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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Eating Disorders and Consultation and Liaison at CHOC Children's Hospital

  • 1.  Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Eating Disorders and Consultation and Liaison at CHOC Children's Hospital

    Posted 02 Mar, 2020 14:50

    CHOC Children's Hospital (CHOC) is pleased to offer one postdoctoral fellowship position in pediatric psychology consultation liaison with an emphasis on eating disorders for the 2020-2021 training year.

    CONSULTAION LIAISON/ EATING DISORDERS Track (1 position): One fellowship position in pediatric psychology will have a primary focus on Consultation and Liaison with a specialization in Eating Disorders. The fellowship is located at both CHOC Children's Hospital main campus (Orange) and CHOC Children's satellite hospital in South Orange County, California at CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, which provides general pediatric services along with neonatal and pediatric intensive care.

    The fellow will work with the general Psychology Consultation and Liaison service providing consultation to the medical units in the hospital. Consult requests include the evaluation of unexplained pain disorders, conversion disorders, adjustment to new diagnoses, preparation for surgery or procedures, end of life issues, communication between families and the medical team, and assessment of high risk situations (suicide attempts, mental status changes).

    The fellow will also have the opportunity to develop specialty expertise by working with the inpatient Medical Stabilization for Eating Disorders program. Within the Eating Disorders program, fellows will have the opportunity for an immersive training experience in eating disorders, using a family based approach. The fellow will be involved in the assessment and delivery of evidence-based services to the patient and family with the goal of assisting with medical rescue and alleviating distress. Fellows also will be instrumental in disposition planning and linking patients and families to additional services and resources upon discharge from the medical stabilization inpatient hospitalization. The fellow works closely with a variety of medical teams and disciplines including attending physicians, nurses, dieticians, social services, child life, physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The fellow will take a leadership role in helping to coordinate the consultation service.

    The fellow will also have a small outpatient therapy caseload consisting of pediatric psychology cases with co-occurring mental health and medical diagnoses. All fellows will have opportunities to provide supervision to practicum students and/or interns. Fellows will also participate in didactic seminars and trainings, including a specific postdoctoral seminar. All fellows complete a postdoctoral fellow project and receive training in the provision of community presentations. Fellows may have the opportunity to teach medical students and residents.

    The Training Program is housed in the Department of Pediatric Psychology at CHOC Children's, which provides comprehensive psychological services throughout CHOC Children's Hospital. CHOC Children's serves a socially and ethnically diverse community and supervision includes work with bilingual and bicultural psychologists and psychiatrists. For our bi-lingual/Spanish speaking trainees, a specialized program to increase comfort and competence in the provision of Spanish language services will be provided and opportunities exist for specialized training in bilingual assessment.

    A more detailed description of the fellowship program can be found at, or by emailing the Manager of Psychology Training, Marni Nagel, Ph.D., at The CHOC Children's psychology training program also includes an APA-accredited predoctoral internship. Completion of an APA-accredited doctoral training program is required; preference is given to those who have completed an APA-accredited internship.

    Application Procedure
    Please send a letter of interest (including why you are interested in the above position, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of reference (one from an intern supervisor, one from a faculty member of your graduate program and one other of your choice), and a sample assessment report (with identifying information removed). Applications will continue to be reviewed as they are received and accepted until the position is filled. Please send all application materials electronically to Marni Nagel, PhD, Manager of Psychology Training, Senior Psychologist, at Letters of reference may be sent by the recommender him/herself electronically, including the name of the applicant in the subject line, to Marni Nagel, PhD, Manager of Psychology Training, Senior Psychologist, at or may be compiled by the applicant and sent electronically along with the other application materials.

    We look forward to reviewing your application.

    Katelyn Anderson PhD
    Pediatric Psychologist
    CHOC Children's Hospital
    Orange CA