Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is the program/length of training?
A: This is a two-year, full-time training position.
Q: What are the benefits of the program
A: Please see the current brochure or contact us for current salary information and benefits. Children’s National Health System offers an excellent benefits package. Postdoctoral residents accrue four weeks of annual leave (vacation) per year. We also allow one week professional/ conference leave and a professional expense budget of $1,000/ year. There are nine paid federal holidays and one "floating" holiday (employee can choose). The hospital provides health insurance, optional dental and vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, back-up child care assistance, optional life and disability insurance.
Q: Is this a research or a clinical position?
A: This is primarily a clinical training position. Following the scientist-practitioner model, however, our Fellows are actively involved in ongoing clinical research as well, and have 20-30 percent of their time protected for this.
Q: What is the start date?
A: September 1
Q: What prior experience is required?
A: The following are required in order for your application to be competitive:
- A doctoral degree from an accredited graduate program, in a health service delivery area of psychology. Usually this would be an APA- or CPA-approved PhD or PsyD program in Clinical Psychology or Neuropsychology. We will also consider applicants from accredited School or Counseling Psychology programs if they have substantial, relevant clinical experience.
- A clinical psychology internship. We strongly prefer APA- or CPA-approved internships.
- Substantial prior clinical experience in both neuropsychology and in child and adolescent/ pediatric psychology. Most applicants have several relevant pre-doctoral externship placements, as well as a major rotation in pediatric neuropsychology on internship.
- Experience conducting research, such as completion of an empirical dissertation.
Q: Can I apply if my graduate program and/ or internship is not APA/CPA-accredited?
A: Yes, although this may make your application significantly less competitive. If possible, include additional information in your application. For example, if your graduate program or internship is in the process of applying for accreditation, include a letter from your Training Director that explains this. We are looking for the best overall "fit" to our program, but in general, an APA/CPA-approved graduate program is required and an APA-/CPA-approved internship is strongly preferred.