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Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s National Hospital offers two-year, full-time postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology. There are 2-3 openings each year. While all positions include broad training in pediatric neuropsychology, some positions allow for additional specialization in autism spectrum disorders or MTBI/ concussion. Upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will have gained the necessary clinical and research skills for independent practice in pediatric neuropsychology, as well as the knowledge base to pursue board certification in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Postdoctoral fellows complete comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations with a range of patient populations, including children and adolescents with medical diagnoses and those with neurodevelopmental disorders. Training opportunities also include rotations through the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, SCORE Program, Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy ProgramHematology/Oncology and other medical and neurodevelopmental rotations. Postdoctoral fellows participate in formal didactics and professional development opportunities such as providing supervision to pre-doctoral trainees. Residency positions are funded for at least 20 percent of research time. Current research projects include concussion/ mild traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy and neurofibromatosis.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted in December or early January (see brochure for this year’s deadline), and competitive candidates will be interviewed in January or February, typically in conjunction with the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Applicants should have completed APA/CPA-approved doctoral programs in clinical, school or counseling psychology and an APA/CPA-accredited predoctoral internship. Applicants should have an established interest and prior clinical experience with children and adolescents, as well as prior training in the area of neuropsychological assessment. Our postdoctoral fellows are expected to be actively involved in research, and as such, candidates should have completed an empirical dissertation and formal coursework in statistics and research methodology as part of their graduate program. The dissertation must be defended prior to the start of the fellowship on September 1.

Please refer to the current brochure or contact us for more information about due dates for the current year and required application materials. The postdoctoral training program at Children's National belongs to the Association for Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN), and is therefore designed to meet the criteria set forth by the Houston Conference on specialty education and training in clinical neuropsychology.  We participate in the APPCN Resident Matching Program, therefore all applicants must register with the National Matching Service. Information can be obtained from APPCN or NMS. This residency site agrees to abide by the APPCN policy that no person at this facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Contact Us

Interested individuals may also contact Laura Kenealy, Ph.D., for more information at 301-765-5430 or e-mail Please access the brochure for a detailed description of the positions currently available and the application process.

Download the 2022-2024 Program Brochure (PDF)