Training Program

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Pediatric Psychology Fellowship is part of a comprehensive interdisciplinary training effort within the Department of Pediatrics at UAMS, and involves medical fellows, residents, students, social work interns, and speech/language pathology interns. The Fellowship is under the direction of the Section of Pediatric Psychology, which consists of 10 doctoral-level psychologists, 4 postdoctoral Fellows, and 2 master’s-level psychological examiners. In addition, psychologists are embedded in other sections within the Department of Pediatrics (i.e., Children At Risk, Adolescent Medicine, Behavioral Pediatrics, Center for Applied Research and Evaluation). Fellows receive clinical supervision from psychologists, all of whom are licensed in the state of Arkansas. Typical work hours approximate 45-50 hours/week with 80% time in clinical service and related activities.

Training sites include Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the J.L. Dennis Developmental Center (DDC). ACH is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas. Known for being one of the largest pediatric medical providers in the United States, ACH proudly provides world-class medical care to children and families throughout Arkansas and surrounding areas. Pediatric Psychology Fellows cover several outpatient medical clinics including Cardiology, CPAP Adherence, Pulmonary/CF, GI/Liver, Spina Bifida, Brain Tumor, High-Risk Newborn, Audiology and Hearing Impairment, Weight Management, Sleep, Headache, Burn/Plastics, and Chronic Pain. Also, Fellows cover the Inpatient Consultation/Liaison Service for all of ACH. Fellows may select from various elective experiences, which include developmental disabilities, research, medical crisis and loss, pediatric neuropsychology, and various pediatric subspecialty outpatient clinics.

The DDC is an outpatient interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment center that serves a variety of patient populations with a focus on children with developmental, learning, and/or behavioral problems from birth through 13 years of age. In the DDC, Fellows can participate in psychoeducational assessment, behavioral assessment, multidisciplinary team assessment, and psychotherapy.

The Fellowship is funded partially by a grant to the Partners for Inclusive Communities. Fellows participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program. The LEND program is federally funded through the Maternal Child Health Bureau and currently there are 43 LEND programs nationally. The national LEND objectives are:

  1. Advancing the knowledge and skills of all child health professionals to improve health care delivery systems for children with developmental disabilities.
  2. Providing high-quality interdisciplinary education that emphasizes the integration of services from state and local agencies and organizations, private providers, and communities.
  3.  Providing health professionals with skills that foster community-based partnerships; and
  4.  Promoting innovative practices to enhance cultural competency, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary partnerships.
  5.  The Fellowship includes a variety of training experiences, such as weekly pediatric grand rounds as well as monthly presentations in pediatric psychology, section administrative meetings, and peer review/case conferences. Numerous additional presentations also are available in various specialty areas. In addition to the above clinical and training experiences, Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing faculty research efforts. 

Nature of Training

  • Clinical experience in a variety of medical and developmental clinics
  • Participation in multidisciplinary team assessment and treatment planning
  • Individual supervision with each supervisor
  • Group supervision with Director and Associate Director of Fellowship Training
  • Direct observation of clinical skills
  • Didactics
  • Core reading/resource manual
  • Supplemental readings
  • Case presentation/peer review
  • Presentation to the section with evaluation/feedback to Fellow