Psychology services and interventions range from support coping with diagnosis, treatment and procedural distress, pain management, and interventions targeting medication compliance to mental health services for behavior management, depression, anxiety or other needs. The fellow will have opportunities to collaborate with medical professionals involved in patient care and participate in weekly psychosocial team rounds, which includes social work, child life specialists, music therapy, ethics representative and spiritual care. There are opportunities to participate in Adolescent and Young Adult and survivorship programs as well.

Supervisor:

Nicole Quillen, PhD, LP

Location:

Minneapolis

The post-doctoral fellow, while on the Diabetes Psychology rotation, will have a year-long, 2-day a week outpatient rotation within the Endocrine Clinic at Children’s Minnesota. For one day, the fellow will be a part of the Diabetes Teen Clinic at Children’s Minnesota’s  Woodbury Specialty Clinic. The Diabetes Teen Clinic is a multidisciplinary team of endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, social workers and psychologists working together to care for teens diagnosed with diabetes.

On the other clinic day, the fellow will work with children and adolescents of all ages diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (primarily Type 1, but also Type 2 diabetes mellitus) at the Children’s Minnesota’s  St. Paul campus. The fellow will have the opportunity to work with patients and their family’s following a short-term intervention model to address a variety of difficulties including adjustment to new diagnosis, treatment adherence, as well as mood concerns and family conflict that interfere with diabetes management. The fellow will also work with diabetes patients during medical inpatient stays following periods of management difficulties (as able). The fellow will participate in weekly supervision for this rotation focusing on the role of pediatric psychology within diabetes, case reviews, multidisciplinary team collaboration and other topics as needed.

Supervisor:

Sara Gonzalez, PhD, LP

Location:

St. Paul

The Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders (CTED) postdoctoral fellow will participate in training and delivery of state-of-the-art evidenced-based treatment for adults, children, adolescents and families in our outpatient clinic in St. Paul. The track will be one year long, two days per week. In addition, the fellow will work with our multidisciplinary team of specialists including psychiatrists, hospitalists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, dieticians, child life specialists and specialists in integrative care on our medical stabilization unit for children and adolescents in St. Paul. The fellow will participate in our weekly team case consultation meeting as well as individual supervision on family-based treatment (FBT), cognitive behavioral therapy- enhanced (CBT-E), and the Unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders in children and adolescents (UP-C/A).

Supervisor:

Helene Keery, PhD, LP

Location:

St. Paul

The post-doctoral fellow on the Feeding Clinic track will have a year-long, 2-day a week, outpatient rotation in the Feeding Clinic at Children’s Minnesota. For one clinic day, the fellow will be part of the multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic team evaluations on the Children’s Minnesota St. Paul campus. The team consists of a nurse practitioner, dietician, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist and psychologist conducting assessment of child feeding difficulties from the lens of each discipline and collaboratively providing the family recommendations on interventions and referrals to ongoing treatment.

On the second clinic day, the fellow will work in outpatient therapy with children and adolescents of all ages diagnosed with pediatric feeding disorders at the Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis campus. The fellow will provide outpatient interventions tailored to each patient family and often includes intervening with behavior management strategies, improving environmental factors, and addressing mental health symptoms. The fellow will also participate in weekly individual supervision for this rotation focusing on the role of pediatric psychology within feeding, case reviews, multidisciplinary team collaboration, and other topics as needed.

Supervisor:

Kate Koehn, PhD, LP

Location:

Minneapolis

The post-doctoral fellow, while on the Pediatric Gender Health rotation, will have a year-long, 2-day a week, outpatient rotation within the Gender Health Clinic at Children’s Minnesota. The fellow will be closely involved within our multi-disciplinary, integrated team model of care, based primarily at the Minneapolis campus. The team is comprised of pediatricians, endocrinologists, collaboration with obstetrics/gynecology, a registered nurse, case manager, social worker and psychologists – all working together to provide evidence-informed gender affirming care grounded in best practices for transgender and gender diverse (TGD) youth, typically ranging from 4-18 years of age.

The fellow will have the opportunity to work with youth and their families following a short-term intervention model that includes psychological assessment and brief therapy services related to gender and associated stressors. Our model emphasizes assessment informed by best practices, and there is a collaborative focus on supporting youth/families as they consider steps aligned with embodiment goals and, where applicable, structured assessment for determining readiness for physical transition steps such as gender-affirming hormones and associated requirements for mental health letters of support.

Supervisor:

Mark Lynn, PhD, LP

Location:

Minneapolis

The integrated behavioral health (IBH) track focuses on providing behavioral health services within a primary care clinic. The IBH provider sees patients during clinic appointments (i.e. warm handoff) if available, sees patients for short-term therapy, and follow-ups with patients and their families afterwards to help coordinate behavioral health care services and supports. Follow-up services may include: calling to help schedule an IBH appointment, calling to help connect patient with outpatient therapy services, calling to answer questions related to behavioral health needs, or calling to coordinate care with community services (childcare, schools, and other medical providers).

