The Department of Pediatrics (DOP) at the UAMS has over 200 faculty members and provides its clinical services through Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which is the one of the largest pediatric hospital in the nation and provides outstanding clinical facilities. Working at both UAMS and ACH, Fellows also have access to both the UAMS and ACH medical libraries, Employee Health, fitness center and campus resources. Fellows share dedicated office space in the Psychology Section where all of the pediatric psychology faculty are also located. Fellows receive administrative support from the Psychology Office Manager and Administrative Specialist. The Fellows are provided laptops with carrying bags, docking stations, desks and additional filing cabinets, pagers, telephones, business cards and access to a variety of training materials including books (e.g., DSM-V, Handbook of Pediatric Psychology 5th Edition, EPPP study materials). Fellows also receive training in the electronic medical record systems used on campus, EPIC Hyperspace and Allscripts HER.

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Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH)

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, 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, pediatric neuropsychology, 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:http://archildrens.org

J.L. Dennis Developmental Center (DDC)

The DDC is an outpatient interdisciplinary evaluation James L. Dennis Center exteriorand 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. For more information on specific clinics, resources and programs please see the UAMS DDC website at: https://pediatrics.uams.edu/clinical-programs-affiliates/dennis-developmental-center/

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. For more information please see the AUCD LEND website at: https://www.aucd.org/template/page.cfm?id=473

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 

Additional Information: The program handbook , due process procedures  and Grievance Procedures are available for your perusal.