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Postdoctoral Training Program in Psychology

Clinical Child Psychology

The Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School was the first clinical child psychology postdoctoral training program in the nation to be accredited as a specialty by the American Psychological Association. Our overarching goal is to develop exceptional scientist-practitioners. We believe that advanced, specialized training in psychology over the two years of the fellowship is extremely important for those who seek academic careers or positions of leadership in clinical and educational settings. We seek applicants with strong research potential who are highly motivated to develop their own program of systematic research under the mentorship of our clinical child psychology faculty.

Our Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program provides advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and their families; professional consultation as a clinical child and adolescent psychologist; and programmatic empirical research. Click here for the goals and objectives of the training program. It also prepares psychology residents for licensure as a clinical psychologist in the state of Michigan and board certification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.

The primary training setting is the Rachel Upjohn Building, home to the U-M Depression Center and Ambulatory Psychiatry Programs. Separate clinical areas for children and adolescents, adults, and substance-abuse patients make up the first floor, with 335 offices and outpatient treatment rooms where psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and primary care clinicians can meet with and treat patients and families. The outpatient clinics are responsible for approximately 1200 new child and family evaluations and 11,000 return visits each year.

Postdoctoral psychology residents have the opportunity to implement and become highly skilled in a wide range of evidence-based, developmentally and culturally sensitive, psychosocial treatments for children, adolescents, and families. Psychology residents can choose to participate in a number of specialized clinics such as our Trauma and Grief Clinic and the Parent Child Relational Clinic, highlighting evidence-based treatment modalities such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma and Grief Component Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

The second floor of the Rachel Upjohn Building is devoted entirely to research focused on depression and suicidal behavior, bipolar disorder, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and related mental health issues, with labs, offices and open areas called “collaboratories” where researchers can gather to exchange ideas. Psychology residents participate in programmatic research with members of our clinical psychology faculty. Opportunities are available to pursue mentored research with several Clinical Child Psychology Faculty in our Department:

Angela Fish, Ph.D.

Angela Fish, PhD is a Clinical Instructor and Interim Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology Training within the Department of Psychiatry. Her clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as the implementation of evidenced based treatment for mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and other complex clinical presentations. She is a part of the multi-disciplinary autism assessment clinic within the department, utilizing the gold standard measures for autism assessment (the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition). Dr. Fish’s research interests focus around the evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Cynthia Ewell Foster, PhD completed her post-doctoral training in child clinical psychology at the University of Michigan.  Her pre-doctoral internship in child clinical psychology was completed at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Loyola University-Chicago.  Dr. Ewell Foster is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry. She coordinates the Psychological Testing Service for child clinical psychology post doctoral fellows and is involved in clinical training for Psychiatry Residents. 
Polly Gipson, PhD

Polly Gipson, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Frankel Program, Director of the Trauma and Grief Clinic, and part of the Youth and Young Adult Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program. Her expertise is in evidence-based clinical practices, suicide risk assessment and intervention, and community-based participatory research. Dr. Gipson’s research interests include community-based prevention and intervention strategies for underserved ethnic minority adolescents at elevated risk for suicidal and other adverse psychological outcomes.

Renee Rienecke Hoste, PhD.

Renee Rienecke Hoste, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Clinical Services and Research of the U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program.  Her research interests include the role of expressed emotion in treatment outcome for adolescent eating disorders, the impact of the family on treatment outcome, and the development and evaluation of treatment for patients with eating disorders and their families.

Michelle Kees, PhD

Michelle Kees, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a principal faculty member with M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks), a portfolio of innovative programs addressing military mental health. Dr. Kees’ research focuses on risk and resilience in military families; peer mentorship programs supporting college student veterans; and large-scale community dissemination of evidence-based programs.

Cheryl King, PhD, ABPP

Cheryl King, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the UM Institute for Human Adjustment at the University of Michigan.  She also serves as Co-Director of the UM Trauma and Grief Clinic for Youth. With a history of continuous research funding for the past 15 years, Dr. King’s research focuses on youth suicide risk; bullying victimization; and the development of screening, risk assessment, and intervention strategies for at-risk youth.

Kate Rosenblum, PhD

Kate Rosenblum, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Women’s Mental Health and Infants Program, Co-Director of the Parent Child Relational Clinic, and Co-Director of the UM Trauma and Grief Clinic for Youth. Dr. Rosenblum’s research focuses on infant/early childhood mental health; evaluation of relationship-focused interventions for high-risk families with young children, such as military families; and longitudinal studies of parenting in at-risk families.



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