The UAMS Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship is a multi-site program consists of for four (4) full-time, 12-month positions, with the Fellowship providing 2000 hours of supervised training (which meets APPIC standards and Arkansas Psychology Board licensure requirements for postdoctoral training hours).  The Fellowship program is part of a comprehensive interdisciplinary training effort within the Department of Pediatrics at UAMS, and involves other trainees such as medical fellows, residents, students, social work interns, and speech/language pathology interns. 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). The Fellowship is under the direction of the Section of Pediatric Psychology and Schmieding Developmental Center (SDC), which consists of 15 doctoral-level psychologists, 4 postdoctoral fellows and 2 master’s-level psychological examiners. The Fellowship consists of two tracks: pediatric psychology (Little Rock) and child clinical (Northwest Arkansas, NWA).

 

Pediatric Psychology Track (3 positions)

The Pediatric Psychology track includes rotations in ACH outpatient clinics, inpatient consultation and the UAMS Dennis Developmental Center (DDC) with 60% of the clinical rotations being pediatric psychology focused. Fellows in the Pediatric Psychology Track are housed at the Little Rock site with the Pediatric Psychology Section. Please see the ACH and DDC descriptions below for rotation and training details.

 

Child Clinical/Neuropsychology Track (1 position)

The child clinical track has a focus on assessment with a minimum of 50% assessment per rotation and allows for pediatric and neuropsychology opportunities. This program can also satisfying requirements for board certification in pediatric neuropsychology as part of a 2 year training program through the clinical training and additional structured didactics/seminars. Fellows in the child clinical track/neuropsychology track are housed in NWA in the SDC. Please see the SDC and ACNW descriptions below for rotation and training details.

 

Little Rock

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) 

ACH is the only pediatric medical center and pediatric Trauma 1 facility in Arkansas. Known for being one of the largest pediatric medical providers with 359 beds and spanning 36 city blocks, 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, High-Risk Newborn, Audiology and Hearing Impairment, Weight Management, Sleep, 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 and various pediatric subspecialty outpatient clinics. ACH takes a patient-family centered care approach included several patient and family led initiatives and an extensive Family Engagement Center. For more information on specific clinics, resources and programs please see the Arkansas Children’s website at: https://www.archildrens.org

 

UAMS James L. Dennis Developmental Center (DDC)

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, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral assessment, multidisciplinary team assessment, and psychotherapy. For more information on specific clinics, resources and programs please see the UAMS DDS website at: https://pediatrics.uams.edu/clinical-programs-affiliates/dennis-developmental-center/

 

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)

The Pediatric Psychology track is partially funded by a grant to the Partners for Inclusive Communities. Fellows participate in the LEND interdisciplinary training program. Fellows on the Child Clinical track will have opportunities to participate in the LEND didactic lectures via teleconference and in person. The LEND program is federally funded through the Maternal Child Health Bureau and currently there are 43 LEND programs nationally. The purpose of the LEND program is to provide trainees with experiences to competently apply knowledge and skills to the care of persons with developmental disabilities and their families; effectively participate in an interdisciplinary process of designing, evaluating, and implementing programs; and effectively work in an interprofessional team. In addition to these clinical and training experiences, the fellows are encouraged to initiate research and/or participate in ongoing faculty research efforts. For more information please see the AUCD LEND website at: https://www.aucd.org/template/page.cfm?if=473

 

Northwest Arkansas

Arkansas Children’s North West (ACNW)

ACNW is the only pediatric medical in the northwest Arkansas area. It opened in January of 2018 to bring care closer to home for those children in this part of the state.  It is a 24 bed hospital without the pediatric Trauma I designation and has Angel 1 transport for expeditious transfers to ACH.  ACHNW proudly joins ACH in providing world-class medical care to children and families throughout Northwest Arkansas and provides expanded outpatient clinical services. Pediatric Psychology Fellows can cover several outpatient medical clinics including Cardiology, CPAP Adherence, Pulmonary/CF, GI/Liver, Audiology and Hearing Impairment, Weight Management, Sleep, Neurology, and Chronic Pain. Fellows may select from various elective experiences, which include developmental disabilities, research, various pediatric subspecialty outpatient clinics, concussion, and a multidisciplinary Developmental Disability clinic providing cutting edge pharmacogenetic counseling. More information regarding clinics and resources can be found at: https://www.archildrens.org/northwest

 

UAMS Schmieding Developmental Center (SDC)

SDC is an outpatient interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment center also serving a variety of patient populations with a focus on neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental assessments, complex learning problems, multidisciplinary team assessments, medical psychology, and concussion management from birth through 18 years of age.  The outpatient clinics operate similarly with a medical psychologist and resident providing support in these clinical settings as requested by subspecialists. More information on clinics and programs can be found at: https://sdcpediatrics.uams.edu/

 

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

Additional Information: The Handbook  program handbookdue process procedures  and Grievance Procedures are available for your perusal.