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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, maladaptive grief, 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:

Polly Gipson, PhD

Polly Gipson, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Her expertise is in evidence-based clinical practices, suicide risk assessment and intervention, and community-based participatory research. Clinically, she specializes in psychosocial interventions for anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, trauma and grief for children, adolescents, and their families. As a clinical educator, she serves as an attending for a cognitive behavioral therapy clinic for psychiatry, psychology and social work fellows. Dr. Gipson is part of the Young Adult and Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program. Presently, she is a Co-Investigator and Project Coordinator for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded randomized controlled effectiveness trial. This community-based project implemented in an urban underserved region is designed to prevent the initial occurrence of suicidal behavior in adolescents at elevated risk for suicide due to bully victimization, perpetration and/or low social connectedness. Her line of research will continue to focus on 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.

Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP

Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program, and Director of the UM Trauma and Grief Clinic for Youth (a Category III Site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network). Dr. Kaplow’s research interests focus on longitudinal studies of bereaved youth; biopsychosocial risk associated with maladaptive grief and youth PTSD; grief screening and assessment; and the development and evaluation of interventions for traumatized and grieving youth.

Michelle Kees, PhD

Michelle Kees, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Kees’ research focuses on risk and resilience in military families; large-scale evaluation of impact of military deployment; and development and evaluation of interventions for parenting, spouse resiliency, and military family support.

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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