Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers an advanced postdoctoral training program in Clinical Child Psychology.   The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year training program that has been training psychology fellows since 1990.  As the program grew, it evolved into its current structure that is based on unique training experiences in clearly defined emphasis areas.   Individuals are recruited specifically for each emphasis area and are offered training opportunities in a variety of departments and clinical services. The program trains 10 first-year fellows, and 10 second year fellows.

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The emphasis practice areas include:

  • Child and Family Community Psychology
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Trauma Psychology
  • Adolescent Medicine 

The postdoctoral training program is based on an integrated community mental health and health psychology model. It is designed to prepare psychologists to assume leadership roles as experts in clinical psychology in pediatric community and medical settings.  Depending on the emphasis area, fellows may be gaining professional experiences in outpatient mental health clinics, community clinics, schools and/or pediatric hospital units.  Through intensive supervision, didactic lectures and seminars, research and program development activities, and ample direct patient contact and consultation opportunities, fellows enhance and develop advanced clinical skills in their emphasis area.  In 2007, the program was accredited by the American Psychological Association and was one of only 4 programs accredited as a Child Clinical Substantive Specialty Practice Training Program. 

Fellows in all the emphasis areas are expected to meet the following training goals by the end of their second year of training:
1.     Fellows will acquire advanced clinical skills in their emphasis area. These include assessment and intervention skills.
2.     Fellows will routinely utilize evidence-based/best practices, and integrate research activities and research findings in their clinical work.
3.     Fellows will be able to gather, contribute to, and enhance interdisciplinary treatment teams in their practice area.  Fellows will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in consultation.
4.     Fellows will develop supervisory skills and practice clinical supervision (second year).
5.     Fellows will develop personal and professional qualities necessary to function as an advanced level independent psychologist.

To find out more about our program, please visit and review the latest Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program brochure. To apply, please refer to the contact information below.

For information about the program’s accreditation, please contact:

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Fax:  202-336-5978  |  Email