Pediatric Psychology Fellowship

Psychology fellow with patient

Come explore a variety of postdoctoral training opportunities available in the Department of Psychology. Our aim is to provide a superb training experience to future leaders in pediatric psychology in the provision of clinical service and research.

As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the unique St. Jude patient population. Our patients include childhood cancer survivors as well as children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other hematological disorders, and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Fellows receive clinical training in assessment and intervention with infants through young adults.

The 2-year fellowship is designed to be flexible to suit the interests and professional goals of each trainee, with a focus on both clinical and research activities. Fellows enjoy excellent support and benefits, with a competitive salary consistent with NIH fellowship guidelines. St. Jude also offers a close-knit, collaborative environment, outstanding mentorship and superb resources.

Find Open Positions

Research areas

Psychology Research Areas

Openings are available in the following research areas:

  1. One position is available with Dr. Sean Phipps, with a focus on coping and adjustment in children with cancer.
  2. One position is available with Dr. Valerie Crabtree, with a focus on sleep and fatigue in pediatric oncology patients and survivors. 
  3. One position is available with Dr. Jerlym Porter, with a focus on transition from pediatric to adult care for patients with sickle cell disease.
  4. One position is available with Dr. Victoria Willard, with a focus on social development in children with cancer. 

All positions emphasize clinical investigation and offer supervised clinical hours for those desiring licensure. St. Jude is a recognized APPIC member ( Opportunities for collaborations are available with the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and the University of Memphis, Department of Psychology. To apply to the program, visit the APPA CAS application websiteSt. Jude is participating in the APPIC Uniform Notification Date of February 26, 2018, for post-doctoral fellowships. For more information, please see the APPIC website.

About St. Jude

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a premier center for research and treatment of life-threatening childhood diseases, including cancer and certain blood, genetic, and immunodeficiency disorders. The hospital's mission is to advance cures and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude is dedicated to providing unsurpassed patient care and to advancing the health of children through biomedical research.


  • PhD or PsyD in clinical, counseling, or school psychology from an APA- or CPA-accredited doctoral program
  • Submission of the following materials using the APPA CAS:
    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Three letters of recommendation (called “evaluations” by the APPA system), including one from graduate program training director verifying date doctoral requirements will be met, and one from internship director
  • Submission of official transcript from graduate program directly to:

Jerlym Porter, PhD
Program Director

Department of Psychology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 101
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

Completed online applications are requested by January 1, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. Candidates receiving offers of employment will be subject to pre-employment drug testing and background checks.



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St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. Candidates receiving offers of employment will be subject to pre-employment drug testing and background checks.