Psychology Fellow-Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program (EDATP)

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

LOC_ROBERTS-Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research Req ID: 73541

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program (EDATP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow (2 year position) to work within the Timko Research Group (https://www.med.upenn.edu/timkolab/). Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is home to the Department of Pediatrics for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country in the U.S. News and World Report’s Honor Roll of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals. CHOP’s Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program is a collaboration between clinical care and research. The clinical program is a large and vibrant eating disorder program serving over 400 new pediatric and adolescent patients each year and has a treatment philosophy grounded in the principles of Family Based Treatment and other evidence-based treatment modalities. Research in the Timko Research Group focuses on neuro-cognition, reward, sex differences, the development/ modification of treatment for children and adolescents with restrictive eating and has collaborations within the EDATP  focused on metabolomics and inflammation in eating disorders. 

As part of the EDATP and Timko Lab, fellows will be able to receive training in neuroimaging, and will be eligible for internal grant opportunities, will collaborate with researchers in other areas at CHOP and within the University of Pennsylvania, and have the opportunity to join PolicyLab (https://policylab.chop.edu/), a center within the Research Institute at CHOP. Fellows will assist with manuscript and grant preparation and will be encouraged to develop/refine their own area of research. For candidates in need of clinical hours, opportunities are available in the context of ongoing and planned clinical trials and in our clinical program. Opportunities exist for training in FBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders, and Cognitive Remediation Therapy. Under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, fellows will have training experiences in the areas of research and clinical training that will help prepare them for a future career in a pediatric healthcare setting or university-based training program.  Finally, this is a unique post-doctoral training opportunity in that it offers exposure to a well-integrated multidisciplinary team in a Children’s Hospital setting, with opportunities to shadow and learn about pediatric medical management, nutrition services, and inpatient medical stabilization for young people with eating disorders.

If interested, please send a cover letter and current CV along with the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Alix Timko (timkoc@email.chop.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately.

Job Responsibilities
  • Under clinical supervision, the psychology fellow may engage in the following research, clinical and related activities:


  • Assessment of patients with a variety of medical, developmental, and mental health disorders.


  • Consultation with patients, families, and other professionals within the hospital and other community agencies (e.g., schools, community mental health). 


  • Psychological treatment of patients and families in order to support internalizing and externalizing disorders, coping with illness, developmental disorders, and school related problems.


  • Participate in active research projects including tasks related to subject recruitment, assessment and intervention in the context of research, and assisting with regulatory affairs and participation in human subjects research training.


  • Assist with preparation of posters, presentations, and journal articles based on research findings.   


  • Participate in the development of new research projects and assisting with grant writing


  • Umbrella supervision of other psychology clinical and research trainees, such as interns, externs, and research assistants


  • Participate in didactics through DCABPS and any other specific program didactic requirements


Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
Required Education and Experience
  • Ph.D. or Psy.D in psychology from program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).

  • APA/CPA-accredited internship training.

  • Experience and training in pediatric psychology at the extern or internship level. Specific clinical training and skills in pediatric pain management, as well as the application of cognitive-behavioral, biofeedback, and family systems interventions with children and families is preferred.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic
Additional Technical Requirements
  • Organizational and research skills. Skills in working with community agencies, schools, multidisciplinary teams, and other medical professionals.


All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

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