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Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

This fellowship works with these departments and clinics:

Inpatient Psychiatry

We offer a 12-month fellowship program in clinical pediatric psychology beginning in September of each year. We are excited to recruit 2 Pediatric Psychology Fellows for the 2024-2025 training year. Our two Pediatric Psychology Fellowship positions will offer trainees the opportunity to provide coverage on our inpatient consultation and liaison service and to select from a variety of subspecialty rotations to enhance their Pediatric Psychology training.

We are a member of APPIC and adhere to all membership guidelines for applicant recruitment and selection. Our program objectives and values follow the Recommendations for Training in Pediatric Psychology: Defining Core Competencies Across Training Levels.

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Our program focuses on clinical training in pediatric psychology, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. Our goal is to produce excellent clinical psychologists who can:

  • Function independently as psychologists in a medical center and/or outpatient practice setting, providing evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment to children with a variety of medical and psychological conditions
  • Acquire state licensure to practice psychology (fellowship meets criteria for licensure in Ohio)
  • Possess the requisite knowledge and skills to pursue board certification in Child Clinical and Adolescent Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology

Fellows choose their focus of training based on their interest and career goals. 

We are committed to training fellows who are prepared to address issues of healthcare disparities and racial inequity as early career pediatric psychologists. A list of specific objectives and competencies is available upon request. Fellows are evaluated on progress towards competencies quarterly.  A copy of the evaluation form is available upon request. Information regarding grievances and due process is also available upon request.

Fellows pursue:

  • Advanced training in pediatric psychology through core curriculum and general training objectives.
  • Specialty training in clinical areas of interest through Individualized Training Plan and training activities

In addition to clinical rotations, Akron Children’s pediatric psychology fellows participate in weekly clinical didactics, a professional development seminar, a diversity, equity and inclusion seminar, and are required to complete a research project.

Training occurs at the Akron campus, and fellows complete training on the inpatient medical floors and the medical ambulatory setting.

Our program offers access to:

  • Large staff of psychologists to provide training
  • Nearly 20 rotations to personalize your training plan to your career goals
  • 100% of fellows are employed at the end of the fellowship, representing employment at top medical centers across the country

Fellows receive 3 hours each week of didactics specific to professional development, pediatric psychology, diversity and case conceptualization.

Topics include:

  • Evidence-based treatment in child/pediatric psychology
  • Professional conduct; ethics and law; and other standards for providers of psychological services
  • Issues of cultural and individual diversity relevant to the field of psychology
  • Advanced diagnosis and treatment
  • Supervision skills
  • Licensure and board certification in clinical child psychology
  • Psychological assessment: Interviewing and clinical diagnosis
  • Consultation/liaison services
  • Research and other forms of scholarly inquiry
  • Program evaluation or quality improvement
  • Organization, management and administration issues pertinent to psychological service delivery and practice, training and research
  • Addressing issues associated with healthcare disparities and racial equity in pediatric psychology

Additional educational opportunities include:

  • Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Psychiatry Fellowship Seminars
  • Research Seminar Series
  • Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum
  • NeuroDevelopmental Science Center Journal Club/Case Conference
  • Neuropsychology Neuroanatomy / Case Conference Series
  • Schwartz Rounds

Applicants for Akron Children’s pediatric psychology fellowship training program will submit a letter of interest, CV, three letters of reference, and an official graduate transcript through the Centralized Application Portal

The deadline for applications is midnight on December 4.

Eligible candidates will have completed an APA-accredited doctoral psychology training program in clinical, counseling or school psychology, and an APA- or CPA-accredited predoctoral internship program prior to beginning fellowship. Akron Children's is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

All interviews will be conducted virtually and will occur during the final weeks of January.  We will be adhering to the Common Hold Date as recommended by APPIC.

Questions can be directed to:

Kevin Triemstra, PhD
Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Director
Lois and John Orr Behavioral Health Center
Department of Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH  44308
Phone: 330-543-3073

Additional contacts:

Shana Schuler, PhD, ABPP
Associate Director, Pediatric Psychology Fellowship
Pediatric Psychologist

Mallory Zehe, PsyD
Associate Director of Pediatric Psychology Fellowship
Pediatric Psychologist

*Fellowship Stipends 2024-25

PL-4 – $71,443

PL-5 – $72,871

PL-6 -- $74,329

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Stipends

PL-1 – $63,384

PL-2 – $64,652

Optometry Fellowship Stipend

PL-1 - $63,384


House officers are granted 3 weeks of vacation or 15 customary working days.

Conference Time

Fellows are entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital.

Educational Allowance

Fellows are provided $1,500 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.


*This information may differ by fellowship. Please check with the director for specifics.

Research and Scholarship Travel

We encourage and support investigator-initiated research by subspecialty fellows. Therefore, we support research-related travel when the fellow is in good academic and professional standing, and when prior written approval of the program director is documented. All hospital policies relating to travel must be followed.

Professional Liability

Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital.

Health Benefits

Fellows and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the hospital’s health, dental, and vision insurance programs. Costs are shared between the fellow and the hospital. Benefits are available immediately.

Retirement Benefits

Fellows may participate in the Hospital’s 403(b) Plan from their date of hire. Match dollars are not available to fellows.

Medical License & DEA

Fellows are required to obtain an Ohio State Medical License and DEA certificate prior to beginning training.


A key access card for convenient parking is provided at no charge.

Lab Coats

One embroidered lab coat is provided if desired.


Fellows are given $60 every week for use in the hospital cafeteria.

Relocation expenses

The hospital provides reimbursement for initial relocation expenses, up to $1,000, subject to current tax laws.

Smoke, Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco-Free Campus

Akron Children’s is a tobacco-free healthcare system. Prospective employees who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start work.

We provide fellows with a variety of clinical opportunities to strengthen their training. The pediatric psychology fellows will alternate in providing coverage for our inpatient psychology consultation/liaison service and will select up to 4 additional clinical rotations to meet their individual professional goals.

Rotation options include:

  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Epilepsy monitoring/treatment program
  • Pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Behavioral feeding disorders
  • Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Headache Clinic
  • Tic and Tourette’s Program
  • Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Neuropsychological assessment program
  • Autism Diagnostic Clinic
  • School Success Program
  • Eating disorders

Other rotations may be available based on your interest and professional goals.

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