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Pediatric Psychology Fellowships

Psychology fellow with patient

Come explore a variety of postdoctoral training opportunities available in the Department of Psychology & Behavioral Sciences. 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, infectious diseases such as  HIV/AIDS, and pediatric neurological diseases. 

The fellowship is designed to be flexible to suit each trainee's interests and professional goals, with a focus on clinical and/or research activities. As a fellow, you will benefit from an individualized training team, access to world renowned interdisciplinary mentors, a top-ranked scientific environment, and exceptional educational resources for professional growth. Fellows enjoy excellent support and benefits, with a competitive salary higher than NIH fellowship guidelines. 

St. Jude is a recognized APPIC member (

Two-year postdoctoral fellowships incorporating both clinical and research activities and three-year research-only fellowships are offered. Strong candidates for a clinical-only training program may be considered. 


Training Opportunities

  • Patient care activities include clinical consults and therapy with patients with hematology, oncology, and/or infectious disease diagnoses, as well as risk assessments and crisis management. 
  • Additional clinical opportunities include specialty rotations in early childhood, pain management, cognitive assessment, and supervision of junior trainees. 
  • Research opportunities will be primarily focused on manuscript writing, data analysis, and study design. Opportunities to participate in grant writing and data collection are available if interested. [FT1]  Additional opportunities to engage in activities that are typical of clinical faculty in a medical center (e.g., multidisciplinary team liaison, quality improvement projects, research collaborations, committee work) are available.
  • Fellows will be assigned a training team to develop an Individualized Development Plan that will guide their training and is aligned with their career goals.
  • Fellows who engage in patient care activities  [FT1] meet hourly postdoctoral supervised practice requirement for licensure as a psychologist with health service provider designation in Tennessee upon satisfactory completion of fellowship. 

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.


Eligibility for Clinical Fellowship

Successful applicants must have a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical, counseling, or school psychology from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (APA- or CPA-accredited preferred) and completed a doctoral internship meeting APPIC standards (APA- or CPA-accredited preferred).

To Apply

Applications are due December 1, 2023. The following information should be submitted directly to the Director of Clinical Training (Kendra Parris, Ph.D.;

  • Cover letter indicating goals for fellowship
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the internship director
  • Statement from graduate program training director verifying the date doctoral degree requirements will be met
  • An official graduate transcript

St. Jude is a recognized APPIC member ( We will be participating in the Common Hold Date.

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Please read our frequently asked questions, or contact Kendra Parris, PhD, Director of Clinical Training at