The integrated behavioral health fellow will gain experience providing short-term therapy and real time consultations in a pediatric primary care clinic to address a variety of behavioral, emotional and medical concerns that have a mental health component (i.e., anxiety related to medical procedure). The fellow will be able to provide therapeutic services both in-person for clinic visits and virtual visits. Additional opportunities for group therapy and ADHD evaluation may be available to for fellow if interested.

Supervisor:

Ian Halberg, PhD, LP

Location:

Minneapolis

For all fellows: Consultation-liaison service

All fellows will participate in inpatient consultation and liaison throughout the year.

All fellows will participate in monthly didactics and case presentations. Fellowships will be based on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, but each fellow will have a primary office on one campus (two in Minneapolis and two in St. Paul).

All post-doctoral fellows will be part of the psychology consultation-liaison service team throughout the entire year of fellowship at Children’s Minnesota. The service provides consultation to pediatric inpatients on the hospital medical units on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. The consult service responds rapidly to the clinical needs of children and families who are hospitalized or in the ED.

Members of the hospital-based medical teams request consults for a wide variety of reasons, including:

  • Assessment of mental health symptoms and treatment planning following suicide attempt;
  • Therapeutic support while awaiting placement at higher level of psychiatric care;
  • mood and behavior changes following medical procedures;
  • emotional, behavioral, and social factors influencing current medical condition and/or treatment compliance/adherence;
  • adjustment and coping to medical illness or injury, treatment demands, and/or hospitalization;
  • coping after trauma (e.g., motor vehicle accidents);
  • behavior management; and
  • pain management.

Consults typically involve communication, coordination and collaboration with multiple members of the inpatient treatment teams, including but not limited to the hospital medical teams, nurses, social work, psychiatry, child life and others. Fellows will each be responsible for covering new consults for one assigned day per week and will continue to follow those patients throughout hospitalization. Consults will usually be conducted in person on the fellow’s primary campus, but at times telehealth consult across campus may be needed.

Fellows will also participate in one hour of weekly scheduled group supervision for this service focusing on the role of psychology within the hospital setting, case reviews, multidisciplinary team collaboration and other topics as needed. Additional individual supervision will be provided as needed.

Supervisor:

Kate Koehn, PhD, LP

Location:

Both campuses

Program and application information

Children’s Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a focus on recruitment of candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. We encourage individuals from various racial, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds, individuals who are gender diverse, veterans, and individuals with diverse abilities to apply.

Eligibility

  • Doctorate in clinical, school or counseling psychology from APA-approved institution (child emphasis preferred)
  • Completed APA-approved internship by start time of post-doctoral fellowship.
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Children’s Minnesota is unable to support Visas for fellows at this time.

Application

Applications will require CV, letter of interest and two letters of reference. Please describe any specific training in pediatric specialties.

Key dates

  • Application due date:
    Friday, December 3, 2021 (or until filled)
    Please note: Interviews will be conducted virtually
  • Fellowship start date:
    September 6, 2022
  • Fellowship end date:
    September 6, 2023
  • Salary: $48,000
  • Non-contract benefits (health, dental, PTO, etc.)
  • $200 for one professional due
  • 2 EDU days plus $300 to use towards it

Erika Brink, PsyD

Erika Brink, PsyD (she/her) earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Washburn Center for Children where she had focus training in parenting and trauma interventions. Dr. Brink has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has worked in a variety of multidisciplinary settings utilizing evidence-based approaches with children, adolescents, young adults and their families.

Dr. Brink is the 2021-2022 psychology fellow at Children’s Minnesota. She is receiving specialized training in consult-liaison, diabetes psychology, health psychology, psychological assessment, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). After the completion of her fellowship, she will relocate to New Hampshire to work at Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where she will specialize in clinical child psychology.

See where our previous fellows have landed:

  • Danielle Vrieze, PhD, LP — Medical School – University of Minnesota (umn.edu)
  • Chris McCormick, PhD, LP — Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic – Seattle Children’s
  • Mark Lynn, PhD, LP — Children’s Minnesota
  • Gretchen Scheidel, PhD, LP — Eugene Psychological Assessments
  • Natasha Mills, PsyD, LP — HealthPartners & Park Nicollet
  • Natasha Parekh, PhD, LP — Novo Behavioral Health
  • Sandra Ahumada, PhD, LP
  • Sam Marzouk, PhD, LP — Promethean Psychology
  • Margaret Anne Grace, PhD, LP — HealthPartners

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