Fellowship Curriculum

  • Fellows are trained in psychometric assessment and intervention in the outpatient Psychology Clinic and on the inpatient medical units throughout the two years of fellowship. To supplement their training, three six-month rotations are available:
    • Infectious Diseases/HIV Clinic—Training in outpatient assessment and intervention with pediatric and young adult patients with HIV/AIDS under the supervision of a licensed psychologist specializing in pediatric HIV/AIDS in the St. Jude Infectious Diseases Clinic.
    • Pain Service—Training in outpatient and inpatient intervention with patients in early childhood through young adulthood on an outpatient and inpatient basis under the supervision of a licensed psychologist specializing in pain. Patients seen include those with acute/post-operative pain, chronic pain, and pain of uncertain etiology. Patients may be seen on the medical inpatient units, in the Psychology Clinic, or in the Specialty Pain Clinic.
    • Supervision—Training in provision of assessment and intervention supervision to advanced graduate students and pre-doctoral interns under the supervision of a licensed psychologist in the Psychology Clinic. This is a required rotation.
  • All fellows are provided supervision in a scaffolded approach.
    • Supervision is initially very close with increased independence as the fellow develops professionally and demonstrates increased proficiency with research and clinical activities.
    • Fellows are also provided with the opportunity to provide supervision to graduate students and pre-doctoral interns in research and clinical activities under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
  • All fellows participate in weekly trainee didactics that consist of journal club, group supervision, and lectures. Fellows are expected to present at least two times each year in didactics.
  • All fellows attend weekly Psychology Rounds and are expected to present in Rounds at least one time each year.
  • Multiple seminars are available campus-wide with focus on medical and psychological clinical and research factors in pediatric hematology-oncology and infectious diseases patients.
  • All fellows have weekly supervision with their primary mentors.
    • Fellows also have additional clinical supervision for both assessment and intervention cases. This is conducted in both group and individual format with multiple attending psychologists.
    • Post-doctoral fellows also have a minimum of one first-authored peer-reviewed publication submitted by the time they complete fellowship. Additional expectations for scholarly activities are agreed upon by fellows and their primary mentor(s) and vary depending upon each fellow’s percentage of research effort.